Community Environment Days
Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring your unwanted household items to a Community Environment Day to:
- Extend the life of a product by making it available for reuse
- Ensure that items are properly disposed of or recycled
- Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill
- Ensure that hazardous waste materials are disposed of safely
- Learn about current waste diversion
Pick up for free
- Compost (limit of one cubic metre per household)
- Kitchen Container ($5 each)
Drop off for recycling or proper disposal
Donate items to local schools for reuse
- Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
- Children’s books, musical instruments
- CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
- Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
- Arts and crafts supplies: pencils, crayons, markers
- Corks, cork boards, clipboards
- Dress up clothing: costumes, prom dresses, uniforms
Donate items for reuse
Please keep these separate from other items.
- Sporting goods (e.g., skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
- Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
- Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
- Small household items (e.g., dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
- Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
- Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank
Note: You can recycle plastic shopping bag, foam polystyrene, empty paint and aerosol cans in your blue recycling bin.
Please do not bring construction waste, air conditioners, garbage, wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/ industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.
Weekend events are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Weekday events are 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
* Schedule subject to change
|Sat. April 7||41||Lee||Nashdene Yard||70 Nashdene Rd.|
|Sat. April 7||13||Doucette||Sir. Casmir Gzowski Park||2001 Lake Shore Blvd. (east of Ellis Ave.)|
|Tue. April 10||34||Minnan-Wong||Donwoods Plaza||51-81 Underhill Dr. (north of Lawrence Ave. E)|
|Thurs. April 12||11||Nunziata||Eglinton Flats||101 Emmett Ave.|
|Sun. April 15||3||Holyday||Etobicoke Civic Centre||Behind City building (enter from Civic Centre Court)|
|To be rescheduled||21||Mihevc||Wychwood Barns||Along Wychwood Ave. (South of St. Clair Ave. W)|
|To be rescheduled||28||Troisi||Lower Sherbourne Park||Along Frederick St. (south of The Esplanade)|
|Thurs. April 19||37||Thompson||McGregor Community Ctr||2219 Lawrence Ave E. (West of Kennedy Rd)|
|Sat. April 21||44||Hart||Colonel Danforth Park||73 Colonel Danforth Trail (off Kingston & Lawson Rd.)|
|Sat. April 21||4||Campbell||Richview C.I.||1738 Islington Ave. (at Eglinton Ave W)|
|Sat. April 28||33||Enbridge Gas west parking lot||500 Consumers Rd. (west of Victoria Park Ave.)|
|Sat. April 28||14||Perks||Sorauren Park||Along Wabash Ave (South of Dundas St. W.)|
|Tue. May 1||15||Colle||Baycrest Arena||160 Neptune Dr.|
|Sat. May 5||31||Davis||East York Memorial Arena||888 Cosburn Ave.|
|Sat. May 5||19||Layton||Fred Hamilton Park||Along Shaw St. (South of College St.)|
|Sat. May 5||25||Robinson||York Mills C.I. East parking lot||490 York Mills Rd.|
|Tue. May 8||8||Perruzza||Black Creek Pioneer Village||1000 Murray Ross Pkwy (east of Jane St. off Steeles Ave.)|
|Sat. May 12||6||Grimes||Snow Storage Facility||207 New Toronto (Across from CN Rail Yard)|
|Sat. May 12||26||Burnside||Leaside Memorial Community Gdns||1073 Millwood Rd.|
|Thurs. May 17||32||McMahon||Ted Reeve Arena parking lot||175 Main St. (enter off Ted Reeve Dr.)|
|Sat. May 19||17||Palacio||Loretto College||151 Rosemount Ave (west of Dufferin St.)|
|Thurs. May 24||36||Crawford||Scarborough Village Community Ctr.||3600 Kingston Rd.|
