Opt in or opt out of City collection services


Toronto’s waste collection program is an all-or-nothing service. If your building opts out of City garbage collection, it will not be eligible for City collection of any other materials including recycling, Green Bin organics material, white goods/appliances, household hazardous waste and bulky furniture items, all of which are collected for free from buildings receiving City collection.

Building owners may choose not to receive City collection (and get private collection instead) but should estimate the cost of managing these other streams when evaluating a private sector quotation. For some buildings, the volume of these streams, and their resulting cost with private collection could be significant.

Owners considering private collection should be aware they must continue to provide recycling programs at their buildings in accordance with Ontario Regulation 103/94 passed under the Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.19, which the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is actively enforcing.

Individual residents would still be allowed to drop off their waste, including their individual household hazardous waste, at any City of Toronto Drop-off Depot subject to the rules and fees in place at the depot.