Community Cleanup


Municipal Office

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

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Thank You,

to evereyone who came out and participated in this years Community Cleanup presented by TD. 

This year we had hundreds of participants volunteer at various times and locations, throughout our cleanup period, 

all in an effort to help keep our community clean. 

May we all continue to do our part in keeping Newmarket one of the cleanest places to live. 

Look forward to seeing you in 2024!

----- 2023 ----

This year's 45th annual Community Cleanup will launch on Saturday, May 6, 2023, with a cleanup event in each ward. 

Be sure to stop by one of locations listed near you to pick up a free cleanup kit (while quantities last) and follow the instructions to help cleanup Newmarket's parks, trails and greenspaces. 

After Saturday, May 6, 2023, cleanup kits will then be available at Customer Service kiosks (Municipal Offices, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex and Magna Centre) from Sunday, May 7 to Sunday, May 21, 2023 or until quanties last. 

Everyone is welcome to pick up a free cleanup kit and choose a time and location that works best for them during this two week cleanup period. 

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023

Time(s) and Locations: See below

​Ward 1 
​Frank Stronach Park 
​Memorial Circle 
​9 a.m. to noon
​Ward 2 
​Fairgrounds Park 
Muriel Street 
​9 a.m. to noon
​Ward 3
​George Richardson Park - South 
Bayview Parkway​
​9 a.m. to noon
​Ward 4 
​Rogers Park 
Access from Harrison Drive and Yorkshire Drive 
(behind Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School)
​9 a.m. to noon
​Ward 5 
​Farmer's Market at Riverwalk Commons 
​200 Doug Duncan Drive 
​8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
​Ward 6 
​Paul Semple Park  
145 Savage Road
(next to Armitage Village Public Scool)
​9 a.m. to noon 
​Ward 7 
​Environmental Park 
​Woodspring Avenue 

​9 a.m. to noon

How to Participate: 

  1. Join our Community Cleanup event on Saturday, May 6 at one of the parks listed above or pick up a free cleanup kit at a Customer Service kiosk location and clean at a time and location that works best for you between May 7 and May 21, all white quantities last.  

  2. Each Community Cleanup Kit is designed for one person and contains the following:
  • One (1) reusable water bottle sponsored by TD Bank  TD_SHIELD_PRINT_LOGO_COL_RGB.png
  • One (1) pair of nitrile or vinyl gloves sponsored by Wolfpack Packaging Inc. Wolfpack-logo.png
  • One (1) black garbage bag
  • One (1) clear recycling bag
  • LEAF program pamphlet
  • Instructions and safety tips

      3. To ensure as many can participate as possible, one Community Cleanup Kits will be provided per group. 

    • Additional cleaning supplies (gloves and bags) can be added up to a maximum of 5 people (while quantities last). 
    • Large groups of over 10 people should contact the event organizer, [email protected], to arrange for a separate pickup. 

      4. Choose a public park, greenspace or trail in Newmarket to clean (some target locations are listed below). 

      5. Protect yourself! Please follow the safety tips on the information sheet in your cleanup kit. 
      6. Place garbage in the black bags and recycling in the clear bags. Unsure about what is garbage and what goes in the recycling? 
      7. When you are finished, leave your garbage bags, recycling bags, and large items by the permanent garbage receptacles in the park. 
    • If there are no permanent receptacles, please place bags by a numbered light post of the greenspace or trail where they can be picked up by Town staff after the cleanup. 
    • Please note, Town staff will be circulating throughout the various parks during regular park maintenance to pick up collected garbage bags over the course of the two week period.