|Sat. May 26||20||Cressy||Central Technical School||725 Bathurst St. (enter off Harbord St. & Borden St.)|
|Sat. May 26||40||Kelly||Agincourt Mall||3850 Sheppard Ave E. (at Kennedy Rd.)|
|Sat. May 26||24||Shiner||Seneca College rear parking lot||1750 Finch Ave E. (Newnham Campus-enter of Don Mills Rd.)|
|Thurs. May 31||22||Matlow||North Toronto Memorial Arena||174 Orchardview Blvd. (off Yonge St. north of Eglinton Ave.)|
|Sat. June 2||12||Di Giorgio||Amesbury Arena||155 Culford Rd. (south of Lawrence Ave. W)|
|Sat. June 2||38||De Baeremaeker||Scarborough Village Community Ctr.||3600 Kingston Rd.|
|Tue. June 5||10||Pasternak||Esther Shiner Stadium||5720 Bathurst St. (at Finch Ave. W.)|
|Thurs. June 7||7||Mammoliti||Downsview Arena Parking Lot||1633 Wilson Ave.|
|Sat. June 9||43||Ainslie||Morningside Work Yard||891 Morningside Ave. (South of Hwy 401)|
|Sat. June 9||23||Filion||Earl Haig Secondary School||100 Princess Ave. (Kenneth Ave. south of Empress Ave.)|
|Sat. June 16||29||Fragedakis||Dieppe Park||455 Cosburn Ave. (east of Greenwood Ave.)|
|Sat. June 16||1||Crisanti||Albion Centre||1530 Albion Rd. (At Kipling Ave.)|
|Tue. June 19||16||Carmichael Greb||North Toronto Memorial Arena||174 Orchardview Blvd. (off Yonge St. North of Eglinton Ave.)|
|Sat. June 23||18||Bailão||Dufferin Mall parking lot||900 Dufferin St. (south of Bloor St.)|
|Sat. June 23||35||Holland||SATEC@ W.A. Porter C.I.||40 Fairfax Cres (enter off of Warden Ave)|
|Sun. July 1||30||Fletcher||Bridgepoint Hospital||Along Blue Rodeo Dr. and Bridgepoint Dr.|
|Sat. July 7||9||Augimeri||3100 Keele St.|
|Sun. July 8||42||Shan||Malvern Community Rec. Centre||30 Sewells Rd. (east of Neilson Rd., north of Sheppard Ave. E)|
|Sat. July 14||27||Wong-Tam||Allan Gardens||19 Horticultural Ave. (Along Carlton St)|
|Sat. July 14||5||Di Ciano||Etobicoke School for the Arts||675 Royal York Rd.|
|Sat. July 21||39||Karygiannis||L’Amoreaux Community Centre||Enter off McNicoll Ave. (West of Kennedy Rd.)|
|Sat. July 28||2||Ford||Don Bosco Secondary School||2 St. Andrews Blvd.|
Resident are invited to pick up free compost at all Community Environment Day events. The compost was created from the yard waste and organic materials collected at the curb, throughout the City of Toronto.
The majority of the finished compost comes from the yard waste program, while five to ten per cent may come 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 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.
Torontonians are more actively involved in dealing with current environmental challenges and are bringing more of their “stuff” to Community Environment Day events for re-using, recycling or safe disposal.
|2013||155,490 kg of electronics
303,945 kg of HHW (household hazardous waste)
108,652 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
|2014||167,661 kg of electronics
310,845 kg HHW (household hazardous waste)
68,792 kg of reusable household goods
7,468 kg of arts & crafts supplies
|2015||111,185 kg of electronics
340,400 kg HHW (household hazardous waste)
56,470 kg of reusable household goods
13,535 kg of arts & crafts supplies
|2016||125,200 kg of electronics
320,390 kg HHW (household hazardous waste)
57,350 kg of reusable household goods
7,830 kg of arts & crafts supplies
123 kg of food donated
|2017||99,370 kg of electronics
290,260 kg HHW (household hazardous waste)
48,790 kg of reusable household goods
9,840 kg of arts & crafts supplies
105 kg of food donated
Non-Blue box materials include donations for reuse or recycling through community organizations and TDSB schools. Prior to 2009, the total non-Blue box amount listed here also included plastic shopping bags and polystyrene, which have since been included in the Blue Bin program.