Blue Box

Blue BoxThe City of Markham collects blue box material every week on your regular collection day. Put clean materials in your blue box loosely. Don't put them in bags.

You need to put your blue box at your curb by 7 AM on your collection day. Or, you can put it at the curb after 7 PM the night before.

Masks, gloves & wipes go in clear bag garbage. DO NOT put in your blue box!

Do not place these items in your blue box; bins containing these items will be left behind. Single-use masks, gloves and wipes continue to be placed in curbside blue boxes and eventually into the material sorting facility through the recycling trucks. This has resulted in health and safety concerns for both collectors and the processing staff who manually pick the gloves and masks off the sorting line.  

Let’s all do our part to stay safe!

Reduce litter from your blue box on windy days:

  • Put your blue box out in the morning of your collection day, not the night before
  • Don't overload; keep material below the rim
  • Bundle newspapers and place on top of the lighter items
  • Flatten small cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal, tissue boxes)
  • Write your address on your blue boxes in permanent marker  this makes it easier for them to be returned if they blow away
  • Reminder: material must be loose in your blue box; DO NOT BAG! 
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