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Environmental Initiatives and Events in Newmarket 


Electronics Recycling Event - Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Town of Newmarket will be hosting an Electronics Recycling (e-waste) Event at the Robert N. Shelton Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court). This event will take place as a drive-thru style / drop off event to keep residents and staff at a safe distance in accordance to Public Health guidelines during the pandemic. 

Electronic items will be collected and processed by Quantum Lifecycle Partners LP.

Accepted Items
  • Computers
  • Printers (desktop and floor-standing)
  • Printer cartridges
  • Video gaming devices
  • Telephones, including cellular phones
  • Display devices
  • Radios and stereos, including after-market vehicle stereos
  • Headphones
  • Speakers
  • Cameras, including security cameras
  • Video recorders
  • Drones with audio or visual recording equipment
  • Peripherals and cables used to support the function of information technology, telecommunications and audio visual equipment, including charging equipment
  • Parts of information technology, telecommunications and audio visual equipment sold separately, such as hard drives
  • Handheld point-of-sale terminals or devices
  • Musical instruments
  • Audio recording equipment
Items Not Accepted
  • Information technology, telecommunications, audio-visual (ITT/AV) equipment weighing more than 250 kg
  • Small and large appliances
  • Power tools
  • Motor vehicles
  • Children’s toys
  • Textiles, clothing, furniture or any other upholstered or stuffed articles containing electrical or electronic equipment

Please note: COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. Face masks must be worn upon exiting your vehicle and unloading your electronics.

Reminder: Please remove all personal data from your electronics. The Town of Newmarket will not be responsible for personal information contained on any electronic devices that may potentially store information.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the Electronics Recycling Event is subject to cancellation or postponement with notice.


 Waste Reduction Week and Blue Bin, Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher Sale - October 18 to 24, 2021

In recognition of Waste Reduction Week, the Riverwalk Commons and Fred A. Lundy Bridge located on Water Street will be illuminated in green and blue on October 18, 2021. From October 18 to 24, the Town will be offering blue boxes*, gre​en bins* and kitchen catchers* at a reduced price in honour of Waste Reduction Week for the following prices:

*Limit of 2 per household.

Where can I purchase reduced blue bins, green bins and kitchen catchers?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Town of Newmarket buildings and facilities remain closed. No walk-ins will be allowed. Residents looking to purchase the items above can do so by:

  • Emailing info@newmarket.ca with your order. Orders must include your name, address and phone number. Town staff will call you to obtain your credit card payment information. Do not include credit card information in the email.
  • Calling 905-953-5303, Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Purchased items will be delivered by GFL (Green for Life) within 5 to 10 business days.

What is Waste Reduction Week?

Waste Reduction Week is from Monday, October 18 to Sunday, October 24. 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.

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July, an initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation, is a global movement that encourages people to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics. Started in Western Australia, the Plastic Free July movement has inspired millions of participants across the world.

The Plastic Free July challenge encourages everyone to become a part of the solution in tackling the plastic waste problem by reducing or eliminating single-use plastics during the month of July (and beyond). Changes, even if just small ones, add up to make a big difference when we all work together.

Environmental Impact
Single-use plastics (SUPs) are plastic items that are typically used once and then discarded. Not typically designed for durability, reuse or recyclability, SUPs include items such as straws and stir sticks, cutlery, bags, take-out cups, and foam food and beverage containers. Many of these items are not always disposed of properly and end up as litter in our community, polluting our parks and waterways.

Once in the natural environment, SUPs take a very long time to decompose. As the plastic breaks down, it disintegrates into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic known as micro-plastics, making them ingestible by small organisms and enabling micro-plastics to enter the food chain.

In addition to ingestion, SUPs can also harm wildlife through entanglement. The impacts to the natural environment can be reduced by replacing SUPs with alternative items that are paper-based or compostable, or with more durable materials that can be reused, or are more cost-effective to recycle.
How Can I Participate?
  • Take the Plastic Free July challenge
  • Learn about reusable alternatives
  • Refuse SUPs at source (e.g. when purchasing goods, look for items that are not pre-packaged in single-use plastic)
  • Spread the word! Tell your friends, family and colleagues about Plastic Free July
  • Share and post how you reduced or eliminated SUPs and tag @TownofNewmarket
Plastic Waste Reduction Tips
  • Always bring reusable shopping bags with you such as canvas totes
  • Swap out plastic wraps for reusable containers to store your leftovers
  • Bring reusable straws and cutlery with you
  • Use a reusable water bottle and take it with you while on the go
  • Use reusable travel mugs for your hot or cold beverages
  • Use reusable produce bags instead of single-use plastic bags
  • Try using reusable food wraps such as beeswax-coated cloths (or learn to make your own) to package food instead of plastic cling wrap
  • Use reusable cloth sandwich/snack bags
  • Shop at your local farmer's market – farmer's markets are a great way to buy fresh fruits and vegetables without the plastic waste
  • Ask your local butcher or deli if they can use your own reusable container – they can weigh the container and deduct the weight
  • Buy in bulk – find local stores that sell food items in bulk bins and allow you to use your own containers or bags
  • Repair before your replace
  • Try to borrow or rent items before buying them - check out York Region's Lendery!
  • Opt for items that have refillable features
  • Try DIY recipes for making cleaning products, lotions, makeup, or shampoo
  • Host a zero-waste dinner, party or event. Let guests know beforehand that it will be zero-waste!
  • Ask if you can use your own containers for take-out or for taking home restaurant leftovers
  • Pack your lunch in reusable containers or reusable cloth bags

Curious to see what your plastic waste footprint looks like? Place your single-use plastic waste in a jar over the course of a month. This visual tracker will provide you with a snapshot of how much plastic you consume within one month.

The Town of Newmarket has taken steps to eliminate single-use plastic items at Town facilities and Town events and encourages everyone to challenge themselves to take the Plastic Free July challenge! Share your Action on Plastic story and tag #newmarket and #plasticfreejuly


 
2021 Rain Barrel Sale

The 2021 Rain Barrel Sale has ended. Please check back for our next sale in 2022!

Benefits of Owning a Rain Barrel:

  • Reduces the amount of treated water used for watering plants and gardens.
  • Diverts significant quantities of rainwater run-off from the sewer system during storms.
  • Helps conserve energy and resources by reducing the amount of water and wastewater that needs to be treated and pumped.
  • Reduces soil erosion and water pollution in local waterways by reducing storm water run-off.
  • Rain water is better for your plants and gardens.
  • Saves money by lowering municipal water consumption for garden and lawn watering.
  • Helps conserve water that can be used for other household chores such as washing windows, cleaning patio furniture, and watering indoor plants.

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 Canadian Environment Week - June 1 to 7, 2021

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, the Town of 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.
What is the Town doing in honour of Canadian Environment Week?

The Town will be offering blue boxes*, gre​en bins* and kitchen catchers* at a reduced price in honour of Canadian Environment Week for the following prices:

*Limit of 2 per household.
Where can I purchase reduced price blue boxes, green bins and kitchen catchers?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Town of Newmarket buildings and facilities remain closed. Residents looking to purchase the items above can do so by:

  • Emailing info@newmarket.ca with your order. Orders must include your name, address and phone number. Town staff will call you to obtain your credit card payment information. Do not include credit card information in the email.  
  • Calling 905-953-5303, Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Purchased items will be delivered by GFL (Green for Life) within 5 to 10 business days.