Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas tree collection will take place the week of January 15, 2024. Trees will be picked up on your scheduled collection day. Please have your trees set out to the curb by 7 a.m.

Decorations, tree skirts and plastic tree bags must be removed before putting your tree out at the curb for pick up. Trees cannot exceed 1.8 m (6 ft).

Please note: Crews will not dig through snow or climb a snowbank to retrieve a tree.

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Basic Collection Information

Please ensure that all you totes are out to the curb by 7 a.m.

Green bins and blue boxes are collected on a weekly basis. Garbage is picked up every other week based on your location in Aurora. Please refer to our Waste Collection Map for more information.

Please place garbage, green bins, blue boxes and yard waste at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on your scheduled day and by 6 a.m. on Yonge Street and Industrial Parkway (but not earlier than 5 p.m. the night before). Please be aware that the time of collection in your area may change at any time, without notice.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Access Aurora.

Bulky Item Pick-up

Non-metal items such as furniture, mattresses, box springs, plastic lawn furniture, toilets and carpeting etc. will be picked up with regular waste collection. Items should be placed at curbside for pick-up on your regular garbage pickup.

If possible, please break-down or separate large/heavy items, bundle small pieces, and tie carpeting and linoleum into rolls measuring no longer than 1.2 metres (4 ft.) and weighing less than 20 kilograms (44 lbs.)

A maximum of five (5) bulky items can be placed at the curb on your scheduled garbage day. Any items over the limit will be tagged and left at the curb

Christmas Tree Pickup

Christmas tree collection will take place the week of January 15, 2024. Trees will be picked up on your scheduled collection day. Please have your trees set out to the curb by 7 a.m.

Decorations, tree skirts and plastic tree bags must be removed before putting your tree out at the curb for pick up. Trees cannot exceed 1.8 m (6 ft).

Please note: Crews will not dig through snow or climb a snowbank to retrieve a tree.

Electronics Recycling
Permanent locations to drop off your electronics

Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex - smaller items accepted such as: cell phones/smart phones, laptops, iPads/tablets, Ipods/MP3 players, cameras/camcorders, routers, modems

Aurora Family Leisure Complex - smaller items accepted such as: cell phones/smart phones, laptops, iPads/tablets, Ipods/MP3 players, cameras/camcorders, routers, modems

Town Hall - 100 John West Way (maximum TV size accepted is 32 inches)

Aurora Community Centre - 1 Community Centre Lane (maximum TV size accepted is 32 inches)

York Region Depot - 225 Garfield Wright Blvd. (limit of 50 KG per household per day, will be in effect at all York Region Waste Depots.)

Please note: Residents are responsible for removing all personal data from computer systems, cellular phones, SIM cards, and other electronics devices. However, measures will be taken to destroy all data during recycling.
Reminder for Toilet Collection 

To ensure your toilet gets collected, please separate the tank from the bowl. If you are unable to do so, please take your toilet to one the Region’s depots.

Toilet tank removed from bowl

To ensure collection, your toilet must be separated and at the curb before 7 a.m. on the day of collection or after 5 p.m. the night before.

Please contact GFL at 1-866-421-5625 should you have a one piece to ensure collection. 

Metal Item Recycling
Large metal items such as appliances, barbecues (excluding propane tanks), bed frames, furnaces, hot water heaters, metal bath tubs, storage sheds and bicycles must be recycled. Please call our contractor, GFL at 1-866-421-5625 to arrange for a special curbside collection. For safety reasons, please remove doors from refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, washers and dryers. Please note: If a special collection is not booked, metal items will not be collected.
Glass and Other Sharp Objects 
Every year, collection personnel are injured due to broken glass and other sharp objects that are not packed properly. Please help keep our workers safe by packing these items in a sealed cardboard box labelled Broken Glass or Sharp Object and set out with your regular garbage collection.
Construction and Demolition Waste

Construction and demolition waste is not collected at the curbside in Aurora. Construction and demolition waste consists mainly of concrete, brick, asphalt, metals, wood and gypsum (drywall). Help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill by recycling your leftover building supplies at York Region's Community Environment​al Centre.

Currently concrete, and other Construction and Demolition (C&D) materials like untreated wood, drywall, foam packing (Polystyrene) is accepted for disposal as garbage for a fee at York Region's depots. There will be areas on-site where concrete disposal will be accepted for recycling.

