Disposing Of Items

Small Garbage  Garbage must be bagged, tied, and thrown down the chute located on each floor. You must ensure that your garbage goes down the chute by pushing it past the metal flap and that the metal door to the chute closes after you’re done. In consideration of residents who live near the chute, do not use the chute between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. Anything that doesn’t comfortably fit in the chute should be disposed of according to the “large garbage” instructions below.
Large Garbage  Items that will not comfortably fit in the garbage chute must be disposed of in the large brown bins located at street level. For 30 Charles, the bin is located inside the bin storage room, accessible through the door on the north side of the elevator lobby. The lobby door locks after you, so don’t forget your fob and keys if you want back in! For 35 Charles, the bin is located south of the building. Particularly large items should be disposed of according to the “bulk garbage” instructions below.
Bulk Garbage  Particularly large items (e.g. furniture) must be deposited in the designated bulk drop-off areas at street level. Take to 35 Charles, where there is a fenced-in area south of the building between the dumpsters and St. Mary Street.

Recycling, Organic Waste and Composting

We are all becoming increasingly concerned about the environment. There are shortages of landfill sites and much concern about sustainable use of the earth’s resources. Fortunately, everyone can do their part to recycle materials to preserve land and resources. Charles Street Student Family Housing was one of the first apartment buildings in Toronto to have recycling bins on each floor, and the program has been a great success. The bins are located in close proximity to the elevators for your convenience.

Reusable Items  *FreeStore program ON HOLD during the pandemic – no donations please!*
After the pandemic restrictions end:
Certain items that are still in good condition can be donated to the FreeStore (3rd Floor, 30 Charles) – please consult the sign on the door of the FreeStore for what can and cannot be donated.  If you have recently had pest activity in your apartment (in the last 3-6 months) please do not donate to the FreeStore.
CompostCharles Street started their Organic Waste Program in April 2009. Each apartment has been equipped with an organic food bin (Kitchen Catcher). Organic waste should be double bagged to prevent dripping and then disposed of in the large green bins located outside of each building.

Basic RecyclingBlue bins are located close to the elevators for your convenience. Recycling bins are NOT garbage bins – please read the signage above the bins for what can and cannot be recycled. Waste of any kind is never to be left beside these bins.

Special Recycling*Special recycling is ON HOLD during the pandemic*
  • Waste Wizard – The City of Toronto’s website has a new tool to learn what to do with your waste materials.
  • To find out more information on what can and cannot be put into the organics bin go to http://www.toronto.ca/greenbin/card.htmThis site also provides information in the following languages : Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urduand and Vietnamese.