Blue Box Recycling

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Municipal Office

395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7
905-895-5193

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Blue box recyclables are collected every 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.

Please 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.

Acceptable Containers
  • Blue boxes issued by the Town of Newmarket.
  • Blue boxes that are open-topped plastic containers that are clearly and easily identifiable as containing blue box recyclables. Blue boxes must not exceed 21 in. (53 cm) in height, 16 in. (40 cm) in width and 19 in. (48 cm) in length or 83 Litres (22 gallons).

Unacceptable Containers
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Containers with attached or detachable lids
  • Garbage bags (in any colour)
  • Garbage containers
  • Wheeled containers and oversized containers

Cardboard and Other Waste Paper Material
Cardboard, magazines, newspapers and boxboard may be placed beside your blue box if flattened, bundled and tied with twine or string (no rope). Bundles must not exceed 36 in. x 36 in. x 8 in. (90 cm x 90 cm x 20 cm).
Weight Limit
The maximum weight per blue box and its contents must not exceed 22 kg (50 lbs). Includes bundles.
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.
  • Maximum weight per blue box and its contents must not exceed 22 kg (50 lbs). Includes bundles.
Additional Blue Boxes
Additional blue boxes can be purchased from the Municipal Offices, Magna Centre, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place and the Newmarket Operations Centre for $10.42 each.
Broken Blue Boxes
Blue boxes are replaced free of charge if broken. Residents can bring their broken blue box to the Municipal Offices, Magna Centre, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex or the Newmarket Operations Centre to exchange or call our waste contractor Green for Life (GFL) at 1-866-421-5625 to schedule a replacement bin exchange. Broken blue boxes must be at the curb on the date of exchange agreed to with our contractor GFL in order to receive a replacement bin.

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.
Oops Sticker
If you received an 'oops' sticker, please visit Green for Life's (GFL) 'oops' sticker page for more information.

Acceptable Materials

Non-acceptable Materials

Newsprint: catalog​ues, magazines, telephone books, newspapers, advertising flyers and any other newspaper inserts (newspapers still in the plastic wrapper are not acceptable)
Polystyrene Foam: foam egg cartons, protective packaging, and take-out food containers
Glass: rinsed, clear and coloured glass bottles and jars that once contained food or beverages (please separate lids)

Unacceptable Glass: no plate glass, window glass, headlights, light bulbs, drinking glasses, cups, dishes, cookware, ceramics, mirrors, etc.

Metal Food and Drink Cans: rinsed metal cans that once contained food or beverages

Plastic Bags/Wrap: grocery, bread, produce and frozen vegetable bags, and other plastic film/wrap items including non-food and beverage formed or bubbled plastic packaging

Corrugated Cardboard: appliance boxes, moving boxes, pizza boxes (clean), and any other corrugated cardboard (bundled no larger than 36” x 36” and tied no thicker than 8”)

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW): propane, paint, motor oil, cleaners and batteries (take these items to a HHW Depot for disposal). No cans that once contained a hazardous material, such as motor oil, brake or transmission fluid

Boxboard: boxboard such as cereal, detergent, pasta, cracker, tissue, shoe and any other boxboard products (plastic liners and food residue removed)

Other: diapers, plastic food wrap, wax paper, garden hose, rope, shredded paper, paper towels, cookie bags, potato chip bags, textiles, coat hangers, pots, pans, kitchen utensils, plastic toys, lawn furniture, furnace filters, coffee cups, black plastic take-out containers

Fine Paper: writing paper, computer paper, flyers and envelopes, egg cartons, greeting cards, tissue paper, etc. 


 For more information on what goes where, check out Newmarket's Recycle Coach app or York Region's Bindicator.