Tire Recycling

Tires can be recycled free of charge at the Georgina Transfer Station and the McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre.

Please note: There is a limit of 10 tires per vehicle.

Illegal Dumping

The dumping of any material on public or private property is illegal and negative to our community and the environment. It costs tax payers money to clean up the affected sites.

If you witness an illegal act of dumping, please lend a hand and record the license plate number and contact Aurora's Bylaw division at 905-726-4751 or the York Regional Police at 905-771-1221.

Anyone convicted of illegal dumping is subject to a fine of up to $5,000.

2024 Holiday Schedule for Recycling tote Customers (small business and multi-res only)

Monday, January 1 – No collection - GFL will collect on Friday, December 29

Monday, February 19 - No collection - GFL will collect on Friday, February 16

Monday,  May 20 - No collection - GFL will collect on Friday, May 17

Monday, July 1 - No collection - GFL will collect on Friday, June 28

Monday, August 5 - No collection - GFL will collect on Friday, August 2

Monday, September 2 - No collection - GFL will collect on Friday, August 30

Monday, October 7 - No collection - GFL will collect on Friday, October 4

Please be advised there will be no change in the tote collection schedule for December 2024.

Please ensure that all your totes are out to the curb by 7 a.m.

Windy Day Tips

On windy days, the lighter contents in blue boxes can often be found blowing out of bins resulting in litter on our streets and on our neighbour’s properties. When debris and litter fall on a residential property it’s the responsibility of the homeowner to clean it up as per the Clean Communities By-law 6257-20. Please be considerate when packing your blue boxes and use the suggestions below to keep your blue box contents in their place.

  • Place heavier items such as books and magazines on top of the lighter items. This should help prevent light blue box materials (such as paper) from blowing out of the bin and littering the streets.
  • Bundle cardboard and newspapers separately. These bundles can act as a 'lid' for your blue box.
  • On windy days, consider putting your recycling boxes out for collection in the morning, rather than the night before or skip that week's collection and place your recycling out for following week if your blue boxes aren't full.
  • Please keep plastic bags/film plastic, styrofoam (including take out containers) and disposal coffee and soft drink cups out of the blue box. These items are not recyclable in our program and should be placed in the garbage.
  • Don't overfill your blue box, keep material below the rim to prevent the wind from catching it and blowing it out of the bin.

There is no limit to the number of blue boxes residents can put out for weekly collection.  Additional blue boxes can be purchased for $15 tax included. Please call Access Aurora at 905-727-1375 to purchase a new bin. Bins will be delivered by Green for Life (GFL) within a week after purchase.

Please help to keep our community litter-free.

What happens to your electronics?

Your electronics are shipped to an Ontario Electronic Stewardship approved processing facility where they are dismantled into their separate components. The materials, such as steel, aluminum, copper, glass and plastic, are used to create new products. Hazardous materials are sent for further processing and proper disposal. Alternate drop off sites for electronics

Acceptable Materials for Electronics Recycling
  • All in one computers 
  • Answering machines 
  • Audio cassette players 
  • Cameras (digital and non-digital) 
  • CD players/recorders 
  • Cellular phones 
  • Closed circuit monitors 
  • Computer key boards 
  • Computer monitors 
  • Computer mouse devices 
  • Computer terminals 
  • Digital picture frames 
  • Disc drives
  • DVD/Blu-ray players 
  • External hard drives 
  • Fax machines 
  • Home theatre equipment 
  • Laptops 
  • Modems (wireless and wired) 
  • MP3/Digital audio players 
  • Pagers 
  • PDA (cell enabled) 
  • Photocopiers 
  • Portable audio/video players 
  • Printers 
  • Projectors (video, audio, image)
  • Radios 
  • Scanners 
  • Smart phones 
  • Stereo amplifiers 
  • Telephones 
  • Televisions 
  • Turn tables 
  • Tablet PCs 
  • Typewriters (electric) 
  • Video cameras 
  • VCRs 
  • Webcams​
Unacceptable Materials for Electronics Recycling
  • ​Audio/Video Cassettes/Tapes
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Electric Tools
  • Kitchen appliances 
  • Large home appliances 
  • Medical equipment
  • Printer cartridges 
  • Vacuum cleaners 
  • Video games