COVID-19 Waste Collection Updates and Reminders
Garbage Bag Limits
At this time, residents can place up to five (5) bags of garbage per household, every two weeks on your regularly scheduled collection day. We all have to do our part in response to COVID-19, and the Town is asking for all residents' cooperation in sticking to the existing bag limits (3) where possible and not producing additional bags and unnecessary waste. Please be mindful of the garbage produced and dispose of these items properly.
- Please hold off on disposing large items until regular garbage collection resumes.
- Medical masks, gloves, and used tissues DO NOT belong in the Blue Box. Please place these items in the garbage.
- Throw used tissues, latex gloves and medical masks in a wastebasket lined with a plastic bag in the garbage.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after throwing those items away as well as after emptying your waste basket.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- All garbage bags must be tied. Loose materials left in garbage containers will be left behind.
- Help protect our GFL collection crews by ensuring your garbage bags are tied properly and that no loose material is placed into garbage containers.
- For your safety and that of our waste collectors, it's vital that you respect physical distancing. Please keep a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) at all times.
For those who are sick or test positive for COVID-19: Place all disposable items that have come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage -- this includes recyclables such as plastic water bottles, pop cans or milk cartons, or compostables such as facial tissue or paper napkins.
is collected every other week on your scheduled collection day. To determine
your collection day, please check our
online Recycle Coach app or refer to the
Waste and Recycling Calendar.
Remember to place waste containers at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day and no earlier than 5 p.m. the night before collection. Ensure that waste material set out for collection is in accordance with the Town's waste program requirements.
Town of Newmarket residents can place a maximum of three (3) bags/containers of garbage at the curb every other week for collection. Additional bags/containers, up to a maximum of three (3), can be placed at the curb for collection provided each additional bag/container has been affixed with a Town of Newmarket garbage tag. Garbage tags must be visible to the collector and should be affixed either around the neck of the bag or on the garbage bag inside the container, not on the container itself.
The maximum weight per bag/container and its contents must not exceed 22 kg (50 lbs).
Garbage tags are sold in quantities of five for $15 and can be purchased from the following Town facilities:
- A reusable container with two open, rigid
handles and a secure, removable lid that does not exceed 125 litres (33
gallons) in size. The container must not exceed 20 in. (50 cm) in diameter or
36 in. (90 cm) in height.
- Plastic bags designed and sold for the purpose
of containing garbage and securely tied so as to prevent any spillage. Plastic
garbage bags must not exceed 26 in. x 36 in. (66 cm x 92 cm).
Please do not use ropes or
bungee cords to secure lids.
Waste set-out Requirements
- Place waste containers (green bins, blue boxes, garbage bags/containers, etc.) at the curb by 7 a.m. for collection on your scheduled collection day. Do not place waste containers on the road or sidewalk as it may pose as a hazard to vehicular traffic and other residents. Proper placement of waste containers will also help avoid damage to containers and will reduce interference with Town operations.
- Keep waste containers separate from your neighbours.
- Do not overfill waste containers.
- During winter months, do not place waste containers on top of or behind snow banks as it can be difficult for the collection operator to access, and may cause waste material to spill onto the roadway.
- The maximum weight per bag/container and its contents must not exceed 22 kg (50 lbs).
Loose or Un-bagged Material Loose or un-bagged material (e.g. vacuum dust, dirt, etc.) in garbage containers pose as a health and safety hazard to the collection operator when in the process of dumping the material into the collection vehicle. If the collection operator feels the loose material may be a health and safety hazard, the collection operator will not collect and the garbage container will be stickered for that reason. Loose or un-bagged material can also create litter when the container is lifted (container is tipped up and over) into the truck. Broken Glass Broken glass should be placed separately in a cardboard box that is safely secured and clearly labelled "broken glass". Glass can rip through garbage bags and pose as a health and safety hazard to the collection operator when in the process of dumping the material into the vehicle. If the collection operator feels the broken glass may be a health and safety hazard, the driver will not collect. Large panes of glass will also not be picked up and can be dropped off at York Region's Community Environmental Centre for proper disposal (disposal fees will apply). Toilet Collection Reminder
Toilets can be placed out for collection on your scheduled garbage collection day as one item towards the three item limit. Please remember to detach the bowl from the tank and ensure that the toilet has been drained properly before placing the item at the curb.
Furnace filters must be properly disposed (bagged) for garbage collection. Furnace filters are not recyclable and do not belong in the blue box.
Carpet and Linoleum
Carpet and linoleum will be picked up on your scheduled garbage day, provided it is cut up and securely tied in bundles weighing less than 50 lbs and no longer than 1.5 metres each. Each bundle counts as one item towards the three item limit at the curb and no sticker is required. If the number of items exceeds your three item limit at the curb, please affix a garbage bag tag to the extra item.
Medical waste is extremely dangerous to collection operators and is not collected curbside. This type of waste should be disposed of through a company specialized in medical waste disposal.
Medications, prescriptions, and needles and syringes can be dropped off at select York Region waste depots for proper disposal. Please note that needles and syringes must be in puncture-proof containers.
Missed Waste Collection
For missed waste collection or waste collection inquiries, please contact our waste collection contractor Green for Life Environmental (GFL) at 1-866-421-5625 or via email at WasteLine@gflenv.com.
For more information on what goes where, check out Newmarket's Recycle Coach app or York Region's Bindicator.