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Plastic Bag Take-Back Program

Ontarians use an estimated seven million plastic bags each day, which is roughly 80 bags per second. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down. York Region started the Plastic Bag Take-Back program to let residents know they can bring their plastic bags back to retailers to be recycled. This reduces the number of bags being sent to landfill.

What is the Plastic Bag Take-Back Program?

Retailers across York Region have joined the Plastic Bag Take-Back program. You can drop off your plastic bags at their stores so they can be sent for recycling. Recycled plastic bags are used to make things like new plastic bags, plastic lumber, patio furniture and park benches.

You can search the Drop Off Directory for participating stores or see some local participating retailers below

How do I Recycle my Plastic Bags?

It is easy to recycle plastic bags:

  1. Turn your plastic shopping bags inside out
  2. Stuff your plastic shopping bags into one bag
  3. Drop them off at a Take-Back bin at a participating store

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are plastic bags and film not accepted in York Region’s Blue Box program?

Many municipal blue box recycling programs accept different materials depending on available resources and infrastructure. York Region does not accept plastic bags and film in the blue box because:

  • Plastic bags get tangled up in the sorting machinery at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
  • There are increased costs to sort by hand
  • There are increased maintenance costs to remove tangled bags and significant downtime while machines are repaired
  • Plastic bags and film may contaminate other recyclables
  • There are limited local end markets for processed plastic bags

What happens if I put my plastic bags/film in the blue box anyway?

Workers at the MRF need to remove it by hand and will dispose of it as garbage.

Is there any option or program for recycling plastic bags/film in York Region?

Yes, you can drop off your plastic bags at certain retailers in York Region that participate in the Plastic Bag Take Back program, where they are sent for recycling.  Recycled plastic bags are used to make things like new plastic bags, plastic lumber, patio furniture and park benches.

What types of plastic bags/film are accepted at which participating retailers?

Please refer to the list of participating retailers below. It is suggested that you call the store prior to dropping off your plastic bags. Most programs accept clean and dry newspaper bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, toilet paper wrap, paper towel wrap and T-shirt bag wraps. A good rule of thumb is, if the plastic can be stretched, it is good for recycling.

Participating Retailers


Real Canadian Superstore
15900 Bayview Avenue
Aurora, Ontario
L4G 7Y3

Telephone: 905-726-9532

1 Henderson Road
Aurora, Ontario
L4G 1J7

Telephone: 905-727-0185  

135 First Commerce Drive
Aurora, Ontario
L4G 0G2

Telephone: 905-841-0300

AURORA The Regional Municipality of York en-US

East Gwillimbury

19263 Highway 48
Mount Albert, Ontario
L0G 1M0

Telephone: 905-473-7406

EAST GWILLIMBURY The Regional Municipality of York en-US


20954 Dalton Road, Box 430
Sutton West, Ontario
L0E 1R0

Telephone: 905-722-5671

24018 Woodbine Ave
Keswick, Ontario
L4P 3E9

Telephone: 905-476-1318

The Regional Municipality of York en-US


17250 Highway 27
Schomberg, Ontario
L0G 1T0

Telephone: 905-939-7372 

KING The Regional Municipality of York en-US


200 Bullock Drive
Markham, Ontario
L3P 1W2

Telephone: 905-294-4922

5000 Highway 7
Markham, Ontario
L3R 4M9

Telephone: 905-477-6060

MARKHAM The Regional Municipality of York en-US


16640 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4V8

Telephone: 905-853-5100 

Real Canadian Superstore
18120 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario

Telephone: 905-830-4072

1111 Davis Drive
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 2R9

Telephone: 905-853-5355

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York en-US

Richmond Hill


301 High Tech Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4B 4R2

Telephone: 905-771-1066

10860 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Telephone: 905-770-7029

RICHMOND HILL The Regional Municipality of York en-US


100 Edgeley Blvd
Concord, Ontario
L4K 5W7

Telephone: 905-532-5630

2810 Major Mackenzie Drive
Maple, Ontario
L6A 1R8

Telephone: 905-417-0207 

5283 Rutherford Road
Woodbridge, Ontario
L4H 2T2

Telephone: 905-850-7013

VAUGHAN The Regional Municipality of York en-US


5612 Main Street
Stouffville, Ontario
L4A 8B7

Telephone: 905-642-4300

1050 Hoover Park Drive
L4A 0K2

Telephone: 905-640-8848

WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE The Regional Municipality of York en-US

For Retailers

If you are a retailer that collects plastic bags and would like your location listed in the Plastic Bag Take-Back program, please email 


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