How to sort your waste
This item can be hazardous to safety or health.
Do not place a dead animal in your recycling or organics for collection.
This item has options for disposal.
Medium-sized or large dead animals on your property
Medium-sized or large dead animals — such as deer, coyotes, skunks, and raccoons — cannot be disposed of into your household waste.
- If you find an injured or dead animal in Brampton or Mississauga, call 3-1-1.
- If you find an injured or dead animal in Caledon, call 905-584-2272
Small dead animals on your property
Small dead animals — such as a rats, mice, birds or squirrels — can be disposed of into your household waste.
When disposing of a small dead animal:
- Never touch the animal with your bare hands. Wear disposable gloves and use a shovel or plastic bag to pick it up.
- Put the dead animal and any used gloves or bags inside 2 plastic bags (double bag). Put this bag in your garbage bin.
- Disinfect any tools that might have come into contact with the animal.
- Wash your hands after disposing of the dead animal.
On public property
- Public property is government-owned property and property that's available for public use such as parks, beaches, roads or sidewalks.
- If you find a dead wild animal in Brampton or Mississauga, call 3-1-1.
- If you find a dead wild animal in Caledon, call 905-584-2272.
- Trained Public Works or Animal Services staff responsible for disposing of dead wild animals on public property.
- Learn more about disposing of a disposing of a dead animal or fish on your property.