If you live in a single-family home with daytime curbside collection, your waste is collected on a specific day of the week depending on where you live in the City.

Recycle bin, green bin and yardwaste to be placed 0.5 metres between bins

Set Out Instructions

  • Place bins/items at curbside before 7 a.m.
  • Ensure they are as close to the street as possible, clearly visible and accessible
  • Ensure 0.5 metres between bins
  • Never place items or bins behind or on snow banks
  • Ensure bin lids are properly closed to prevent litter from blowing
  • Leave space around all bins and items so the trucks’ automated arms can grab and lift bins.

 

 

Green Bin in proper position with arrows on lid squarely facing the street and the handle in the locked position

 

The way you set your Green Bin out for collection is very important:

  • Our collection operation can only work when the bin is properly set out.
  • With the dial/latch in the locked position, set the bin out for collection with the arrows on top facing the street
  • The bin must be set out squarely facing the street so that the truck’s automated collection arms can grip the bin to lift, tilt and empty
  • Do not put yard waste in the Green Bin. Yard waste is collected and processed separately.
  • Wash bins regularly with dish soap and water

Leave space around all bins and items set out for collection so that the truck’s automated arms can grab and lift bins: 

Proper set out of bins and yard waste bag with bins facing the street and 0.5 metres between bins and yard waste.

How to use the new latch:

  • Turn the dial either right or left to the unlock position to open the bin
  • If the dial that locks/unlocks the bin is stiff at first, it will loosen up with use
  • For quicker results, rotate the dial back and forth several times
  • Place the bin at curbside in the locked position
  • The gravity lock will automatically release when the bin is collected and tilted over the truck.

The new Green Bins have a gravity lock and have been designed to be:

  • animal resistant
  • easy to use
  • larger
  • suitable for automated collection

Leave space around all bins and items set out for collection so that the truck’s automated arms can grab and lift bins:

Proper set out of bins and yard waste bag with bins facing the street and 0.5 metres between bins and yard waste.

  • Put items in the bin loosely
  • If you have overflow recycling, put it in a clear bag and place it beside your bin
  • If you regularly have overflow recycling you need to upsize your bin by calling 311
  • Wash bins regularly with dish soap and water

Leave space around all bins and items set out for collection so that the truck’s automated arms can grab and lift bins:

Proper set out of bins and yard waste bag with bins facing the street and 0.5 metres between bins and yard waste.

  • If you have garbage beyond what fits in your bin with the lid closed, it must be bagged, tagged and set out beside your Garbage Bin for collection.
  • Garbage Tags are available for purchase online and at Toronto Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian Tire locations.
  • The City will pick up oversized items (appliances, furniture, carpets, etc.) on your garbage collection day for a fee.
  • Wash bins regularly with dish soap and water