Wednesday, June 24, 2009

City of Toronto - Garbage Disposal Information

Information as a result of the labour disruption
Garbage Disposal

June 24, 2009 - 5:40 p.m.The Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 have announced that they are on strike. The locals were in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2009.

Residents and businesses with questions about the contingency plans may Access Toronto at or 416-338-0338 / TTY 416-338-0889. Access Toronto is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents may call after normal business hours when call volumes may be lower. Updated information about all City services, programs and facilities is also available at

The following service adjustments will be in place for the duration of a strike by the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 79 and the Toronto Civic Employees’ Union Local 416 (CUPE).

Garbage Collection:


Residential curbside garbage, green bin and recycling collection is cancelled in all areas of the City except Etobicoke, where it will continue.

All city-wide yard waste, white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves), household hazardous waste, ElectroVan and HazMobile collection is cancelled, including in Etobicoke.

In areas with no collection services:

Residents are encouraged to properly package and store their garbage for the first week of a strike. Continue to separate green bin materials and other garbage.

  • Do not place any items out at the curb.

  • Store recyclables (can, bottles, paper and newspapers) and yard waste at home until regular collection resumes. Once your blue bin is full, continue to store recyclables in clear, plastic bags.

  • If taking waste to a drop-off site, combine green bin materials and other garbage and place in a securely tied, double plastic bag.

To minimize the amount of waste, please:

  • Postpone garden trimming and pruning

  • Use a backyard composter for yard waste and organics (no meat or dairy products should be composted)

Residents are asked:

  • To help elderly and disabled people in their neighbourhood by offering to take their garbage to designated nearest drop-off locations

  • Not to throw garbage onto streets, into laneways or parks

  • Not to leave litter or waste at litter bins. These will not be emptied during the disruption

Deliveries of pre-ordered new and additional residential garbage and blue bins will continue.

Existing requests for repairs or exchanges of residential bins will be postponed until the labour disruption has ended.

Should the labour disruption continue, allowances will be made to permit residents to put out additional garbage for collection after resumption of normal services.

Apartment Buildings and Condominiums

Apartment and condo superintendents: Check this list to determine if collection at your building will continue.

Please have containers ready for collection the night before as collection times and days may vary.

Garbage drop-off locations

All residential waste will be accepted free of charge. All must be double-bagged.

Transfer Stations

Two transfer stations will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accept both residential and commercial garbage:

Bermondsey Transfer Station: 188 Bermondsey Rd (Eglinton Ave. E. & Victoria Park Ave. area)

Ingram Transfer Station: 50 Ingram Dr(Keele St. & Eglinton Ave. W. area)

In addition, five transfer stations will be open 12 hours a day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, to accept both residential and commercial garbage. Remember to double bag.

Disco Transfer Station: 120 Disco Rd (Dixon Rd. & Carlingview Dr area)

Dufferin Transfer Station: 35 Vanley Cr(Chesswood Dr & Sheppard Ave. W. area)

Victoria Park Transfer Station: 3350 Victoria Park Ave(Victoria Park Ave & Finch Ave. E. area)

Commissioners Street Transfer Station: 400 Commissioners St(Lake Shore Blvd. E. & Logan Ave area)

Scarborough Transfer Station: 1 Transfer Pl(Markham Rd & Sheppard Ave. E. area)

Additional residential drop-off locations will be announced should the labour disruption continue for more than five days.