Garbage and Recycling



The Town of Whitby provides curbside residential waste collection services to Whitby residents. This includes garbage, green bin organics, yard waste, and a special collection program for metals, tires, and other bulky items.

The Region of Durham provides blue box recycling collection service.

2020/2021 Waste Collection Calendar

Download the 2020/2021 Waste Calendar

(Valid from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021) 


Find Your Garbage Day - Get Free Reminders - Download Whitby's Waste Buddy App

Visit our Garbage and Recycling Schedule page to find out when your garbage day is. Sign up for our free Waste Buddy App for automated waste collection reminders (sent via email, digital calendar, text or telephone message) and never miss another garbage day!


Not Sure Where It Goes? Ask the Waste Wizard!

Use Whitby's Waste Wizard directory to look up items and find out how and where to dispose or recycle them.


Returning to 4 Bag Limit - September 8, 2020

Resident are advised that as of September 8, 2020, the 4 bag bi-weekly garbage limit resumesAny additional garbage bags set out over the 4 bag limit must have a garbage bag tag attached.  Bag tags cost $2.50 per tag and are sold in sheets of 5.

Residents can now purchase garbage bag tags online (tags will be mailed to you in 7-10 business days). 

Bag tag sales have also resumed at dedicated Town facilities where safe physical distancing measures are in place: 

  • Whitby Central Library - 405 Dundas Street West  

  • Town Hall -575 Rossland Road East  (In-person appointments must be scheduled in advance)

COVID Waste Collection Reminder  

Please help protect waste collection staff by ensuring all waste (green bin organics and/or residual garbage) is securely bagged. Residents are asked to respect physical distancing and not approach collection staff closer than 2 metres.


Did you know: Canadians throw away over 3 million tonnes of plastic waste each year? Take the Waste Reduction Challenge by avoiding single-use plastics! Try some of the tips listed below:

Carry reusable shopping bags.

-Give up bottled water, use a reusable water bottle and/or reusable coffee mug.

-Skip the straw, or use a reusable one.

-Stop using plastic cutlery, carry reusable utensils and drinking straws.  

-Carry your own containers for take-out food and leftovers.


Who Does What?

Note: The blue box recycling program is not provided by the Town of Whitby. Details on this service are provided to the residents of and businesses in Whitby for information purposes only. Inquiries about this service should be directed to the Region of Durham.
Waste TypeTown of WhitbyRegion of DurhamRegional Waste Management Facility
Residual household waste (garbage) Yes   Yes
Blue box recycling   Yes Yes
Extra or replacement blue boxes   Yes  
Green bin (organic) waste Yes    
Extra or replacement green bins   Yes  
Backyard composters   Yes  
Leaf and yard waste Yes   Yes
Special collections Yes    
Electronic waste Yes   Yes
Household hazardous waste     Yes
Battery recycling Yes Yes Yes

Used tires

(Curbside collection program ends October 1, 2020)

Porcelain Yes   Yes


Award-Winning Program

Whitby has consistently achieved the highest waste diversion rates in the Region of Durham and has been recognized by the Recycling Council of Ontario for its waste diversion program and its achievement. Keep up the great work Whitby!


Community Waste Events


Re-Use Options

Please consult the following web sites for a complete list of accepted materials for re-use:


Additional Resources