The Green Bin Program encourages Markham residents to put organics (fruit & vegetable scraps, diapers, paper towels, shredded paper, coffee grinds etc.) in a Green Bin for weekly collection. 35% of our waste is being diverted from landfill by using our Green Bins every week.
Concerned about privacy? Place confidential papers/bills and shredded paper in your Green Bin.
What Goes in the Green Bin?
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).
How to get a Green Bin
Purchase Green Bins and Kitchen Containers at:
- Markham's Recycling Depots
- Angus Glen Community Centre
- Thornhill Community Centre
- Centennial Community Centre
- Millken Mills Community Centre
Try the Interactive Community Centre Maps
Broken or damaged Green Bins can be exchanged at Markham's Recycling Depots only - not at Community Centre's.
Green Bin $20.50
($21.00 Starting January 1, 2014)
Kitchen Container $7
($7.50 Starting January 1, 2014)
Recycling Depots and Community Centres accept cheques and Interac only (no cash). The Civic Centre accept cheques, Interac, Visa, MasterCard and cash.
Green Bin Rules
- Make sure that your Green Bin is at your curb by 7:00 am on your regular collection day, but no earlier than 7:00 pm the day before collection.
- Organics cannot be loose in your Green Bin. All Green Bin material must be placed out for collection in bags that are securely closed or tied. You do not have to purchase special bags to dispose of your organic material.
- Any type of bag is acceptable in the Green Bin. Find out more about your Green Bin Set-Out Options.
- If you have too much organics for your Green Bin, you can put overflow organics at the curb in a clear plastic bag. You can also buy another Green Bin if you need to.
- Green Bins cannot weigh more than 40 pounds.
- Grass clippings cannot go in your Green Bin. Place grass clippings in your backyard composter or leave them on your lawn.
- Don't place yard waste in your Green Bin. Yard waste and Green Bins are collected separately because different technology is used to compost these materials.
- Label your Green Bin with your address so it doesn't go missing.
- Plastic grocery bags can be used to line your small kitchen container. Simply tie the bag when full and place it into the Green Bin.
- Please do not set your small kitchen container at the curb for collection. The smaller containers are perfect for collecting organic waste inside your home. The larger Green Bin is ideal for curbside collection.
- If raccoons are getting into your Green Bin, use a 12 inch bungy cord to keep your Green Bin closed. Remember to remove the bungy cord before placing your Green Bin out for collection.
What Happens to my Green Bin Material
The Region of York processes Markham's Green Bin organics. Find out more about York Region's Green Bin organics processing.