The 44th annual Community Cleanup event is back. This year, we are launching the event on Saturday, May 7, 2022, with a cleanup event in each ward. Be sure to stop by one of locations listed near you to pick up a free cleanup kit (while quantities last) and follow the instructions to help cleanup Newmarket's parks, trails and greenspaces.
|Ward 1 ||Frank Stronach Park ||Memorial Circle ||9 a.m. to noon|
|Ward 2 ||Fairgrounds Park ||Muriel Street ||9 a.m. to noon|
|Ward 3||George Richardson Park - South ||Bayview Parkway||9 a.m. to noon|
|Ward 4 ||Rogers Park ||Access from Harrison Drive and Yorkshire Drive |
(behind Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School)
|9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.|
|Ward 5 ||Farmer's Market at Riverwalk Commons ||200 Doug Duncan Drive ||8 a.m. to 1 p.m. |
|Ward 6 ||Paul Semple Park ||145 Savage Road|
(next to Armitage Village Public Scool)
|9 a.m. to noon |
|Ward 7 ||Environmental Park ||Woodspring Avenue ||9 a.m. to noon|
Cleanup kits will then be available at Customer Service kiosks (Municipal Offices, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex and Magna Centre) from Sunday, May 8 to Sunday, May 22, 2022. Everyone is welcome to pick up a free cleanup kit and choose a time and location that works best for them during the two week cleanup period.
On Saturday, May 7, be sure to fill out a free raffle ballot to take part in the Chris Cartwright Team, Main Street Realty Ltd. Brokerage draw for a chance to win 1 of 3 $100 gift cards to New Roots Garden Centre! Ballots will be available at all of the ward cleanup locations. You can also participate in the draw by submitting your post-cleanup survey and opting-in on the survey (one raffle entry per survey submitted but limited to one per individual). By participating in the raffle, you may be contacted by the Chris Cartwright Team.
Presented by the Chris Cartwright Team, Main Street Realty Ltd. Brokerage.
How to Participate:
- Join a cleanup event on Saturday, May 7 at one of the parks listed above or pick up a free cleanup kit at a Customer Service kiosk and clean at a time and location that works best for you between May 7 and 22.
- Each Community Cleanup Kit is designed for one person and contains the following:
- 1 reusable water bottle, provided with TD Bank.
- 1 pair of nitrile or vinyl gloves, provided by Wolfpack Packaging Inc.
- 1 black garbage bag, provided by Cintas
- 1 clear recycling bag, provided by Cintas
- LEAF program pamphlet
- Instructions and safety tips
3. To ensure as many can participate as possible, one Community Cleanup Kit will be provided per group. Additional cleaning supplies (gloves and bags) can be added up to a maximum of 5 people (while quantities last). Large groups of over 10 people should contact the event organizer, firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrange for a separate pickup.
4. Choose a public park, greenspace or trail in Newmarket to clean (some target locations are listed below).
5. Protect yourself! Please follow the safety tips on the information sheet in your cleanup kit. Click here for a printable version of the Cleanup Kit Information Sheet
6. Place garbage in the black bags and recycling in the clear bags. Unsure about what is garbage and what goes in the recycling? Use the Recycle Coach What goes Where tool
to help you decide!
7. When you are finished, leave your garbage bags, recycling bags, and large items by the permanent garbage receptacles in the park. If there are no permanent receptacles, please place bags by a numbered light post of the greenspace or trail where they can be picked up by Town staff after the cleanup. Please note, Town staff will be circulating throughout the various parks during regular park maintenance to pick up collected garbage bags over the course of the two week period.
8. Let us know where you cleaned and left your garbage bags by completing the post-cleanup survey
9. We would love to see your before and after photos and videos so show us by tagging @TownOfNewmarket and use the hashtag #icleanedup
Safety Tips and Things to Remember:
Protect yourself! Please follow the safety tips on the information sheet in your cleanup kit. Click here for a printable version of the Cleanup Kit Information Sheet
You can clean at whatever time you choose so be sure to use your discretion when choosing a day, time and location to ensure your safety. Please do not go outside to clean in inclement weather such as thunder/lighting, high winds etc.
