Solid Waste & Recycling


Toronto to consult public on reducing single-use items

TORONTO  – The City of Toronto is inviting residents to share their views on how to reduce the use of single-use and takeaway items.

A single-use or takeaway item is any product designed for a single use after which it is disposed of in the garbage, Blue Bin (recycling) or Green Bin (organics).

The purpose of this consultation is to identify which single-use or takeaway items residents and stakeholders are most interested in addressing and their preferred approaches for reducing or promoting reuse of these items.

Reducing single-use and takeaway items supports recommendations established in the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which City Council adopted in July 2016, and places priority on reducing waste and minimizing the amount sent to landfill.

In July 2018, City Council directed Solid Waste Management Services to consult with residents and stakeholder groups on single-use plastics and takeaway items for targeted reduction and solicit input on policy tools; create a work plan and develop a policy to restrict plastic straws in Toronto.

A report on the results of the consultation is expected at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee early next year. This is phase one of the consultation. The second phase will take place in 2019.

The public will have an opportunity to participate by attending the consultation, watching the live webcast or joining a webinar. Residents can also share their views through an online survey.

Tuesday, October 2, open house 6 to 7 p.m., presentation and questions 7 to 8:30 p.m.
BMO Conference Centre & Education Centre
60 Leonard Ave., north of Bathurst and Dundas Streets, enter off Nassau Street

Thursday, October 4 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Those who would like to attend the consultation or participate in the webinar are asked to register in advance.

Links to register, watch the live webcast and take the survey are available at

For those unable to attend a consultation, input can be emailed to

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