Waste Reduction and Elimination: Yard Waste
The most effective method of managing yard waste is to manage it at home. Try Grasscycling: When you've finished mowing the lawn, relax. By mowing regularly at the proper blade height, you can leave the clippings on the lawn. They will disappear and enrich the soil. Remember, grass is 85 to 90 percent water. It decays quickly. No more bagging and dragging. Grass clippings are only collected in the spring and fall. Grass clippings are not collected in June, July, August or September. Bring your Grass Clippings to the Public Drop Off Depot. Grass clipping fees apply.
- Buy a mulching mower or purchase a mulching blade for your lawn mower. Remove the grass catching bag.
- Mulch your leaves into your lawn or garden. It's great fertilizer.
- Composting: by composting kitchen scraps, you could cut your waste by 10 to 20 percent. Add yard waste and leaves to your composter and you've cut back another 10 to 20 percent. Composting is not expensive: it's easy and saves you money in fertilizer. Backyard composters are available from any Home Hardware store for $35.00, tax included (prices subject to change).
- Tip: Mulch your leaves with your mower prior to placing them out for collection (3 containers worth will fit into 1) or let us collect and compost your yard waste.
- Use cardboard boxes, paper yard waste bags or garbage cans for your yard waste.
- Cardboard boxes and paper bags are shredded with your yard waste and make great compost.
- Bring grass clippings and other yard waste to our Public Drop Off Depot at North Service Road East and Central. Tipping Fees may apply.
- Help increase collection efficiency and reduce costs by putting your yard waste in a common location with your neighbour.
- Keep all materials away from parked cars.
Public Works, Environmental Division
3540 North Service Road East
Phone: For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, call 519-974-2277 ext. 3121.