Keep Markham Beautiful on Windy Days!
- Don't overload your blue box; keep material below the rim
- Place heavier items such as bundled newspapers and magazines on top of the lighter items
- Flatten small cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal or tissue boxes)
- Put your waste at the curb by 7 a.m. the morning of your collection day, instead of the night before
- Additional blue boxes can be purchased at any Markham Recycling Depot and you may also drop off your blue box recycling
- Write your address on your blue boxes in permanent marker - makes it easier for them to be returned if they blow away
Reminder: plastic bags are not accepted in the blue box. Drop off your plastic shopping bags at any Markham Recycling Depot.
Participation in curbside and apartment recycling is mandatory in the City of Markham.
Recyclable's are collected every week on your regular collection day. Please follow your Recycling Collection Schedule. 35% of our waste is diverted from landfill by using our Blue Boxes each week.
What Goes in the Blue Box?
Not sure if an item is recyclable? Look it up using the What Goes Where tool or use this printable version of Markham's Recycling Guide (PDF).
What Can't go in the Blue Box?
- No shredded paper (Please compost in your Green Bin)
- No waxed paper
- No plastic film: plastic wrap, plastic grocery bags, bubble wrap, milk pouches
- No plastic cutlery, drinking straws
- No plastic toys or lawn furniture
- No motor oil, transmission or brake fluid containers
- No pesticide, herbicide, flammable liquid or corrosive material bottles
- No Batteries - Rechargeable Batteries can be taken to any of Markham's Recycling Depots while Alkaline batteries should be taken to York's Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling Depot for disposal
- No Styrofoam - (foam meat trays, egg cartons, etc.) Please bring to any of Markham's Recycling Depots to recycle
- No electronics – cell phones, televisions, stereos, pagers etc.
How to Get a Blue Box
Blue Boxes can be purchased at Markham's Community Recycling Depots, the Markham Civic Centre and at the Angus Glen, Thornhill, Centennial and Milliken Mills Community Centres.
Broken or damaged Blue Boxes can be exchanged at Markham's Recycling Depots only.
Recycling Depots and Community Centres accept cheques and Debit only (no cash). The Civic Centre accept cheques, Debit, Visa, Mastercard and cash.
Acceptable Blue Box Sizes
|Markham sells and collects recyclables from two sizes of Blue Boxes:
Sold at home improvement stores
* Markham is unable to collect material from large carts with wheels, sold at some home improvement stores. The loaded weight, size and durability of these carts prevent safe and effective collection. Markham's 80 litre Blue Box (shown above) is the largest acceptable recycling container. If you choose to purchase a container from a store, ensure it does not exceed 80 litres.
- Label your Blue Box with your address so it doesn't go missing
- Set out your Blue Box at the curb before 7:00 am on collection day. Our trucks can arrive at any time after 7:00 am
- Collection may be delayed due to Statutory Holidays such as Canada Day. Follow your Waste Collection Schedule.
What Happens to my Recyclable's?
Markham is responsible for the collection of recyclable materials. The Region of York is responsible for processing Markham's recyclables. Find out what happens to your recycling once it leaves your curb.