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Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Collection

October 28, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay’s fall curbside collection of organic leaf and yard waste will take place between Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 12 on your regular recycling day. There is no garbage, recycling or leaf and yard waste collection on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. Residents in Areas 1, 2 and 3 should check their Waste Collection Calendars for their collection date. 

Homeowners are encouraged to use Kraft (paper bags) for garden waste because these bags decompose naturally. Paper bags are placed directly into the compost and become compost too. Kraft bags are available at most hardware and grocery stores. Clear plastic and Halloween leaf bags are also acceptable. Bags must not weigh more than 40 lbs or 18 kg.

Debris from trees downed as a result of the recent wind storm may also be left at the curb for collection. Branches must be bundled into less than one metre (39 inches) long and no more than 61 cm or (24 inches) in diameter using string or rope.

Leaf and yard waste put out at the curb is added to the compost pile at the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste and Recycling Facility. The result is a rich soil additive for flower gardens and lawns to beautify Thunder Bay. As a bonus, putting your organic waste out for this special collection helps extend the life of our landfill site by reducing the waste that ends up on the garbage face.

There is no bag limit on leaf and yard waste. Place garden waste at the curb with recyclables on your regular recycling day, as indicated on your waste collection calendars. Look for the leaf symbol on your calendar. Grass clippings will not be accepted. Branches and twigs should be bundled in lengths no longer than one metre (three feet). 

Questions about collection may be directed to Transportation and Works Dispatch at 684-2195.

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Contact: Jason Sherband, Coordinator – Waste Diversion and Recycling, 627-4888