Here are all of the items that are accepted at the City’s Drop-Off Depots. Please check which items are accepted at each location.

Signs will be accepted at six Drop-Off Depots until Friday, October 22, 2021. Check locations and hours for sign drop-off.

These types of election signs are accepted for recycling at designated Drop-Off Depots, including wooden and metal stakes:

  • Corrugated plastic (i.e. Coroplast)
  • Fibre based (paperboard)
  • Plastic film (i.e. “sleeve” style signs)

Disposal instructions

  • Separate all wooden stakes, metal supports and screws from the signs. Dedicated containers will be provided at the Depot for each material.
  • Consolidate plastic sleeve signs in a clear plastic bag and tie shut when full.
  • Remove all staples from the signs. Staples damage recycling equipment therefore any signs with staples are considered garbage and regular disposal fees will be charged.
  • Do not bundle corrugated plastic signs.
  • Do not mix signs made of different materials.

Disposal costs

During the designated time period, there is no fee for dropping off separated clean corrugated plastic, paper fibre and plastic film election signs, associated supports and stakes for recycling.

Signs that are not brought to a Drop-Off Depot by Friday, October 22, 2021 must be disposed of in the garbage.

General rules and guidelines for election signs 

  • For a list of Household Hazardous Waste items and other disposal options visit the Household Hazardous Waste web page.
  • Household Hazardous Waste drop off is free of charge with the exception of fees for certain quantities of fluorescent tubes.

For a list of electronic waste items and other disposal options visit the Electronic Waste web page.

  • Baseboards
  • Bathtubs
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Doors
  • Drywall (1 tonne maximum, only accepted at Bermondsey, Ingram, and Commissioners Drop-Off Depots)
  • Fencing
  • Insulation
  • Lumber (4 feet maximum)
  • Plaster
  • Pressure treated wood
  • Roof shingles
  • Siding
  • Tiles

Note: Remove nails, screws, metal corner beads, ceramics, wood etc.

Fees apply to quantities weighing 100 kg or more.

The following items are not accepted at Drop-Off Depots:

  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Asphalt
  • Boats
  • Bricks
  • Cinder blocks
  • Concrete
  • Dead animals
  • Gravel
  • Paving stones
  • Rocks
  • Sod and grass clippings
  • Soil and sand
  • Stones

Contact a private company to arrange for proper disposal of these items.

The above lists are not comprehensive. Check Waste Wizard if you’re not sure how to properly dispose of an item.

  • Rubber tires (on or off rims), excluding heavy truck, forklift and large off-road tires, are accepted at some Drop-Off Depots.
  • Bermondsey, Commissioners and Ingram Drop-Off Depots accept a maximum of 10 tires per load. Dufferin Drop-Off Depot accepts any amount of tires.
  • Total tires up to 20 kg (44 lbs) are free to drop off. Fees apply to total tires that exceed 20 kg (44 lbs).
  • For a list of Yard Waste items visit the Yard Waste web page.
  • Drop-Off Depots will not accept any pieces that exceed 7.5 centimetres (three inches) in diameter or 1.2 metres (4 feet) in length.
  • Soil and grass are not accepted at any location.
  • Fees apply to quantities weighing 20 kg or more.


  • Garbage items
  • Recycling items
  • Mixed loads of garbage and recycling will be denied entry
  • Recycling is restricted to 1 tonne
  • Fees may apply
  • Auto parts and bicycles
  • Lawnmowers
  • Large/small appliance
  • Tools, pipes and cable
  • Fees apply to quantities weighing 20 kg or more.

The above list is not comprehensive. Check Waste Wizard if you’re not sure how to properly dispose of an item.