The 2020 rates and fees outlined below were approved by City Council on December 17, 2019. The rebates for garbage bins are determined as part of the tax-supported budget process and were approved by City Council on February 19, 2020.

Fees

Frequency Garbage Bin Size Annual Rate Rebate Annual Net Cost
Bi-weekly Small $266.24 $80.59 $185.65
Medium $323.20 $0.00 $323.20
Large $438.96 $0.00 $438.96
Extra Large $509.15 $0.00 $509.15
Weekly Small $323.20 $80.59 $242.61
Medium $438.96 $0.00 $438.96
Large $622.44 $0.00 $622.44
Extra Large $1,000.12 $0.00 $1,000.12

Phasing out of the Garbage Bin Rebate

For a number of years, many Solid Waste Management Services ratepayers have received a rebate or credit on each utility bill, funded from the property tax base. The rebate for the extra-large garbage bin was removed in 2017. During the 2019 budget process, City Council approved a three-year plan to phase out the rest of the garbage bin rebates. This included the large garbage bin rebate and bag-only rebate being phased out entirely in 2019, the medium garbage bin rebate over 2019 and 2020 and the small garbage bin rebate over 2019, 2020 and 2021. The phasing out of the rebates support Solid Waste Management Services’ transition to a self-sufficient and sustainable utility where operating expenses are fully covered by rate revenues.

Garbage Tags can be purchased online or at Toronto Canadian Tire and Shoppers Drug Mart stores.

 

Type Annual Rate
Bag-Only* (Bi-Weekly) $170.44
Bag-Only* (Weekly) $227.42
Garbage Tag $5.70 each

* Bag-only rates are only available to locations with special approval from the City. Bag-only customers are also required to buy Garbage Tags for each bag they set out.

Customer Type Material Annual Rate
(per  unit) 
All Residential (Single and Multi) Oversized items that do not fit in garbage bag or bin $15.90

The following is an approved fee providing for the collection of oversized and metal items per single family home and for each multi-residential unit per property location, regardless of whether the service is used.

Set Out Instructions

Bag Program Bin Program
  • Blue Bin Recycling – All recycling must be set out in clear/translucent bags. No garbage tag is needed for recycling.
  • Garbage – All garbage must fit in the City-issued Garbage Bin with the lid closed. See disposal tips for excess garbage.
  • Blue Bin Recycling – All recycling, including newspapers, magazines and cardboard, must fit in the Blue Bin with the lid closed. See disposal tips for excess recycling.
For disposing of Oversized & Metal Items, Electronic Waste, & Hazardous Hazardous Waste please speak with your building management.

Bag/Bin Placement

Bags and bins should be set out:

  • as close to the street as possible and free of obstructions
  • clearly visible and accessible
  • away from snow banks.

Set Out Time

Place items out between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.