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Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Collection Begins May 1

April 30, 2012 – The City of Thunder Bay’s spring curbside collection of organic leaf and garden waste will occur between Tuesday, May 1 and Friday, May 11 on a resident’s regular recycling day.

Leaf and yard waste collected 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 leaf and yard waste out for this special collection helps extend the life of our landfill site.

Homeowners may use Kraft (paper bags) or clear plastic bags for garden waste. Paper bags are the preferred option as they can be placed directly into the compost and become compost too. Kraft bags are available at most hardware and grocery stores. 

There is no bag limit on leaf and yard waste but bags can weigh no more than 18 kg (40 lbs). Residents should place garden waste at the curb with recyclables on their regular recycling day, as marked with a leaf symbol on their waste collection 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 Infrastructure & Operations Dispatch at 625-2195.

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Contact:    Jason Sherband, Coordinator, Solid Waste Diversion & Recycling – Roads, 625-3851