The City will pick up additional garbage, recycling and organic waste provided you follow a few simple steps.

Excess Garbage

  • Excess garbage beyond what fits in your bin must be bagged and 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.
  • Use a regular garbage bag for excess garbage and ensure that the Garbage Tag is attached to the bag and is clearly visible (attach it like you would a luggage tag).
  • Note: Yellow garbage bags have been discontinued.
  • Excess garbage and oversized items are different. The City will pick up oversized items (appliances, furniture, carpets, etc.) on your garbage collection day.

Excess Recycling

  • If you frequently have overflow recycling, please up-size your Recycling Bin.
  • Cardboard should be cut into small pieces, flattened and bundled with string or twine. Ensure pieces can fit back into the recycling bin.
  • Other excess recycling should be put in a large clear bag and placed beside the Blue Bin. Ensure bags can fit back into the recycling bin.

Excess Organics

  • Excess organics are less of an issue with the new Green Bin as it can hold almost 100 litres of material (the previous bin had a capacity of 53.5 litres).
  • If you find you have organics beyond what can fit in your bin, you can request an additional bin.