Every year, the City of Toronto manages over 900,000 tonnes of waste. This requires money, energy, and resources and takes up valuable landfill space. Waste reduction should always be top of mind as the less waste produced, the less there is to manage. Join the waste reduction movement and help keep items out of landfill.
- Reuse – Use reusable bags for shopping and gift giving, reusable bottles and mugs instead of disposables when on the go and real dishes and cutlery at events. When shopping, consider thrift stores and garage sales.
- Repurpose – Find new uses for things you would otherwise throw away. A few examples include using cookie tins for storage, turning old clothes into rags, using cans as pencil holders and using old jars as vases.
- Swap – Organize a swap with friends or attend one of the many swap events happening in the city.
- Borrow/Share/Rent – Borrow tools, party supplies, camping gear, sports equipment, board games and toys from a lending library or share things like a lawn mower or ladder with neighbours. You can also rent clothing for special events or one-time use.
- Repair – Extend the life of items like clothing, appliances and electronics by repairing them and keep an eye out for repair events in the city.
- Shop Consciously – Plan ahead, buy only what you need and consider the impact of packaging when making purchases.
- Donate – Give clothing, books, toys and more a new life by donating them.
Not-for-profit groups use donations in various ways. Some re-sell clothing and household items to provide support and/or employment for those in need and fund their activities and research. Others distribute donations directly to their clients. You can support these organizations by donating reusable items and shopping at their retail operations.
What agencies are looking for
Agencies want dry, clean and odourless household goods. Before you make a donation, please contact the organization to confirm their location, what items they accept and any other details. Items should be reusable and in working condition (unless otherwise specified). Keep in mind that most organizations have limited storage space.
What if my item is not accepted for reuse?
If furniture or appliances are not accepted for reuse, they can be set out for collection as oversized items on garbage day. If you live in an apartment or condo, speak with your building manager about where to bring furniture and appliances.
Electronics that cannot be reused or donated can be put out on garbage day for pickup or brought to a Drop-off Depot or Community Environment Day. If you live in an apartment or condo, speak with your building manager about where to bring your electronic waste.
Where to donate and buy used items
Please note: the listing of these organizations is not a City endorsement.
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