When it comes to recycling, QUALITY is key and the City is here to help. Check out our various links to the right for more information on:
- Residential and commercial waste hauling services, rates, and programs
- Construction and demolition recycling services (and requirements for qualifying projects)
- City-approved bin and dumpster rental companies
- Hazardous waste disposal
- Resources for reuse and item donation
State requirements for recycling and organics (green waste, food scraps) have changed a lot over the past decade while global commodity markets have completely changed the way we recycle.
Whether you are a home owner or business owner, make sure to stay informed on current and best waste management practices by using the RecycleTO app and checking our Trash & Recycling page frequently.
NOW is the time to focus on the QUALITY of our City's recycling, and here's how everyone can help:
#1. Keep plastic bags (and plastic wrap/film) out of your recycling bin. This includes bags used to collect recyclables at home or at work.
Plastic bags wrap around recycling equipment during the sorting process, causing equipment to jam and sometimes break altogether. Also bottles and cans can get lodged in plastic bags and will end up being landfilled instead. Bag ripping equipment does not exist at all recycling facilities, so there is no guarantee that a bag of recyclables will be recycled. If you insist on using a bag, simply empty it into the recycling bin picked up by your waste hauler and reuse the bag or toss it in the trash. Best yet is to recycle plastic bags at your local grocery store, Target, or Kohls in their drop boxes for plastic bags. For a list of what plastic bags are recyclable in the disposal bins at stores, see our blog called "Bag it -- Or Not!". Just click on the archived news to search for it.
#2. Rinse any food-contaminated containers.
Empty any fluids or contents from bottles and containers and rinse before placing in recycling bin.
#3. Keep non-recyclables out of your recycling bin.
Just include paper, cardboard, cartons, hard plastics (if in doubt, look for the recycling symbol #1 – 7), metal, glass (bottles and containers only).
- No plastic bags, film plastic, cling wrap, bubble wrap, or shipping wrap
- No Styrofoam (polystyrene)
- No food waste or food soiled wrappers, containers, or napkins in recycling bin
- No hazardous waste such as paint, automotive fluids, batteries, poisons, chemicals (for proper disposal click here)
- No electronic waste or “e-waste” (computers, TVs, cell phones, gaming consoles, etc.)
- No yard, landscape or construction or demolition waste
- No medical waste, sharps/needles, or medications/pharmaceuticals
- No human or pet waste, diapers, or personal hygiene products
Remember – although machinery is used to help with sorting in recycling facilities, much of the work is still done manually. So, do those folks a favor and keep your family’s medical waste, needles, poisons and diapers out. They can be dangerous, and we know you don’t want to put the workers’ health at risk. In addition, placing medical waste, medications and needles in waste bins also puts wildlife at risk.