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?

  • Dawn Lyons
    Took Challenge 2014-05-24 16:31:04 -0400
    Been there, done that. although I did check back in today since things change :). One complaint (ok, whine whine whine) is that the recycling link seems to be dead. Was trying run off a couple of copies for my non-internet connected neighbours, but nothing would print. :( Also, info contradicts. One location says coffee sleeves OK to recycle, another says no-no. Get with the program indeed!
  • Meghan Proudfoot Hila
    Took Challenge 2014-05-23 13:45:34 -0400
  • Shawn Vanderheyden
    Took Challenge 2014-05-23 06:34:29 -0400
    love the waste wizard(s) ;)

    just wish i didn’t have to receive the printed calendar each year … the same online tool is great.

    although i still find it confusing to determine if certain packaging products are recyclable – we don’t buy the typical / common products that they display in their images.
  • Yvonne Ho
    Took Challenge 2014-05-22 15:06:21 -0400
    I learned about the waste wizard last year, it’s a very useful tool when it comes to finding out what to do with my waste and recyclables!
  • Clare Esler
    Took Challenge 2014-05-21 19:13:33 -0400
  • Farah Motani
    Took Challenge 2014-05-18 20:47:35 -0400
    Just e-mailed 311 for my new Waste Calendar! Also gave the Waste Wizard a go! Did you know that coffee cup sleeves are recyclable? Can’t wait to share this great tool with all my friends and family!
  • Andrew J Holownych
    Took Challenge 2014-05-16 15:36:58 -0400
    the wizard knows everything….or does it? my goal will be to try to find something i want to dispose of, that ISNT in the wizard!
  • Mieke Foster
    Took Challenge 2014-05-16 12:00:26 -0400
    I bookmarked the Waste Wizard a long time ago and most of my friends in Toronto know about it.
  • Abdurrazzaq Durojaiye
    Took Challenge via 2014-05-15 10:56:37 -0400
  • Patricia McPhail
    Took Challenge 2014-05-15 07:34:34 -0400
    We have been very diligent about sorting our waste for many years – we recycled cans to the Continental Can Company and glass to Consumers Glass long before we had a recycling program in place. Those places no longer exist, but the recycling programs are good – hope they get better!
  • Leah Penttila
    Took Challenge via 2014-05-14 17:50:55 -0400
  • Emily Green
    Took Challenge via 2014-05-14 11:41:10 -0400
    Update: happy to discover cookie trays can be recycled! (and hopefully chocolate trays fit into that category too).

    I discovered the Waste Wizard about a year ago and with its help and the help of the Toronto website, I have now become quite the waste sorting pro. Whenever I am unsure where something goes, I use the Waste Wizard. Recently found out pudding cups can be recycled in Toronto. Yay! :) I’ll try to keep sharing it with more people I know in Toronto. It’s a fast and handy way to find out where something goes.
  • Katherine-Anne Skinner
    Took Challenge 2014-05-13 12:43:39 -0400
    Wow, didn’t know about the waste wizard, though I’d seen it advertised. I feel pretty confident about my knowledge of what goes where but it was good to get that confirmed on this page
  • Marilyn McKim
    Took Challenge 2014-05-12 21:12:06 -0400
    I do use the Waste Wizard when I’m unsure. And I share tips with family and colleagues at work. I seem to be the “Go to” person!
  • Adele Therias
    Took Challenge 2014-05-10 07:56:49 -0400
    apparently plastic cutlery is recyclable? i never knew!!! thanks waste wizard~ i shared this challenge with my eco team and school through our facebook group and page :)
  • Nadia Heyd
    Took Challenge via 2014-05-09 21:21:59 -0400
  • David Simmons
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 21:49:22 -0400
    Thanks for pointing out the Waste Wizard
  • Vanessa McMain
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 16:17:37 -0400
  • Sofia del Junco
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 16:13:56 -0400
  • Kate Busby
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 15:42:56 -0400
  • Siobhan MacLean
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 15:26:24 -0400
    Great resource!
  • Claire Stevenson-Blythe
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 12:50:39 -0400
    I just did it! Finally found out where Tim Hortons Cups go- Garbage Bins. So happy to have learned about this tool.
  • Kady Cowan
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 09:41:10 -0400
    how about a city free cycle tool

    better upcycling opportunities

    better collection of good quality -lightly used stuff

    more “re-stores”
  • Mary Goldman
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 08:53:24 -0400
    Yes. I’ve booked marked the link and will use it. I have referred to the calendar in the past.
  • Terrie Tucker
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 08:48:46 -0400
  • Judy Newman
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 08:04:31 -0400
  • Laura Hallman
    Took Challenge 2014-05-08 00:17:36 -0400
    Yes, the ‘Ask the Waste Wizard’ answered my questions about recycling plastics! WOO!
  • Paul Roppolo
    Took Challenge 2014-05-07 23:36:13 -0400
  • Simon Cheesman
    Took Challenge 2014-05-07 22:45:50 -0400
  • Sascha Dho
    Took Challenge 2014-05-07 22:23:23 -0400