Ask the Waste Wizard to find out where and how to properly dispose of an item.


Every year, the City of Toronto manages approximately 500,000 tonnes of garbage. This requires money, energy, and resources and takes up valuable landfill space. The City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy sets a goal of diverting 70 per cent of the waste generated in Toronto away from landfill by 2026. The strategy also highlights the importance of reusing, recycling and most importantly reducing waste. The less waste that is produced, the less there is to manage.

Items Accepted in the Garbage Bin

Items accepted in garbage

  • Liner bags (cereal, cookies, crackers)
  • Black plastic food containers, cutlery, lids
  • Hot drink cups (recycle non-black lids and sleeves)
  • Cold drink cups, straws (recycle lids)
  • Plastic bubble wrap
  • Laminated plastic film (stand-up pouches, snack food bags)
  • Dryer and disposable mop sheets, baby wipes, make-up pads, cotton tipped swabs, dental floss
  • Plastic or foil wrappers, aluminum foil
  • Drink pouches, straws
  • Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, wood chips, pencil shavings
  • Hair, pet hair, feathers, nail clippings, dryer lint Candles and wax, cigarette butts and ashes
  • Gum packages, blister packs
  • Light bulbs (not CFLs), dishes, drinking glasses
  • Metallic gift wrap and bows
  • Ribbons
  • Wooden fruit crates
  • Broken mugs, dishes

Printable Put Waste in its Place Poster with images.

The Importance of Recycling Right

Bad things happen when non-recyclable materials are placed in the Blue Bin. How bad? Bad enough that it can damage equipment, cause workplace injuries at the recycling facility and ruin otherwise perfectly good recyclables. Contaminated recycling is currently costing the City millions annually and last year more than 52,000 tonnes of non-recyclable material was incorrectly put in the Blue Bin. That’s a big problem you can help fix.