October 9, 2007

Residents reminded to use Kraft paper bags for fall cleanup


Yard waste can be picked up at curb or dropped at one of York Region’s waste centres


NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is reminding residents to use Kraft paper bags or reusable containers when setting out yard waste during fall cleanup. 


Kraft paper bags decompose naturally and can be composted along with the yard waste they contain, reducing processing costs and improving waste diversion.  By separating yard waste from regular garbage, residents can help save valuable landfill space and reduce the number of trucks currently shipping our waste to landfills in Michigan and southwestern Ontario.    


Reusable containers (i.e. garbage cans) can also be used to dispose of yard waste.  To assist collection crews in identifying yard waste, York Region developed a yard waste sticker that can be placed on the outside of reusable yard waste containers.  To obtain a yard waste sticker, please contact York Region at

1-877-464-9675 ext. 5746. 


For this year’s yard waste pickup schedule, residents can refer to the waste calendar provided by their local municipality. 


Residents with an abundance of yard waste can drop it off at one of the following locations:


York Region Waste Management Centre

100 Garfield Wright Boulevard, East Gwillimbury

·         Open Saturdays only until November 24th, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


York Region Waste Transfer Station

23068 Warden Avenue, Georgina

·         Open Monday to Saturday all year, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Miller Waste Systems

1351 Bloomington Road, Richmond Hill

·         April 1st to November 30th

Open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

·         December 1st to March 31st

Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca


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Media Contact:         Jonathan MacMull, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone: 905 830-4444 or toll free 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1207

                                 Email: jonathan.macmull@york.ca
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