days. Items that are eligible for pick-up include computers, radios, TVs,
VCRs, DVD players and smaller items such as cell phones, cameras, MP3 players
and computer cables. Set small unwanted electronics out in the recyclable
plastic E-waste bag the City included in the 2010/2011 collection calendar or
in an open cardboard box. Place large items beside the Garbage Bin. Protect
your privacy - clear all personal data from computers, cell phones and
electronics prior to disposal. All batteries should be removed and disposed of
at a Household Hazardous Waste depot.
In 2010, Toronto also expanded its waste diversion collection services for
multi-residential buildings to include E-waste. Some buildings have ordered
free E-boxes to place in common areas. Residents can bring their electronic
items to this centralized location, and building management will arrange for
free City pickup. Other buildings have provided free E-waste bags to
residents. Residents should check with their Superintendent or building
management to see how the building is handling E-waste.
For a complete list of eligible electronic items and proper set out
WeWantIt.ca or call 311.
Natural Christmas trees will be collected in January on residents’ scheduled
garbage collection day. Residents can check their collection calendars for
their collection day. Tree bags, tinsel, ornaments, nails, tree skirts,
stands, etc., must be removed before placing the tree at the curb. The City
will not collect Christmas trees set out in plastic bags or tree bags. Trees
should be clear of snow and ice and easily accessible.
The 100,000 Christmas trees collected annually are shredded and made into
finished compost. Christmas trees diverted from landfill each year help toward
achieving Toronto’s goal of 70 per cent diversion.
To prevent damage to Blue, Garbage and Green Bins and for winter safety
reasons, residents are asked to ensure bins don't interfere with snow plows
that need to clear both roads and sidewalks. Place collection bins at the foot
of the driveway, if you have one. Or shovel out a clearly visible, accessible
spot for collection bins. Do not put bins behind or on top of snow banks, on
the sidewalk or road.