TrashTalk: November 2017

The 2018 Waste Collection Calendar is now being delivered to Toronto households! The 2018 calendar is packed with information and tips on how to reduce, reuse and dispose of your waste properly, and includes a “Put Waste in its Place” Poster to help you figure out what goes in the Blue Bin, Green Bin, Garbage Bin and more!

It is now even easier to buy City of Toronto Garbage Tags  

Garbage Tags are now available online (shipping is free) and at Toronto Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian Tire stores. When put out for collection, Garbage Bins should not be overflowing. Garbage beyond what fits in your bin is considered excess and requires a Garbage Tag. Excess garbage must be put out beside your Garbage Bin in a regular black garbage bag with a Garbage Tag affixed (tip: fasten it like a luggage tag around the knot of the bag). The price of the tag covers the cost to pick up and dispose of the extra garbage. Excess garbage is different than oversized items. An oversized item is something that would never fit in your garbage bin, even when empty. Eligible oversized items are picked up on your scheduled garbage day and should be left half a metre (2 feet) from your Garbage Bin. Proper set out of garbage is important as it contributes to cleaner neighbourhoods and allows for more efficient collection.

Help curb contamination in Toronto’s Blue Bin recycling program The City of Toronto continues to see a significant amount of garbage and other non-recyclable materials in the Blue Bin recycling program. 

Tips to Help You Recycle Right:

  • Ask the Waste Wizard online at
  • Refer to your Recycling Calendar & Guide to learn what belongs in your Blue Bin, your Green Bin or garbage, or call 311.
  • Empty and rinse food containers before tossing them in your Blue Bin and put any food scraps in your Green Bin.
  • Donate items in good condition, such as used clothes, shoes, blankets, and curtains, to not-for-profit agencies (visit
  • Avoid putting black plastic of any kind in your Blue Bin, such as food containers, packaging, coffee lids or plastic garbage bags. These belong in your garbage bin.
  • Visit to learn more.