Challenge 3 - Use Toronto's Trash Tools

Screenshot of Waste WizardUse Toronto’s Trash Tools

Did you know that in Toronto, more than half of what residents are putting into their garbage bag shouldn't be there? Much of what is put out as garbage can actually be recycled or composted.

There is a lot to learn about Toronto’s waste, and how we can reduce it.

The good news is that the City has a number of user-friendly tools to help you put your waste in the right place!


  • Visit toronto.ca/wastewizard and bookmark the Waste Wizard, a simple online search tool to identify where to put your waste.
  • The free City waste calendar lists waste collection days and each month features a number of tips on how to sort your waste - if you didn’t get one, order one now by calling 311 or send an email to 311@toronto.ca and ask for a Waste Calendar.

Tip:  See "What Goes Where" on City of Toronto website for links to information on how to sort and set out your waste.


Take the extra step:
If you already use the City tools above, share these links with a friend, or a family member.

Did you take this challenge?

  • @Binu1117 tweeted link to this page. 2014-07-14 14:52:30 -0400
    I'm using Toronto’s Trash Tools in the @TOenviro #WasteFreeTO Challenge! http://www.wastefreeto.ca/challenge_3?recruiter_id=111924
  • Leslie Forge
    Took Challenge 2014-07-11 12:49:30 -0400
  • Rebecca Ong
    Took Challenge via 2014-07-10 23:27:09 -0400
  • Nancy Ong
    Took Challenge via 2014-07-10 22:47:48 -0400
  • k. dunbar
    Took Challenge 2014-07-10 22:06:18 -0400
    I use the waste wizard, the calendar and have a file on hand entitled “where to get rid of stuff”
  • Franz M Hartmann
    Took Challenge 2014-07-10 11:41:37 -0400
    I use the Waste Wizard pretty regularly. I’ve also got my daughter using it! I wish it was a bit more user friendly.
  • Lina Lum
    Took Challenge 2014-07-09 21:45:34 -0400
  • Arlynn MacDermott
    Took Challenge 2014-07-09 18:58:24 -0400
  • Sandra Nakata
    Took Challenge 2014-07-09 18:45:08 -0400
  • Justin Conley
    Took Challenge 2014-07-09 12:32:40 -0400
    I like to think that I am pretty savvy when it comes to reducing and recycling, however, I was shocked to learn that coffee cup are not recyclable!
  • Willie Macrae
    Took Challenge 2014-07-09 11:03:42 -0400
  • Chungy Tibet Dzonga
    Took Challenge 2014-07-09 00:23:33 -0400
  • Leigh Valliere
    Took Challenge 2014-07-08 22:42:47 -0400
  • Denise Robichaud
    Took Challenge 2014-07-07 08:43:20 -0400
  • Karin Meinzer
    Took Challenge 2014-07-01 12:26:46 -0400
    I always check online or in the calendar if I have a question about how to dispose of something.
  • Diane Devenyi
    Took Challenge 2014-06-24 22:00:15 -0400
    I have always read through the calendar every year and learned a lot form it. I posted a message on Facebook about coffee cups and sestet that people use the Waste Wizard.
  • Deborah Livingston-Lowe
    Took Challenge 2014-06-21 09:48:53 -0400
    The calendar is helpful.
  • Irma Marigsa
    Took Challenge 2014-06-20 16:13:48 -0400
  • David Livingston-Lowe
    Took Challenge 2014-06-20 10:46:33 -0400
    Love the Waste Wizard. I use it regularly throughout the year. The calendar is on the wall at work.
  • Mark Kinoshita
    Took Challenge 2014-06-19 20:38:52 -0400
    good resource – but still doesn’t answer the question of why food soiled cardboard is not picked up when in the green bin, or electronics left out in a box is not picked up (especially computer components, drives, boards).
  • Stephanie Savoie
    Took Challenge 2014-06-18 22:20:50 -0400
  • catherine sutherland
    Took Challenge 2014-06-17 12:05:29 -0400
    Yes, I looked up wastewizard and read it and bookmarked it as a favourite. I already get the calendar.

  • Gabriela Haden-Pawlowska
    Took Challenge 2014-06-13 16:04:59 -0400
    I use the calendar to help me and any visiting family members sort things appropriately
  • Banusha Mahendren
    Took Challenge 2014-06-06 12:46:59 -0400
  • Mark Jamieson
    Took Challenge 2014-06-04 09:44:38 -0400
  • Celia Zhang
    Took Challenge via 2014-06-02 12:24:42 -0400
  • Adam Rennie
    Took Challenge 2014-05-29 21:24:51 -0400
    The city tools are great and have gotten better. Still, I think there could be more advertising and public education across the city, especially when rules change (or, as we’ve all experienced in an industrial, commercial, or institutional building, they are completely different – because the vast amount of garbage that travels through these channels is privately negotiated and unregulated).
  • John Cowan
    Took Challenge 2014-05-28 07:15:42 -0400
  • Dawn Lyons
    Took Challenge 2014-05-24 18:59:04 -0400
    Why yes, yes I did. Wizard bookmarked, info shared. Although sharing was difficult — it is v hard to print out the CityOfToronto stuff, which I was trying to do for a couple of internet-less neighbours. Why do they make it so hard?
  • Barbara Hickling
    Took Challenge 2014-05-24 17:25:09 -0400
    I’m still unclear whether certain items are recyclable or not. The What Do I Do With It search would be better with pictures/samples.