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2020 Waste and Recycling Calendar

Waste Calendar

View the 2020 Waste CalendarThis guide provides information on waste and recycling pick up schedules, disposal tips on waste and recycling and local event information about compost giveaway days, textile events and more! Limited hard copies are available at Access Aurora located at Aurora Town Hall.

For more information about missed collections and broken bins please contact wasteline@gflenv.com or 1-866-421-5625. 

 

Community Cleanup Day

2020 Community Clean-up poster

 

The Town of Aurora is holding its annual community cleanup event to help keep our beautiful community litter-free. Although the cleanup will not be the same without a large meet up like last year, residents can still do their part to help cleanup the Town.

The cleanup will be held over two days, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26.

You can participate by following the steps below:

  1. Sign up here to participate and receive a cleanup kit (while supplies last). The kit includes, two garbage bags, one clear recycling bag, one pair of nitrile gloves and safety tips.
  2. Choose a public park, greenspace or trail to clean (target locations are listed below).
  3. Follow the safety tips provided in the kit. Please cleanup in small groups, avoid large groups and follow provincial orders while participating.
  4. Place the garbage in the black bags and recycling in the clear bags.
  5. When you are finished, leave your garbage and recycling bags in the park or the location you have cleaned up. Please email here or call 905-727-3123 ext. 3447 to indicate the location where your bags or large items need to be picked up.
  6. Tag us in your before and after photos on Facebook @TownofAurora and using the hashtag #auroracleanup.
  7. Cleanup kits are available for pick up at the Joint Operations Centre, 229 Industrial Parkway North on: Tuesday, July 21, Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  8. Target locations for the cleanup are: John West Way, Alex Brodie Drive, Vandorf Sideroad, River Ridge Boulevard, Earl Stewart Drive, Issacson Court, Henderson Drive, Stone Road, First Commerce Drive, Desjardins Way, William Graham Drive, Old Bloomington Road, St. John’s Sideroad and all storm water management ponds.

 

2020 Aurora Community Clean up map

 

To register for the cleanup, please email here or call Access Aurora at 905-727-1375.

Basic Collection Information

​​​Green bins and blue boxes are collected on a weekly basis. Garbage is picked up every other week based on your location in Aurora. Please refer to our Waste Collection Map for more information.

Please place garbage, green bins, blue boxes and yard waste at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on your scheduled day and by 6 a.m. on Yonge Street and Industrial Parkway (but not earlier than 5 p.m. the night before). Please be aware that the time of collection in your area may change at any time, without notice.

A maximum of three (3) bags/cans/items of garbage every two weeks.

Attention Hollandview Trail, Baywell Crescent and Town Lane residents please do not place your items on the roadway, to ensure there's no interference with winter operations.

Bulky Item Pick-up

Non-metal items such as furniture, mattresses, box springs, plastic lawn furniture, toilets and carpeting etc. will be picked up with regular waste collection. Items should be placed at curbside for pick-up on your regular garbage pickup.

If possible, please break-down or separate large/heavy items, bundle small pieces, and tie carpeting and linoleum into rolls measuring no longer than 1.2 metres (4 ft.) and weighing less than 20 kilograms (44 lbs.).

Reminder for Toilet Collection

To ensure your toilet gets collected, please separate the tank from the bowl. If you are unable to do so, please take your toilet to one the Region’s depots.

Toilet tank removed from bowl

To ensure collection, your toilet must be separated and at the curb before 7 a.m. on the day of collection or after 5 p.m. the night before.

Please contact GFL at 1-866-421-5625 should you have a one piece to ensure collection. 

​Metal Item Recycling

Large metal items such as appliances, barbecues (excluding propane tanks), bed frames, furnaces, hot water heaters, metal bath tubs, storage sheds and bicycles must be recycled. Please call our contractor, GFL at 1-866-421-5625 to arrange for a special curbside collection. For safety reasons, please remove doors from refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, washers and dryers. Please note: If a special collection is not booked, metal items will not be collected.

