Trish Bongard Godfrey

Spring Cleaning

08 March 2017
Trish Bongard Godfrey

Back by popular demand, here is a summary of where to donate items and dispose of hazardous waste.

Donating to Charity

If you’re looking for local charities (or charities that will pick up donations), here are some suggestions.

The Yonge Street Mission accepts gently used clothing, furniture and housewares along with non-perishable food for their foodbank., 416-929-9614

Salvation Army Thrift Store will take many items for resale, including clothing, books, computers, toys, and furniture. 665 St. Clair Ave. West., 416-651-2825

The Stop Community Food Centre may be willing to accept donations of non-perishable food for their food bank. 1884 Davenport Rd., 416-652-7867

Oasis Clothing Bank has a drop bin near the No Frills at 243 Alberta Ave. for clothing, toys, and housewares. Donations support addictions recovery programs., 416-751-0553

Diabetes Canada will pick up donations of clothing, bedding, footwear, and some household items, from anywhere in the GTA. Their Recycle Ink program will help you recycle your ink and toner cartridges., 1-800-505-5525

Furniture Bank will pick up used furniture anywhere in the GTA and give it to people transitioning out of homelessness., 416-934-1229

Community Environment Day

Every Ward hosts an annual event so that residents can bring in used household items for recycling or refurbishment, as well as hazardous household waste and electronics for safe disposal. The full schedule is available from the City of Toronto (, 311).

If you cannot make it to any of the Community Environment Days, hazardous household waste can be taken to a city-run Drop-off Depot for disposal. There is a Deport located at 50 Ingram Dr., north of Eglinton and east of Keele. Additional sites can be found on the City of Toronto website (, or by calling 311).

Yard Waste

Spring is time to start working on the lawn and gardens again – and yard work results in yard waste. Most yard waste (except for grass clippings) can be left for curbside collection on designated days, usually every other week. Collection schedules in neighbourhoods vary by street. Find your schedule at or by calling 311. Anything that doesn’t get collected curbside can be taken to a Drop-Off Depot.

Happy cleaning!