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Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Collection Running Late

November 5, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay’s fall curbside collection of organic leaf and yard waste began on Tuesday this week and continues through to the end of next week. The volume of organic waste and brush at the curb this fall is up. Due to extra debris from the recent wind storm and the popularity of the leaf and yard waste collection, curbside collection is running behind schedule. Residents are asked to leave the leaf and yard waste bags at the curb as the contractor will be collecting areas missed later today, Friday, Nov. 5, and tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 6.

Residents should note that 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.

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.

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.

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, 625-3851