Glass and Other Sharp Objects

Every year, collection personnel are injured due to broken glass and other sharp objects that are not packed properly. Please help keep our workers safe by packing these items in a sealed cardboard box labelled Broken Glass or Sharp Object and set out with your regular garbage collection.

Construction and Demolition Waste

Construction and demolition waste is not collected at the curbside in Aurora. Construction and demolition waste consists mainly of concrete, brick, asphalt, metals, wood and gypsum (drywall). Help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill by recycling your leftover building supplies at York Region's Community Environment​al Centre.

Tire Recycling

Tires can be recycled free of charge at the Georgina Transfer Station and the McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre.

Please note: There is a limit of 10 tires per vehicle.

Illegal Dumping

The dumping of any material on public or private property is illegal and negative to our community and the environment. It costs tax payers money to clean up the affected sites.

If you witness an illegal act of dumping, please lend a hand and record the license plate number and contact Aurora's Bylaw division at 905-726-4751 or the York Regional Police at 905-771-1221.

Anyone convicted of illegal dumping is subject to a fine of up to $5,000.

Green Bin Usage Tips

Below are some helpful tips for using your green bin:

  • Certified compostable bags must be used to line your green bin or kitchen catcher.
  • Absorb excess moisture by lining the bottom of the Green Bin with paper or newspapers.
  • Remove packaging or wraps from food.
  • Heavily soiled paper products with food should be composted rather than recycled (i.e. greasy paper plates).
  • Green Bin materials are not accepted at York Region depots.
  • Ensure that all organic waste material is bagged properly and securely tied.
  • Maximum size Green Bin cannot exceed 45L (12 Gallons).

Accepted Items

  • Food Products
  • Baking ingredients
  • Breads and cereals
  • Candy and confectionary products
  • Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Fruits and vegetables (raw or cooked)
  • Herbs and spices
  • Meat products (including bones, fat and skin)
  • Pasta

Paper Products

  • Boxboard (i.e. soiled, greasy french fry containers)
  • Cardboard (i.e. soiled pizza boxes)
  • Facial tissues
  • Flour and sugar bags (paper)
  • Kraft paper (meat wrap)
  • Microwavable popcorn bags
  • Molded pulp (i.e. egg cartons, food trays)
  • Muffin papers
  • Newspaper (soiled)
  • Paper plates (soiled)
  • Paper towels
  • Shredded paper (small amount)
  • Diapers
  • Feathers
  • Hair
  • Houseplants and flowers (dried and fresh cut)
  • Incontinence products
  • Nail clippings
  • Pet food
  • Pet waste, litter, bedding and fur
  • Sanitary products
  • Sawdust from untreated wood

Other

  • Diapers
  • Feathers
  • Hair
  • Houseplants and flowers (dried and fresh cut)
  • Incontinence products
  • Nail clippings
  • Pet food
  • Pet waste, litter, bedding and fur
  • Sanitary products
  • Sawdust from untreated wood

Items not accepted:

  • Artificial flowers and plants
  • Ashes
  • Baby wipes
  • Candles
  • Carpet and rugs
  • Cigarette butts
  • Clothing, leather and textiles
  • Corks
  • Cotton balls and ear cleaners
  • Deceased animals/wildlife
  • Disposable mop sheets
  • Dryer lint
  • Dryer sheets
  • Foil
  • Gum
  • Milk bags
  • Plastic wrap and baggies
  • Soiled coffee cups
  • Styrofoam
  • Tissue paper for gift bags
  • Vacuum cleaner bags and contents
  • Wax paper
  • Wood
  • Yard Waste

Additional Green Bins

Purchased Green bins

Additional Green Bins may be purchased for $22.50 at the Aurora Town Hall from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with extended hours till 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Note: We do not have Green bins on site at Aurora Town Hall. Residents must come in to pay for the green bin and obtain a receipt. Once a receipt is issued, residents can pickup the green bin at 14131 Bayview Ave in Aurora or request the box is delivered curbside. 

Please note, until further notice, public access to the GLF building has been suspended. 

