Yard waste materials are not accepted in Blue Bin or Green Bin. Yard waste in Newmarket is collected every second week from April to November as noted in your Waste and Recycling Calendar.
There is no limit on the amount of yard waste that can be placed for collection, as long as material is placed at the curb in paper organic yard waste bags, or open containers before 7 a.m. for collection.
*Please do not use Blue Recycling Bins or plastic bags for yard waste. Containers with rope or chain handles are also not acceptable
Acceptable containers for yard waste
- Compostable yard waste bags
- Open top garbage cans with open handles marked 'Yard Waste'
Non-Acceptable containers for yard waste
- Plastic garbage bags
- Blue recycling bins
- Containers with plastic or moulded handles
- Containers with rope or chain handles (due to health and safety concerns for waste and recycling staff)
Yard waste restrictions:
- Plastic bags are no longer acceptable for yard waste and will not be picked up
- Tree branches which are greater than 4" in diameter will not be picked up
- Use twine to bundle and/or shrub branches, not tape
- Bundles must not be more than three feet long, no more than 22 kg (50 pounds) in weight and not more than a foot in diameter
- Kitchen scraps, grass clippings, rocks, dirt, sod, tree stumps, larger branches, flower pots/trays, painted or treated wood and animal dropping should not be placed with yard waste
Yard Waste Drop-off Location
Residents can also take their yard waste and grass clippings to a York Region waste depot.
Grass clippings are not an accepted yard waste material and is not collected in the curbside yard waste pick-up program.
Once grass has been cut, it starts to decompose. Due to processing challenges at York Region composting stations and the amount of odour produced when decomposing, grass clippings are not collected.
Grasscycling is the best way to decompose grass clippings. Grasscycling is the act of leaving grass clippings on your lawn, around the base of trees, shrubs and plants as mulch or in your backyard composter. Some benefits include:
- Reduces the need for fertilizers by 30 per cent
- Returns nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium back to the soil to help build healthy roots
- Reduces collection and processing costs at Yard Waste depots, which supports the York Region Leaf and Yard Waste and Composting Strategy in the SM4RT Living Plan
Grasscycling is regarded as a best practice for many large Ontario municipalities such as the City of Toronto, Durham Region and Niagara Region who have banned grass clippings from their curbside yard waste collection programs.
Residents can take small amounts of grass clippings to the Bloomington Yard Waste depot (1351 Bloomington Road) in Richmond Hill Ontario.