Newmarket hosts e-waste, recycling bin event

The city will host two initiatives during Waste Reduction Week from October 17 to 23

During Waste Reduction Week October 17-23, the town of Newmarket is offering blue bins, green bins and kitchen utensils at discounted prices, and is hosting an e-waste event, as part of its initiative to encourage residents to reduce, reuse, recycle, and adopt more environmentally conscious choices.

Recycling bins, limited to two people per family, are available at: $8.25 for a blue bin; $16.50 for a green container; $3 for the kitchen.

To purchase chests that will be delivered by GFL (Green for Life) within 1-2 weeks:

  • Send an email to info@newmarket.ca with your request. Requests must include your name, address and telephone number. City employees will contact your credit card payment information. Do not include credit card information in the email.
  • Call 905-895-5193, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The city will host an electronics and battery recycling event on Saturday, October 22 at Robert N. Chilton Operations Center (1275 Maple Hill Court).

Acceptable items include:

  • Computers
  • projectors
  • Video game consoles
  • headphones
  • Cameras including security cameras
  • Drones with audio or video recording equipment
  • musical instruments
  • Parts of ICT and audio-visual equipment are sold separately, such as hard disk drives
  • Printers (desktop and floor)
  • printer cartridges
  • Phones including cell phones
  • Amplifiers
  • video recorders
  • Handheld POS terminals or devices
  • Peripherals and cables used to support the function of information and telecommunications technology and audio-visual equipment, including charging equipment
  • Used household batteries.

Residents can also participate by following these steps to reduce waste:

  • Do not put plastic bags, Styrofoam and oven filters in recycling bins.
  • Newspapers, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass, cans and cardboard in the blue box should be recycled. Before placing cans and jars in the blue box, rinse them and remove the lids from the jars.
  • Plastic bags/plastic films, plastic films, polystyrene, plastic toys, batteries, medical waste, coffee cups and fast food cups do not belong in the blue box.
  • Use compostable bags for kitchen bins and green bins, and avoid mixing trash with organic waste (such as the plastic wrap on cucumbers).
  • Use paper bags for your yard waste or open litter boxes with handles. Yard waste must be less than 50 pounds and marked as “yard waste.” Acceptable yard waste includes: weeds, trimmings, pumpkins, and small branches (please keep grass clippings and dirt out of the bag).
  • Consider donating reusable items like clothes or toys to charitable or non-profit organizations or community groups rather than throwing them away.

“Thank you, Newmarket, for continuing to demonstrate your strong commitment to reducing waste. Our collective efforts have helped the York District achieve a 92 percent landfill diversion rate,” Mayor John Taylor said in a press release. By making some very simple changes like using a reusable cup of coffee and a water bottle, we can have a greater impact in reducing waste in our community and creating a more sustainable environment for future generations.”

For more information and to learn more about other environmental initiatives of the City of Newmarket, click over here.

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