Canadian Environment Week - June 1 to 7, 2020
What is Canadian Environment Week
Canadian Environment Week is a grassroots action to help Canada protect, preserve and restore our nation’s glorious environment. From June 1 to 7, Newmarket will celebrate the nation’s progress on encouraging yearlong efforts to protect the environment and safeguard its biodiversity. Canadian Environmental Week was created to coincide with the World Environment Day, Clean Air Day and World’s Ocean Day to facilitate conversation surrounding environmental protection and preservation.
Waste Reduction Week - October 19 to 25, 2020
What is Waste Reduction Week?
Waste Reduction Week is from Monday, October 19 to Sunday, October 25. 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.
Waste Reduction Tips:
- All plastic bags (including plastic wraps/bags on newspapers), styrofoam, styrofoam containers and furnace filters belong in the garbage, not in recycling.
- Recycle items such as boxboard, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass, metal cans and newspaper in your blue box. Remember to rinse cans and jars before putting them in the blue box.
- Use certified compostable bags to line your green bin and kitchen catcher, and do not mix waste with organic waste (for example, plastic wrap on a cucumber).
- Remember to use kraft paper bags for yard waste or open-top garbage containers with open, rigid handles and marked with a "yard waste" sticker. Acceptable yard waste materials include: weeds, plant trimmings and small branches. Please leave grass clippings and dirt out of yard waste.
- Not sure what goes where? Visit newmarket.ca/wasteandrecycling to find out.
- 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 saves 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 instead of new or 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.