Illegal dumping is the main problem in North York. Recently, the trash piles outside a complex building shocked everyone. As per research, over 10% of illegal dumping happens due to missed trash days.

Well, we’re here to prevent that. In this article, we will guide you in detail about garbage collection in North York, recycling centers, and bulky trash pickup. Cherry, on top, we also got you covered with hazardous waste disposal locations. 

So, let’s begin!

1. North York Garbage Schedule 2024

Curbside residential refuse is collected every other week. The collection begins at 7 a.m., and each residential area is assigned a specific day. Here’s how you can find your North York trash day:

  • Navigate to the city’s official website (click here)
  • Look up your address by adding it to the search box.
  • Your monthly trash, recycling, and green waste collection schedule will be displayed.

Keep in mind that you can only place carts outside a day prior to your collection day if your carts are secured with lids. Moreover, all residents are requested to set carts close to the road for easy access.

2. Get Your North York Garbage Collection Calendar For Free

Residents can also download the yearly trash collection schedule for free. Here is how to download your yearly garbage calendar:

  • Navigate to the city’s website (click here)
  • Type your address and get the schedule details
  • Then, click on the “full year collection map”

This way, you’ll be able to download the yearly calendar for free. However, residents of East York can also get the calendar directly from the website. 

3. Report Missed Trash Collection

If you’ve rolled out carts on the curb in time, still your carts are still not emptied, you need to report a missed trash pickup. Call 311 and report the missed collection.

The service will be provided within the next 24 hours. Before you call, ensure that your cart doesn’t contain any household hazardous waste or unaccepted items.

4. North York Hazardous Waste Disposal

Residents need to dispose of household hazardous waste at the drop-off locations themselves. There are 3 locations across the city where you can drop the waste, utilizing self-service.

Disposal SiteAddressHours
Dufferin35 Vanley Crescent6 am to 6 pm
Ingram50 Ingram Drive6 am to 12:30 pm
Victoria Park3350 Victoria Park Avenue10 am to 6 pm

Keep in mind that no help will be provided at the drop-off facility. You have to dispose of all items yourself.

5. North York Yard Waste Collection 

From mid-March to mid-December, yard waste is picked up from curbside.


All residents are allowed to place up to 20 kg of yard waste by 7 a.m. on their regular trash collection day.

  • Pack your yard waste in paper kraft bags.
  • Store your yard waste on your own property.
  • Tie all brushes and make a small pile.
  • Dirt or sod will not be collected as part of yard waste.
  • Green waste exceeding 20 kg will not be picked up.

Moreover, keep in mind that accepted items mixed with unaccepted items will not be collected. Residents have to pay a fine if any sharp object is found along the yard debris.

Accepted Items

  • Leaves
  • Small tree branches
  • Trunks and stumps
  • Weeds and brush
  • Mulch
  • Pumpkins, corn stalks
  • Christmas trees

Christmas trees will only be collected till January 15. After that, residents have to drop off trees at the city’s authorized parks themselves.

Unaccepted Items

  • Giant hogweed
  • Dog-strangling vine
  • Garlic mustard
  • Manitoba maple
  • Norway maple
  • Buckthorn
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Grass clippings
  • Dirt and sod

6. North York Recycling Schedule 2024

Recyclables are collected every week from the curbside. To find your next recycling bin pickup day, click here

  • Don’t toss plastic bags in your blue bin.
  • No food leftover is allowed in your blue bin.
  • Rinse and dry all bottles before putting them in.
  • Ensure that the lid of the cart is closed properly if you want to place it on to curb prior to your collection day.

If you don’t want to deal with the stinky smell from your cart, ensure not to mix any liquid or leftover food particles. Moreover, your cart will not be collected if both accepted and unaccepted items are mixed together.

Accepted Items

  • Egg cartons
  • Flyers, envelopes, and writing paper
  • Paper cups
  • Empty paint cans, aluminum foil, and pie plates
  • Plastic bottles (numbers 1 through 7)

Unaccepted Item

  • Ceramics
  • Drinking glasses and dishes
  • Broken glass
  • Window glass, light bulbs, and mirrors
  • Paper tissues
  • Styrofoam
  • Batteries
  • Empty motor oil containers

7. North York Bulk Garbage Collection

Only two items are allowed for bulk pickup. Residents don’t need to request a special appointment.


Place items outside prior to 24 hours before your regular collection day.

  • Only 2 cubic yards are allowed per residential address.
  • Cut the carpets into small pieces before setting out the curb.

Additional items will not be collected. It is the responsibility of the resident to clear the curb after the pickup.

Acceptable Items For Bulk Collection

  • Old furniture
  • Flatten cardboards
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Mattress
  • Carpets
  • Windows and mirrors

Unacceptable Items

  • Propane tanks
  • Large appliances
  • Televisions
  • Computer monitors
  • Dead animals
  • Medical waste

8. Got Unaccepted Bulky Items That City Won’t Pick Up? You Need To Hire A Private Junk Hauler!

Private haulers will pick up every type of trash, charging a small fee. You can hire a hauler, and they will pick up every type of trash. Here’s the list of top 7 junk haulers in North York:

Company NameContact Info
Junk Works Toronto North 647 -727 -8980
Ambrose Junk Removal 416 -829 -1036
Junk Removal & Recycling 416 -897 -3322
JUSTJUNK 905 -472 -1222
Junk Hero 647 -708 -5172
Canada Junk Removal 888 -979 -5865
RedBins Disposal 416 -733 -2467

Hiring a professional hauler will cost you around $450 to $600 for a full load of trucks. You can also rent a trash dumpster at the cost of $250 to $300. 

9. North York Garbage Pickup Holidays 2024

On holidays the curbside residential collection is delayed one day. For example, the Monday collection for Christmas trash pickup will be collected on Tuesday. There will be no pickup on the following days:

Good FridayFriday, March 29
Easter MondayMonday, April 1
Victoria DayMonday, May 20
Family DaySunday, August 4
British Columbia DayMonday, August 5
Labor DayMonday, September 2
National Day for Truth and ReconciliationMonday, September 30
Thanksgiving DayMonday, October 214
Christmas DayWednesday, December 25
Near Year’s DayWednesday, January 1
Boxing DayThursday, December 26

All you need to do is place your trash cart at the curb on the next day. Usually, on holidays private haulers also don’t collect garbage.

10. Important Contacts

North York Garbage Collection Phone Number: Call 311

For the Latest Information: Follow the city of North York on Twitter for all information related to delays in the trash schedule.

Wrapping It Up!

Regular refuse is collected bi-weekly while recyclables are picked up every week. Two large items are allowed per residential address. The collection pickup is only delayed one day on statutory holidays.

For delayed pickup or information related to your North York trash day, call 311.


Jimmy Carter specializes in providing up-to-date information on trash schedules for cities and states across the USA. With a passion for community service and sustainability, Jimmy is committed to helping people reduce their environmental impact and keep their neighborhoods clean.

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