Please stay off private property.
Please avoid potential dangers such as railway tracks, rivers, river banks and road ways.
Please do not pick up dangerous objects such as broken glass, needles, sharp objects or dead animals. If you come across any of these items please leave them where you found them and including their location in the post-cleanup survey so they can be disposed of safely.
If an item is too large to move to the garbage can, please leave it where it is and include it's location in the post-cleanup survey.
All children participating under the age of 12 should be supervised by an adult.
Tips for cleaning during COVID-19:
Ensure you wear vinyl, nitrile or work gloves while picking up waste
Avoiding touching your face at all times
When you are finished cleaning, dispose of your gloves in the black garbage bag provided and immediately wash or sanitize your hands. It would be a good idea to bring hand sanitizer with you and then wash your hands when you return home.
Please follow social distancing guidelines. If you are cleaning in a group, please ensure you are following the existing gathering limits set out by the Province of Ontario.
Target Cleanup Locations:
- Best Family Parkette (Best Circle) (Ward 1)
- Frank Stronach Park (Memorial Circle) (Ward 1)
- Rene Bray Park (1030 Ivsbridge Boulevard) (Ward 1)
- Arnhem Park (595 Mulock Court) (Ward 2)
- College Manor Park (705 College Manor Drive) (Ward 2)
- George Richardson Park (Bayview Parkway) (Ward 3)
- Charles Van Zant Open Space (205 Waratah Avenue) (Ward 3)
- Proctor Park (277 Primrose Lane) (Ward 4)
- Marilyn Powell Park (435 London Road) (Ward 4)
- Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) (Ward 5)
- Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Ave) (Ward 5)
- Fairy Lake Park (520 Water Street) (Ward 5)
- Haskett Park (145 Millard Avenue) (Ward 5)
- Lions Park (424 D'Arcy Street) (Ward 5)
- South end of Tom Taylor Trail, near Foxtail Ridge (Ward 6)
- Whipper Billy Watson Park (475 Clearmeadow Boulevard) (Ward 6)
- Keffer Parkette (110 Keffer Circle) (Ward 6)
- Armstrong Park (860 Joe Persechini Drive) (Ward 6)
- Paul Semple Park (145 Savage Road) (Ward 6)
- Environmental Park (Woodspring Avenue) (Ward 7)
- Bonshaw Avenue Park (130 Bonshaw Avenue) (Ward 7)
- Woodland Hills Labyrinth Park (45 Ford Wilson Boulevard) (Ward 7)
- Dave Kerwin Trail (Woodspring Avenue) (Ward 7)
- Aspenwood Drive (between Wainscot Ave. and Flagstone Way) (Ward 7)
High school students can earn up to 3 volunteer hours for participating in the cleanup. Each student should complete their own post-cleanup survey that will provide the information required to arrange to have forms signed. If you are particiating in the cleanup on Saturday, May 7, you can get your highschool form signed that day by a Town of Newmarket staff at any of the ward cleanup locations. If you are cleaning up after May 7th, volunteer forms can be dropped off at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) to the attention of Sarah Ernst (please ensure your name and school information has been completed before dropping it off). As long as you submitted a post-cleanup survey, your form will be completed and you will be contacted to pick it up at a later date.
Provincial Day of Action on Litter
Since 2020, the Provincial Day of Action on Litter is celebrated on the second Tuesday of May each year in Ontario. The Provincial Day of Action focuses on raising awareness about the impacts of waste on the environment and encourages everyone to take action such as participating in litter cleanups like the Town's Community Cleanup. This year's Provincial Day of Action on Litter is May 10. Help keep our community clean and litter-free! For more information on the 2022 Day of Action, and tips on how to reduce your waste footprint at home, visit ontario.ca/page/act-on-litter
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