Recycling Unusual Items in Canada

You may not know that certain items in your household can even be recycled, let alone where to take them. Luckily, the City of Toronto offers a plan and a place for almost everything.

Electronics

If you’re looking for electronic recycling Toronto, you can’t leave it at the curb with the rest of your plastics and glass. Improper disposal is both bad for the environment and your data privacy. However, there are companies that will pick it up from your place of business, or that you can bring your home e-waste to. They will usually take old or malfunctioning computers, cell phones, printers, cables, wires or tablets.

Batteries

Batteries can contain mercury, cadmium, nickel, etc, so they require a certified facility to recycle them. These substances can contaminate the soil and water if they are not dealt with properly. You can drop off small quantities at Waste Division warehouses for free. They also offer pick-up services. To determine what is best for your situation, you should give them a call. It makes it easier if you keep a large jar or container to put old batteries in at your house or place of business, before taking them to the warehouse.

Medical Waste

Needles and syringes are considered hazardous waste. They can only be taken to specific drop-off depots at a city transfer station. These depots require a fee to enter, so it’s a good idea to save up a bunch before making the trip. It is recommended to avoid going during peak hours- between 11 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 5 PM on weekdays- to avoid a rush of city-operated vehicles. If you know someone else with medical waste, you could even consider making group trips.

Recycling may seem like a pain, but it is one of the easiest and most direct ways you can keep your city clean and help the environment. Once you know what goes where, it may become like second nature.