Waste and Recycling

Common Items Recycling

UTM currently collects the following items from campus community members for recycling:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Paper

UTM recently released its first-ever Sustainability Strategic Plan consisting of 26 goals and 102 targets for embedding sustainability into a variety of operational and academic areas on campus. In particular, Goal 5.13 speaks to our waste reduction goals noting "UTM will implement waste management policies, programs, infrastructure and receptacles to increase our diversion rate." UTM has taken the first step of bringing new waste and recycling bins to campus to help us achieve this goal. The new bins have 4 streams: landfill, paper recycling, container recycling and organics. The bins have been set up in 3 buildings on campus as a pilot project, with plans to expand to all buildings on campus in the coming months once occupancy increases.

Special Items Recycling

Batteries are accepted at UTM and will be sent out for recycling. Please see locations of battery bins below.

Battery bin


To dispose of large or hazardous batteries, please contact UTM Shipping & Receiving



William G. Davis Building Outside DV 2037
  Outside Career Centre - DV 3094
  fourth-floor research wing by elevators
  Geography mailroom (need entry)
CCIT Room 4073
  third-floor beside elevators
Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre Info desk
Kaneff Centre/Innovation Complex Registrar's front desk
Student Centre Entrance
Instructional Centre Atrium
Deerfield Hall second floor by stairs
  fourth floor by stairs

For staff and faculty use, upon request I&ITS staff will pick up and dispose of IT assets purchased with university funds.  Assets including smartphones, desktop and laptop hard drives are securely wiped before disposal. Please submit a ticket. 

    Majority of printer companies offer recycling take-back programs, which we highly encourage you to use. Use the mailing label and send your empty cartridges back to your printer company.  





    If you have questions about whether a particular object can be recycled or how to dispose of it properly, email sustainability.fmp@utoronto.ca

    How to Sort Your Waste at Home

    Did you know what you can and cannot recycle may differ depending on what city you live in? Find your city/region below to learn how to sort your waste at home!