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.

 Holiday Collection Change

Due to the Victoria Day Holiday on Monday May 21, waste collection will be bumped ahead one day starting May 21.  Please refer to your existing 2017/18 Waste Management Calendar, go to to view the on-line calendar, or check your Waste Buddy app.

Important Reminders:

Your waste must be out by 7:00 a.m.

Garbage bags larger than 26 inches by 36 inches are not permitted for residential garbage collection in the Town of Whitby.

Garbage bags and green bins are subject to maximum individual weights of 44 pounds (20 kg) each.

Use only 100% compostable liner bags in your green bin.  No coffee cups/pods, plastic bags, or animal waste permitted.

Ensure no broken glass or needles are placed in your garbage bags. Refer to your waste management calendar for proper disposal of broken glass.

Grass clippings are not accepted as yard waste or in the garbage stream.

 Waste Collection Calendar

The NEW 2018-2019 Waste Collection Calendar and Guide will be delivered to residents in the regular mail starting May 7.  If you do not receive one, please visit a Town Facility after May 11 to pick up a copy. You can also download an electronic version of the calendar below.

Download the 2018/2019 Waste Calendar

(Valid from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019

Download the 2017/18 Waste Calendar

(Valid from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018)


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.


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 Yes   Yes
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!


Public Notices and Special Events

To find out about special waste management events, please check the Events Calendar


Re-Use Options

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


Additional Resources