Tackle Toxic Trash
Certain types of waste can't go in the garbage or recycling bin because they contain toxic ingredients that can harm the environment or human health. This type of special waste needs to be sorted and sent to the right place so it can be recycled properly.
Special waste includes batteries, CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) and fluorescent tubes, medication, paint, oil, nail polish and cleaning products (anything with a 'hazard' symbol). Read the full list on the City website.
- Create a space in your home to store this. Choose a safe place away from kids and pets and keep all products in their original containers. Make a sign and let everyone in your household know about it.
- If you live in an apartment, ask your building manager to create a Special Waste drop off spot. They can call the City to collect it.
- Upload a photo of your waste collection spot in the comments below.
Where to recycle your hazardous and special waste:
Residents can drop off special waste free at any of the 7 City waste Drop-off depots.
You can drop off special waste (and other things) at Community Environment Days held across Toronto in the spring, summer and fall. Community Environment Days are held in each ward, ensuring that residents in all parts of the City have a nearby location to safely handle waste. Find out when your local event is on the City website.
If you've got a lot of special waste, the Toxic Taxi can come right to your door to collect special waste for free. You need the equivalent of 10 litres of hazardous waste (about 2 and half paint cans). Call 311 or fill out an online request.
- If you live in an apartment, talk to your Property Manager about arranging a collection day for the whole building
Take the extra step:
Find ways to reduce the special and hazardous waste in your home. Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposables. Or make non-toxic cleaners that are safer for you and the environment. See recipes in Section 8 of TEA's Toxics Reduction Tool Kit.