The City of Toronto is installing cameras on select City waste collection vehicles to capture images of the garbage collection process and support safe vehicle operation.

The information captured by these cameras is collected under the legal authority of the City of Toronto Act, S.O. 2006, Chapter 11, Schedule A, s. 136(c), the City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 844, Waste Collection, Residential Properties and the City of Toronto By-laws No. 777-2016 and 661-2018.

Questions about this collection can be directed to 311.

As part of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy, the City of Toronto is working to improve its waste collection services through the testing of new and innovative technology. The cameras have the ability to identify the location and contents of waste bins, which could assist the City in streamlining operations and improving customer service.

Cameras have been installed in a way that avoids the capturing of personally identifiable information. While the purpose of the cameras is not to collect personal information, there is a possibility that images of vehicle models, vehicle licence plates and pedestrians may be captured within the camera’s field of view.

In the event that this type of information is collected, it will be permanently deleted. The City of Toronto is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the City of Toronto Protection of Privacy Policy.

New equipment is being tested on an ongoing basis to help ensure the City’s waste collection vehicles continue to meet industry standards. Equipment testing will take place across Toronto and include City residential, litter and commercial collection vehicles.

Residents will be notified of cameras through:

  • Signage on City of Toronto Solid Waste vehicles
  • City of Toronto website (