Community Environment Days
Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring your unwanted household items to a Community Environment Day to:
- Extend the life of a product by making it available for reuse
- Ensure that items are properly disposed of or recycled
- Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill
- Ensure that hazardous waste materials are disposed of safely
- Learn about current waste diversion initiatives.
New Green Bins
- A new style of Green Bin is coming.
- Green Bin exchanges will not be available at Community Environment Days events.
- Call 311 for more bin exchange information.
- Kitchen Container ($5 each)
Pick up for Free
- Compost (limit of one cubic metre per household)
Drop off for recycling or proper disposal
Donate items to local schools for reuse
- Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
- Children’s books, musical instruments
- CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
- Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
- Arts and crafts supplies–pencils, crayons, markers
- Corks, cork boards, clipboards
- Dress up clothing–costumes, prom dresses, uniforms
Donate items for reuse
Please keep these separate from other items.
- Sporting goods (e.g., skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
- Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
- Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
- Small household items (e.g., dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
- Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
- Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank
Note: You can recycle plastic shopping bag, foam polystyrene, empty paint and aerosol cans in your Blue recycling Bin.
Please do not bring construction waste, air conditioners, garbage, wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/ industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.
Torontonians are more actively involved in dealing with current environmental challenges and are bringing more of their “stuff” to Community Environment Day events for re-using, recycling or safe disposal.
|Year||Participants||Amount of Waste Collected|
|2010||32,863||335,851 kg of electronics
406,640 kg of HHW (household hazardous waste)
69,597 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
|2011||30,053||272,450 kg of electronics
332, 695 kg of HHW(household hazardous waste)
135, 952 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
|2012||25,916||202,240 kg of electronics
290,030 kg of HHW (household hazardous waste)
67,110 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
|2013||24,594||155,490 kg of electronics
303,945 kg of HHW (household hazardous waste)
108,652 kg of non-Blue box material diverted
|2014||29,751||167,661 kg of electronics
310,845 kg HHW (household hazardous waste)
68,792 kg of reusable household goods
7,468 kg of arts & crafts supplies
|2015||30,215||111,185 kg of electronics
340,400 kg HHW (household hazardous waste)
56,470 kg of reusable household goods
13,535 kg of arts & crafts supplies
|2016||26,400||125,200 kg of electronics
320,390 kg HHW (household hazardous waste)
57,350 kg of reusable household goods
7,830 kg of arts & crafts supplies
123 kg of food donated
|2017||19,100||99,370 kg of electronics
290,260 kg HHW (household hazardous waste)
48,790 kg of reusable household goods
9,840 kg of arts & crafts supplies
105 kg of food donated
Non-Blue box materials include donations for reuse or recycling through community organizations and TDSB schools. Prior to 2009, the total non-Blue box amount listed here also included plastic shopping bags and polystyrene, which have since been included in the Blue Bin program.