Replacement Green bins

Residents can request a box replacement by bringing the damaged box to 14131 Bayview Ave to receive a new one or alternatively by calling our contractor Green for Life (GFL) at 1-866-421-5625 to request a replacement bin. All replacement bins must be to the curb on the date of exchange agreed with our contractor GFL in order to receive a replacement.

New Residents

New residents can request a new resident package in person at the Town Hall or by calling 
905-727-1375. Please note: we do not have the Green or Blue bins on-site. They will either be delivered curbside or you can pick them up after speak with a customer service representative at Aurora Town Hall.

Please ensure that all Green Bin materials are securely contained in compostable bags that are tied and closed. Please do not use twist ties. 

E-Waste Days

Have you recently replaced a computer, phone or television? Drop-off all of your unwanted or obsolete electronic devices to be fully recycled at the Joint Operations Centre - 229 Industrial Parkway North between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following dates:
  • Saturday, May 23, 2020- CANCELLED
  • Saturday, Oct 17, 2020- CANCELLED

E-waste is collected and processed by Quantum Lifecycle Partners LP. For more information, please call 905-727-1375. 

Be sure to clear all personal information from computers, cell phones and electronics prior to drop off. Consult manufacturers' websites and owners' manuals for information on how to do this.

Ensure your electronics are recycled at a facility that has been approved by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES). OES is a non-profit industry funded organization that oversees electronics recycling through a network of approved collection sites and processors across the province. All OES processors are audited against criteria developed by Electronic Product Stewardship Canada to ensure that electronics are managed in an environmentally sound manner.

Acceptable Materials for Electronics Recycling

  • All in one computers 
  • Answering machines 
  • Audio cassette players 
  • Cameras (digital and non-digital) 
  • CD players/recorders 
  • Cellular phones 
  • Closed circuit monitors 
  • Computer key boards 
  • Computer monitors 
  • Computer mouse devices 
  • Computer terminals 
  • Digital picture frames 
  • Disc drives
  • DVD/Blu-ray players 
  • External hard drives 
  • Fax machines 
  • Home theatre equipment 
  • Laptops 
  • Modems (wireless and wired) 
  • MP3/Digital audio players 
  • Pagers 
  • PDA (cell enabled) 
  • Photocopiers 
  • Portable audio/video players 
  • Printers 
  • Projectors (video, audio, image)
  • Radios 
  • Scanners 
  • Smart phones 
  • Stereo amplifiers 
  • Telephones 
  • Televisions 
  • Turn tables 
  • Tablet PCs 
  • Typewriters (electric) 
  • Video cameras 
  • VCRs 
  • Webcams​

Unacceptable Materials for Electronics Recycling

  • ​Audio/Video Cassettes/Tapes
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Electric Tools
  • Kitchen appliances 
  • Large home appliances 
  • Medical equipment
  • Printer cartridges 
  • Vacuum cleaners 
  • Video games

​Permanent locations to drop off your electronics

Town Hall- 100 John West Way

Aurora Community Centre- 1 Community Centre Lane

York Region Depot- 225 Garfield Wright Blvd.

Please note – The Town Hall and Aurora Community Centre will not accept large TVs. The maximum size is 32 inches.​

​What happens to your electronics?

Your electronics are shipped to an Ontario Electronic Stewardship approved processing facility where they are dismantled into their separate components. The materials, such as steel, aluminum, copper, glass and plastic, are used to create new products. Hazardous materials are sent for further processing and proper disposal. Alternate drop off sites for electronics

Recycling Tips

Below are some helpful tips to remember when preparing your blue box for recycling:

  • Place all acceptable materials in your Blue Box.
  • Rinse all containers to remove grease, liquid or food.
  • Use a standard size Blue Box (22kg) with a maximum weight of 50 pounds.
  • Large oversized containers with wheels are not accepted.
  • Recyclables in a plastic bag will not be accepted.
  • Small recyclable boxes need to be flattened and securely placed inside the Blue Box. Large cardboard items must be no longer than 4 feet in length.
  • Shredded paper is not accepted for pick-up in the Blue Box. 

