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The Region collects real Christmas trees from the curb on select days in January. Check your collection calendar before setting out your tree.
Put real wreaths at the curb for collection on the same day as your Christmas tree.
Preparing your tree for collection
- Remove all tinsel, ornaments, plastic bags, nails, wires and tree stands before placing your tree on the curb.
- Trees decorated with artificial snow foam ("flocked" trees) will be collected. You don't need to remove the foam.
- Put your tree at the curb separate from your organics and recycling bins.
- Trees placed in bags, in or on snowbanks, or still decorated with tinsel or ornaments will not be collected.
Apartment/condo Christmas tree collection
If you live in an apartment or condo, put your Christmas tree at the curb by the driveway entrance of your property. Be sure your tree doesn't block the road or sidewalk.
If your tree is taller than 3 m (10 ft), bring it to a Peel Community Recycling Centre. Trees taller than 3 m. (10 ft.) must be cut in half to be accepted.
Missed collection day
If you miss your Christmas tree collection day, drop your tree off at a Peel Community Recycling Centre for free during the Christmas tree collection period.
Year-round disposal options
You can dispose of your single-use A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt or button cell batteries:
- At any Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC). (Peel CRCs also accept rechargeable batteries.)
- Into a battery recycling barrel at participating libraries, community centres, municipal facilities and retailers throughout Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
- At a local retailer who accepts single-use batteries. Visit Orange Drop to find a participating retailer near you.
Multi-residential and condominium buildings
If you live in a multi-residential or condominium building, take your household batteries to any Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC) or drop them in battery drop-off barrels throughout Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
Along with your garbage, recycling and organics, the Region collects some oversized items, small appliances and furniture from the curb free of charge on your regular garbage collection day.
This list is a sample of acceptable oversized items the Region will collect from the curb on your regular garbage collection day.
- Barbecues. Please remove and take propane tanks to a Peel Community Recycling Centre before putting the barbeque on the curb.
- Sofas, tables and chairs. If these items are in good condition, bring them to a Peel Community Recycling Centre for reuse.
- Small appliances, e.g., kettles, food processors, and coffee makers. Please clean and remove all food and waste from these items before placing them on the curb.
Place these items on the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular garbage collection day.
Check How to Sort Your Waste if your item isn't listed here.
You can also take any of these items to a Peel Community Recycling Centre for disposal. Drop-off fees apply.
The Region no longer collects large metal appliances from the curb.
Peel residents can bring these items to any of the Region’s 6 Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) free of charge:
- air conditioner
- dish washer
- fireplace insert (metal)
- heat pump/exchanger
- hot water tank
- oil tanks (empty)
- pool heaters (metal)
- safes (home, metal)
- shower enclosure (metal)
- tub (metal)
- washer (clothes)
- water cooler
Alternative disposal options
- Book a collection appointment for working appliances with other local charitable organizations that offer the service (e.g. Habitat for Humanity).
- Plan to have old appliances removed by retailers when new models are purchased.
Check How to Sort Your Waste if your item isn't listed here.
Take your household hazardous waste to one of Peel's Community Recycling Centres (CRC's) for free, safe disposal.
- Do not dispose of household hazardous waste in your garbage or recycling. Hazardous waste is never collected at the curb.
- Never pour motor oil, paints, solvents, or unwanted cleaners down the drain or sewer.
Acceptable household hazardous waste
The following items are a sample of acceptable household hazardous waste. Liquid items have a maximum 80 L (20 gal) drop-off limit per day. The maximum container size is 30 L (8 gal).
All waste must be clearly labelled and in sealed containers. Keep containers upright to prevent leaks and spills.
Do not mix different products together.
Sharps must be in an approved sharps container.
- Paints and stains (full or partially full cans)
- Batteries (all types)
- Fuels, solvents, adhesives
- Automotive fluids
- Oil filters
- Fertilizers and pesticides
- Aerosol cans
- Household cleaners and detergents
- Powdered cement and grout
- Pool chemicals
- Sharps (syringes, needles, lancets)
- Cooking oil
- Fluorescent tube lamps, compact fluorescent lamps (removed from fixtures, maximum 40 bulbs per day)
- Fluorescent lamp ballasts (removed from fixtures)
- Mercury thermometers/thermostats
- Propane and helium cylinders (limit of 5 per day, 18 kg (40 lbs) maximum size)
The following items are not considered household hazardous waste. Follow the instructions to dispose of these items.
Contact a qualified, licenced professional to dispose of the following items:
- Radioactive waste
- PCB contaminated waste
To dispose of firearms, explosives and ammunition, contact Peel Police.
Flares and fireworks can be soaked in water for 24 hours, with care taken to fully submerge the items. Once the items are fully saturated, place them in a bag and dispose of them in your regular garbage.
Home medical waste (not including sharps) can be double bagged and disposed of in your regular garbage. Double bagged home medical waste (not including sharps) can also be disposed of at CRCs for a fee
Never dispose of needles, syringes and lancets (sharps) in your garbage, recycling or organics.
Pick up a free biohazard container from the household hazardous waste drop-off location at any Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC).
Put discarded sharps in the biohazard container, then bring the container to a Peel CRC for free, safe disposal. CRCs only accept used sharps in biohazard containers. Do not bring your sharps to a CRC in anything but a biohazard container. This service is for residents only, not businesses.
Many older household items may contain mercury.
Mercury is a toxic heavy metal and can impact the health of the environment. By bringing this item to a Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC), you can help reduce the amount of mercury in the environment.
Exposure to mercury can also cause serious health problems. For safety reasons, do not attempt to remove mercury yourself .
Visit Mercury Roundup to learn more about how we’re safely disposing of mercury.
A business must meet certain criteria to dispose of hazardous waste at a Peel Community Recycling Centre.
You may be eligible if your business:
- Generates less than 150 kg per month of hazardous industrial waste, hazardous chemical waste and characteristic (e.g., ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic) waste.
- Generates less than 500 kg of liquid industrial waste per month.
- Is certified to transport dangerous goods and you can provide a copy of your Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) certificate.
Submitting an application
Complete and submit the online Business Hazardous Waste Program Application.
Applications must be completed and approved prior to a business dropping off hazardous waste. No exceptions.
If your business qualifies, the Region will contact you to sign a hazardous waste disposal agreement and to schedule a drop-off appointment at the Caledon, Bolton, Heart Lake or Fewster CRC.
A copy of the signed agreement must be in the vehicle transporting the hazardous waste at all times.