After a 2018 audit of Garbage and Blue Bins in 33 Toronto parks found that approximately 84% of waste in bins next to Dog Off-Leash Areas was organic waste (dog poop), The City of Toronto piloted Green Bins next to 21 Dog Off-Leash Areas. Upon review of the pilot, it was found that almost all waste being put in the parks Green Bins was organic and there was approximately a 40% combined reduction of organic waste found in park Garbage and Blue Bins.

Due to the success of the pilot, Green Bins are being installed in all City of Toronto Dog Off-Leash areas. If dog owners and walkers properly dispose of dog poop in the Green Bins there is a potential for Toronto to divert approximately 300 tonnes of organic waste from landfill each year.

What You Can Do

All Toronto residents, especially dog owners and walkers, are asked to put dog poop in Green Bins in a plastic bag or paper bag. Bags do not have to be compostable or biodegradable. All organic waste can go in the Green Bins. In parks that do not have a Green Bin, residents should dispose of dog poop and other organic waste in garbage bins or take it home and place it in the Green Bin (organics). Organic waste should not be put in recycling (Blue Bins).

Why Organic Waste Should Go in the Green Bin

Diverting organic waste is a priority for the City as when organic waste is dumped in landfill, it undergoes decomposition without oxygen (anaerobic decomposition) and generates methane gas.

By diverting organic waste through the City’s Green Bin (organic waste) program organic waste is safely disposed of. The City and Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. will begin installing equipment at the Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility that will allow the City to turn the biogas produced into renewable natural gas (RNG) that can be used to fuel the City’s waste collection trucks.

Learn about what items you can put in Toronto’s Green Bin (organics) program.