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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?

Recycled plastic bags are used to make things like new plastic bags, plastic lumber, patio furniture and park benches.

You can search the areas below for participating stores. Please be advised that locations are subject to change, it is suggested to contact the store ahead of time to confirm their continued participation.


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

Aurora

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

Telephone: 905-726-9532

Metro
1 Henderson Road
Aurora, Ontario
L4G 1J7

Telephone: 905-727-0185 

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East Gwillimbury

Foodland
19263 Highway 48
Mount Albert, Ontario
L0G 1M0

Telephone: 905-473-7406

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Georgina

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

Telephone: 905-722-5671

Zehrs
24018 Woodbine Ave
Keswick, Ontario
L4P 3E9

Telephone: 905-476-1318

 

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King

Foodland
17250 Highway 27
Schomberg, Ontario
L0G 1T0

Telephone: 905-939-7372 

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Markham

Loblaws
200 Bullock Drive
Markham, Ontario
L3P 1W2

Telephone: 905-294-4922

 

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Newmarket

Real Canadian Superstore

18120 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario
L9N 0J3

Telephone: 905-830-4072

Walmart
1111 Davis Drive
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 2R9

Telephone: 905-853-5355

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Richmond Hill

Loblaws

301 High Tech Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4B 4R2

Telephone: 905-771-1066

Longos

10860 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4C 3E4

Telephone: 905-770-7029

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Vaughan

Lowes
100 Edgeley Blvd
Concord, Ontario
L4K 5W7

Telephone: 905-532-5630

Longos
2810 Major Mackenzie Drive
Maple, Ontario
L6A 1R8

Telephone: 905-417-0207 

Longos
5283 Rutherford Road
Woodbridge, Ontario
L4H 2T2

Telephone: 905-850-7013

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Whitchurch-Stouffville

Metro
5612 Main Street
Stouffville, Ontario
L4A 8B7

Telephone: 905-642-4300

Walmart
1050 Hoover Park Drive
Whitchurch-Stouffville
L4A 0K2

Telephone: 905-640-8848

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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.

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

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.



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