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Take Action: Reduce, reuse and recycle in honour of Waste Reduction Week in Newmarket

Newmarket, Ontario, October 12, 2018 - From October 15 to 21, the Town of Newmarket will be celebrating Waste Reduction Week to build awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption and encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle. The Town will also be offering kitchen catchers, blue boxes and green bins at a reduced cost.
“Participating in Waste Reduction Week is a great way to remind Newmarket residents to reduce, reuse and recycle and gets residents thinking about the impact of their actions on the environment,” says Mayor Tony Van Bynen. “Small things like using your blue boxes, green bins and backyard composter on a daily basis can make a big difference on the environment, and helps make Newmarket even better.”
From Monday, October 15 to Sunday, October 21, the Town of Newmarket will be offering waste and recycling containers at reduced costs (limit two per household):

Kitchen catchers, blue boxes and green bins can be purchased at the following Town facilities during Waste Reduction Week as well as year round:
  • Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)
    • Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court)
    • Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Please note that backyard composters are available for purchase at the Operations Centre for $20 each (only debit/credit is accepted).
  • Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive)
    • Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West)
    • Monday from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Tuesday to Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10 Waste and recycling tips to help reduce waste
  1. All plastic bags (including plastic wraps/bags on newspapers), polystyrene foam packaging, and furnace filters belong in the garbage, not in your blue box.
  2. Recycle items such as boxboard, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, metal cans and newspaper in your blue box. Remember to rinse cans and jars before putting them in your blue box.
  3. Use compostable bags for your green bin and kitchen catcher, and do not mix waste with organic waste (for example, plastic wrap on a cucumber).
  4. Remember to use paper bags for yard waste or open-top garbage cans with open, rigid handles and marked ‘yard waste’. Accepted yard waste material includes: weeds, plant trimmings and small branches. Please leave grass clippings and dirt out of yard waste. Keep in mind that when pumpkins and other fall décor go bad, they should be placed in yard waste and not compost.
  5. Not sure what goes where? Visit to find out.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!)    
  8. Try making some do it yourself (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.
  9. Consider buying used items instead of new, or try repairing first before replacing.
  10. Use refillable or reusable containers. Try to avoid using disposable or non-recyclable containers.

For more information on Waste Reduction Week, visit or learn more about Newmarket’s initiatives at
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national environmental campaign that builds awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption, encourages choices for more environmentally responsible products/services and promotes actions that divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources. 

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