Additional Blue Bins

Purchased blue boxes

Additional blue boxes may be purchased for $10.25 at the Aurora Town Hall  from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with extended hours till 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Note: We do not have blue boxes on site at Aurora Town Hall. Residents must come in to pay for the blue box and obtain a receipt. Once a receipt is issued, residents can pickup the blue box at 14131 Bayview Ave in Aurora or request the box is delivered curbside. 

Please note, until further notice, public access to the GLF building has been suspended. 

Replacement blue boxes

Residents can request a box replacement by bringing the damaged box to 14131 Bayview Ave to receive a new one or alternatively by calling our contractor Green for Life (GFL) at 1-866-421-5625 to request a replacement bin. All replacement bins must be to the curb on the date of exchange agreed with our contractor GFL in order to receive a replacement.


Kitchen Catchers

Can be purchased at Town Hall for $5.25 and delivered or alternatively picked up at the GFL location (14131 Bayview Avenue) once payment has been made at Town.

 

New Residents

New residents can request a new resident package in person at the Town Hall or by calling
905-727-1375. Please note: we do not have the blue or green boxes on-site. They will either be delivered curbside or you can pick them up after speak with a customer service representative at Aurora Town Hall.

 

Materials Accepted​​​ What to
Recycle
How to Prepare NOT
Accepted

*Spiral Wound Containers

*New to Blue Box Program. If you have any questions or co​​ncerns about this addition please email 
environmentalservices@york.ca or call 1-877-449-9675 ext. 3000

​Cylindrical containers comprised of a paperboard body, steel base, and optional plastic lid - a typical example is the Pillsbury Dough package.​

Paper Products Paper items, such as cereal boxes, newspapers, magazines, telephone books, office paper and junk mail (window envelopes are okay). Remove plastic windows from pasta boxes, etc., covers from hard cover books, and plastic sleeves from newspapers and magazines. Soiled paper, paper towels, tissues, waxed paper, shredded paper, cookie bags, chip bags. NO plastic bags.
Corrugated Cardboard All corrugated cardboard - remove plastic wrap from water bottle trays (staples are okay). Flatten and tie in bundles no larger than 60cm x 60cm x 30 cm (36" x 36" x 8"). No boxes with heavy food or grease stains (e.g. greasy pizza boxes can go in Green Bin).
Beverage Cartons Tetra Pak® packages and milk/juice cartons/boxes. Rinse and do NOT flatten. No plastic wrap or straws. No foil pouches (e.g. Kool-Aid Jammers).
Coffee cups
Metal All food/beverage metal cans, empty aerosol cans, empty & dry metal paint cans with lids removed. CLEAN aluminum foil/trays/plates. Rinse. Do NOT crush cans. Foil needs to be in loose balls of at least 3" diameter. No coat hangers, pots/pans, kitchen utensils or batteries. No propane cylinders.
Plastic Most rigid plastic containers including food containers, household cleaners, shampoo bottles and microwave trays. Rinse and leave lids on.

No toys, plastic bags, film or bubble wrap, Styrofoam, foam egg trays, lawn furniture, garden hoses. 
No motor oil containers, black plastic, crushed water bottles

water barrels, backyard composters, green bins and blue boxes.

Glass All clear or coloured glass bottles and jars. Rinse, include lids separately. No glass cookware, light bulbs, window or mirror glass, drinking glasses or ceramics (plates, mugs, etc.).

Curbside Giveaway Days

Home items placed at the curbDuring Curbside Giveaway Days, Aurora residents are invited to place unwanted, gently used items clearly labelled FREE at the curb for other residents to take for their own use, free of charge. This helps divert unwanted items out of landfill. All uncollected items should be removed from the curb after 5 p.m. 

CANCELLED: All Curbside Giveaway Days have been cancelled until further notice.

Textile Recycling Program

Textile donation bin 

Diabetes Canada and Cornerstone to Recovery have resumed operations at all 7 textile bins located within our town.   Please note we request at this time, do not leave items outside the bins  - if the bin is full, please go to another location or hold onto them until it has been serviced.  The bins are serviced weekly until further notice. 

