NEW - Textile Donation Bins
The City of Pickering in partnership with Diabetes Canada have conveniently located bins at the following locations:

These textile recycling bins provide secure access for residents to drop off gently used textiles including for example, accessories, clothing, curtains, towels, blankets, sleeping bags, sheets and footwear. Diabetes Canada also offers to collect textiles and small household items from your home, to schedule this free pickup visit

Recycle Your Textiles
Help keep textiles out of the garbage by recycling your used clothing at various collection locations across Pickering. Residents can drop off their textile waste at collection bins located at the H&M store in the Pickering Town Centre, Value Village and the Thrift Store. You can also donate textiles by contacting Diabetes Canada to schedule a free pick up at your home or use one of their donation bins. Click here to find a bin near you.  In addition to used clothing Diabetes Canada (through scheduled pick-up), the Thrift Store and , Value Village accept gently used housewares, electronics, kitchenware and other items.

Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste includes products with the following warnings on the label: danger, flammable, poison, toxic, corrosive. Input your postal code on the website and find the closest free disposal location.

Recycle your Electronics
Find out what kind of electronic waste can be dropped off near you for free by using the search feature on the website.

Battery Recycling Stations
Collecting rechargeable batteries is easy as 1-2-3 and it's free! Participate in this easy and free way to keep toxic waste from entering landfills.

Businesses Recycle your Batteries
Register your business with one of many charities that accept cell phones, rechargeable batteries and ink cartridges.

Recycle Cell Phones for Conservation
The Toronto Zoo provides 100% landfill free cell phone recycling services to individual schools, community groups, corporate environments and many other partners across Ontario.

Recycle your Paint
When you need to dispose of unwanted but useable paints or stains bring them to the reuse centre at Durham Region's Waste Disposal Site in Oshawa. The Centre also offers residents good re-useable paints and stains at "no charge."

Recycle Your Old Tires
Drop off your used tires at Canadian Tire for recycling at no charge to you. The recycled tires will be turned into useful items such as rubber surfaces for children’s playgrounds. Simply input your postal code on the Canadian Tire website to find a store near you. 

Use your Green Bin
Durham Region residents can separate food waste from the regular garbage and set out along the curb each week in a large green bin. This food waste material is composted at a facility in Pickering rather than sent to landfill.

World Cleanup Day
World Cleanup Day harnesses the power of people from around the world to achieve incredible things by joining together. Celebrate this Saturday, September 17th, 2022 by joining millions of volunteers from across the globe to clean up litter from parks, beaches, rivers and forests!

Provincial Day of Action on Litter
The second Tuesday of May marks Ontario’s Official Day of Action on Litter. This day focuses on raising awareness of the impacts of waste in the environment, and what actions each and every Ontarian can take to prevent, reduce and divert waste, right at home. Check out the Act on Litter for simple actions you can take to help reduce litter in your community.

Green Your Place of Worship
This practical program was developed to assist faith communities with the "how-to" side of audits, retrofits and generally reducing the faith community's ecological footprint.

Stop Junk Mail

Many local and national businesses distribute unaddressed advertising.  If you do not wish to receive these items, simply place a note in or on your mailbox stating that you do not wish to receive Unaddressed Admail.

Reduce Waste at Home, Work and School
We've compiled a list of resources that you can use to find different ways to reduce your waste at home, work and/or school.

Pickering's Eco Kids

Activities about Waste Reduction

Reduce Waste at School
We've compiled a list of resources that you can use to find different ways to reduce your waste at school.

Recycle City Games and Activities
A fun virtual world to explore and get tips on reducing waste, recycling, saving energy, and more.

The Imagination Factory
A fantastic site about ways to make projects and crafts out of materials that might otherwise get thrown away! Check out the Trash Matcher and find our ways to turn waste into cool art.

Waste Activities from Environment Canada

Neat information about stuff like recycling, waste, and even worms! There are also fun games and activities to do (you might need to do some of the activities with an adult).

Zerofootprint Kids' Calculator
Find out how much of an impact you have on the Earth with this simple online activity. See how environmentally friendly your lifestyle is, compared to the average Canadian's.

Government of Ontario's E-Zone Waste Section
Have fun learning about garbage and recycling with the colourful E-Zone kids' site.