Post Cleanup Survey

  • Let us know where you cleaned and left your garbage bags by completing the Post-Cleanup Survey.
  • All who complete the survey will have the chance to WIN one (1) of three (3) $100 Gift Cards from New Roots Garden Centre 

Share your Cleanup Photos & Video

  • We would love to see your before and after cleanup photos and videos so be sure to share with us your cleanup by tagging @TownOfNewmarket and use the hashtag #icleanedup

Safety Tips and Things to Remember: 

  • Protect yourself! Please follow the safety tips on the information sheet in your cleanup kit. Click here for a printable version of the Cleanup Kit Information Sheet

  • You can clean at whatever time you choose so be sure to use your discretion when choosing a day, time and location to ensure your safety. Please do not go outside to clean in inclement weather such as thunder/lighting, high winds etc.

  • Please stay off private property. 

  • Please avoid potential dangers such as railway tracks, rivers, river banks and road ways.

  • Please ensure to wear vinyl or nitrile gloves while picking up waste. 

  • Please do not pick up dangerous objects such as broken glass, needles, sharp objects or dead animals. If you come across any of these items please leave them where you found them and include their location in the Post-Cleanup Survey so they can be disposed of safely.   

  • If an item is too large to move to the garbage can, please leave it where it is and include it's location in the Post-Cleanup Survey. 

  • All children participating under the age of 12 should be supervised by an adult. 

Target Cleanup Locations:

  • Best Family Parkette (Best Circle) (Ward 1)
  • Frank Stronach Park (Memorial Circle) (Ward 1)
  • Rene Bray Park (1030 Ivsbridge Boulevard) (Ward 1)
  • Arnhem Park (595 Mulock Court) (Ward 2)
  • College Manor Park (705 College Manor Drive) (Ward 2)
  • George Richardson Park (Bayview Parkway) (Ward 3)
  • Charles Van Zant Open Space (205 Waratah Avenue) (Ward 3)
  • Proctor Park (277 Primrose Lane) (Ward 4)
  • Marilyn Powell Park (435 London Road) (Ward 4)
  • Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) (Ward 5)
  • Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Ave) (Ward 5)
  • Fairy Lake Park (520 Water Street) (Ward 5)
  • Haskett Park (145 Millard Avenue) (Ward 5)
  • Lions Park (424 D'Arcy Street) (Ward 5)
  • South end of Tom Taylor Trail, near Foxtail Ridge (Ward 6)
  • Whipper Billy Watson Park (475 Clearmeadow Boulevard) (Ward 6)
  • Keffer Parkette (110 Keffer Circle) (Ward 6)
  • Armstrong Park (860 Joe Persechini Drive) (Ward 6)
  • Paul Semple Park (145 Savage Road) (Ward 6)
  • Environmental Park (Woodspring Avenue) (Ward 7)
  • Bonshaw Avenue Park (130 Bonshaw Avenue) (Ward 7)
  • Woodland Hills Labyrinth Park (45 Ford Wilson Boulevard) (Ward 7)
  • Dave Kerwin Trail (Woodspring Avenue) (Ward 7)
  • Aspenwood Drive (between Wainscot Ave. and Flagstone Way) (Ward 7)

Volunteer Hours

  • High school students can earn up to three (3) volunteer hours for participating in a cleanup. 
  • To earn up to three (3) volunteer hours for participating in a cleanup, volunteers are asked to cleanup at a time, date and location of their choosing.
  • If you are participating in a cleanup on Saturday, May 6, you can get your high school form signed that day by a Town of Newmarket staff at any of the ward cleanup locations listed above, between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • If you are cleaning up between May 7 - 21, 2023, volunteer forms can be dropped off at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) to the attention of Jesse Zulauf (please ensure your name and school information has been completed before dropping it off). 

Provincial Day of Action on Litter

Since 2020, the Provincial Day of Action on Litter is celebrated on the second Tuesday of May each year in Ontario. The Provincial Day of Action focuses on raising awareness about the impacts of waste on the environment and encourages everyone to take action such as participating in litter cleanups like the Town's Community Cleanup. This year's Provincial Day of Action on Litter is May 9, 2023. Help keep our community clean and litter-free! 

For more information on the 2023 Day of Action, and tips on how to reduce your waste footprint at home, visit

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