Waste Reduction Week is from Monday, October 16 to Sunday, October 22 in Newmarket. The Town of Newmarket is encouraging everyone to think about the social ramifications wasteful practices have on the environment and make greener choices not only during Waste Reduction Week but in our everyday lives.
The Town will also be offering blue boxes, green bins and kitchen catchers at a reduced price in honour of Waste Reduction Week for the following prices:
Backyard composters are only available at the Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court) for $20.
Containers can purchased at the:
For hours of operation, please view our Newmarket Facilities and Buildings Page.
Waste reduction tips
- Leave all plastic bags (including plastic wraps on newspapers), styrofoam, styrofoam containers and furnace filters out of recycling bins and place in the garbage.
- Recycle items such as boxboard, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass, metal cans and newspaper in the blue bin. Remember to rinse cans and jars before putting them in the blue bins.
- Use compostable bags from your green bin and kitchen catcher, and do not mix waste with organic waste (plastic wrap on a cucumber).
- Remember to use paper bags for yard waste or open top garbage cans with open, rigid handles and marked 'yard waste.' Yard waste includes: weeds, plant trimmings and small branches. Please leave grass clippings and dirt out of yard waste.
- Download the 'my-waste'TM app from the App Store on your Apple or Android device to access collection schedules, learn about 'what goes where' and 'report a problem feature.'
- Remember to bring reusable bags when shopping. Keep a few reusable bags in the trunk of your vehicle or right by the door so they are always available. This will help reduce the use of plastic bags.
- Plan your meals. Planning your meals for the week and only buying groceries that you know you will eat will help reduce food waste (and save money too!)
- Try making some DIY cleaning products and beauty supplies. Making your own cleaning products and beauty supplies helps reduce the need for purchasing packaged products and helps reduce the amount of toxins released into our environment.
- Consider buying used over new or even try repairing before replacing.
- Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk is better for your wallet and also helps reduce waste.
- Use refillable or reusable containers. Avoid using disposable containers.