Community Environment Days will be held as drive-thru events at City Drop-Off Depots from September 12 to October 31, 2021. Find the event schedule below.


Community Environment Days help reduce the amount of reusable or recyclable waste going to landfill and allow for safe disposal of household hazardous waste.

Building on the success of last year, the City will host 14 drive-thru Community Environment Day events at the City’s Drop-Off Depots. Events will be held at two Drop-Off Depots on Sundays throughout September and October, 2021.

Pick up for free:

  • Bagged leaf compost (limit of two bags per vehicle, while supplies last)

Drop off for recycling or proper disposal:

Donate items for reuse:

  • Sporting goods
  • Books (excluding textbooks)
  • Cameras, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays
  • Dress-up clothing and costume jewelry
  • Clothing, footwear, accessories, linens, etc.
  • Small household items
  • Musical instruments, board games
  • Eyeglasses, walking aids, etc.

Please do not bring:

  • non-perishable food for donation
  • hearing aids
  • ink cartridges or toner
  • construction waste
  • air conditioners
  • garbage and Blue Bin recycling
  • wood
  • cassette and videotapes
  • commercial/industrial hazardous waste
  • tires and scrap metal

Check out the 2021 event schedule for dates and a list of Drop-Off Depot locations.

Residents are invited to pick up free bagged compost at a Community Environment Day event. Compost will come in 13 kg bags and will be limited to two bags per vehicle, while supplies last.

The compost was created from the yard waste and organic materials collected at the curb, throughout Toronto.

The majority of the finished compost comes from the yard waste program, while five to 10 per cent comes from the Green Bin program. Various Ontario processors receive both of these materials and blend them with organic materials of different types and sources, producing optimum conditions for composting. Before leaving the facilities, the compost is tested to ensure quality and provincial requirements for safety.

The compost acts as an excellent soil amendment and is safe to use in gardens and on lawns, however, plants should not be placed in pure compost just as they should not be placed in pure fertilizer. One part compost should be mixed with six parts soil.

Compost is the product of a controlled, safe and efficient process. The process uses naturally occurring micro-organisms to convert materials that were once considered waste, into an excellent source of plant nutrients for gardens and lawns. Compost also improves the structure and water holding properties of soil.

For more information, read the What Happens to Organics page.

By donating your items, you’re helping Community Environment Days support local charities and keep items out of landfill.

Waste Diversion Statistics 2015-2020

2020 28,020 kg of electronics
60,925 kg of household hazardous waste
28,020 kg of reusable household goodsCommunity Environment Days scheduled early in 2020 were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions on public events. To create a safe environment for residents to drop off items, the City held 7 events at Drop-Off Depots in October and November. Food for donation was not accepted at these events.
2019 103,710 kg of electronics
354,890 kg of household hazardous waste
78,867 kg of reusable household goods
70 kg of food donated
2018 99,595 kg of electronics
263,695 kg of household hazardous waste
51,682 kg of reusable household goods
15,030 kg of arts & crafts supplies
109 kg of food donated
2017 99,370 kg of electronics
290,260 kg of household hazardous waste
48,790 kg of reusable household goods
9,840 kg of arts & crafts supplies
105 kg of food donated
2016 125,200 kg of electronics
320,390 kg of household hazardous waste
57,350 kg of reusable household goods
7,830 kg of arts & crafts supplies
123 kg of food donated
2015 111,185 kg of electronics
340,400 kg of household hazardous waste
56,470 kg of reusable household goods
13,535 kg of arts & crafts supplies