 

Since June 2016 we have diverted 285,302 lbs of material from our landfill sites.

We have partnered with Diabetes Canada and Cornerstone to Recovery to provide a textile recycling program and you will find bins around Town to donate clothing and textiles. Stained or torn textiles are also accepted, but must be dry and free of any medical or hazardous liquids such as grease/oil, blood and vomit.

The Town of Aurora has numerous textile bins throughout Aurora that are conveniently located at the following facilities:

  • Stronach Aurora Community Centre- 1400 Wellington Street East
  • Aurora Family Leisure Complex- 135 Industrial Parkway North
  • Aurora Community Centre- 1 Community Centre Lane
  • Aurora Public Library- 15145 Yonge Street
  • Town Hall parking lot- 100 John West Way

Schedule a Free Home Pick-Up

Did you know that if you have lots of textiles to donate, or if you simply can’t get over to the donation bins around Town, you can schedule a home pickup through Diabetes Canada?

Schedule one now at: declutter.diabetes.ca

Assisted Recycling Collection Service

This is a no cost program that promotes independent living and reduces the risk of injury to those in need of physical assistance. For information on this service contact info@aurora.ca

Yard Waste

Rigid containers for yard waste require the yellow "yard waste" sticker. If you require a sticker, please call the Town at 905-727-1375 or click here to email.

Yard Waste is collected with recycling every second week from April to November. There is no limit on the amount of yard waste that can be placed for collection, providing that acceptable containers are used.

Please place weeds, plant trimmings and leaves in paper yard bags, or any rigid open top container that has sturdy handles. Remember to bundle and tie branches as follows:

  • Individual branches must be no larger than 10 cm (4") in diameter;
  • Branches must be bundled with twine;
  • Bundles must be no more than 22 kg (50 lbs) and no longer than 
    1.2 m (4 ft.)

If you are using a rigid container for your yard waste, you need a yellow Yard Waste Sticker to ensure collection. Stickers are free and can are available to residents at Town Hall (Access Aurora, 1st floor) or the Joint Operations Centre (229 Industrial Pkwy N) during regular business hours.

The maximum weight for individual paper yard bags or containers is 22 kg or 50 lbs.

Grass clippings are not collected in Aurora's curbside yard waste program. 

You can compost your own clippings by using a backyard composter or dispose of clippings at the Bloomington Yard Waste Depot, which is accepting up to 9 bags at no charge. 

Please note, until further notice, the Georgina Waste Transfer Station is currently not accepting yard waste. For more information please visit York Region's Waste Depots

Backyard composters are available for purchase for $42 at the Town of Aurora Joint Operations Centre located at 229 Industrial Parkway N.

The following items are not included in Aurora's curbside Yard Waste program:

  • ​Kitchen scraps
  • Grass clippings
  • Rocks
  • Dirt
  • Sod
  • Tree stumps
  • Flower pots/trays
  • Treated wood
  • Animal droppings

Compost Giveaway

CANCELLED: The 2020 Compost Giveaway has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calling all gardeners! Don't miss our FREE compost giveaway on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (SARC) located at 1400 Wellington Street East. 

Bring your buckets, shovels, and gloves and head to the SARC’s rear parking lot anytime between 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Compost will be available rain or shine as long as supplies last. Please note that limits will be in effect and that quantities are first-come, first-serve.

This giveaway is our way of saying thank you to all homeowners who take part in our regional and municipal organics collection programs, helping make Aurora a greener and more sustainable home for all.

For more information, please contact Greta Zinck.

Community Garage Sale

CANCELLED: The 2020 Community Garage Sale has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Need to declutter? Do you have stuff that doesn’t spark joy in your life?
Rain or Shine, bring your treasures to our second annual Community Garage Sale. 

Waste Depots

York Region provides convenient public drop-off depots where residents can bring recycling, garbage, household items, yard waste, household hazardous waste, electronics and other items for recycling and disposal. Each depot accepts a variety of items, please review the list of accepted items before visiting.