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Free Compost Available Soon for Residents

June 14, 2011 – Compost will be available, weather permitting, to all City residents at no charge beginning on Thursday, June 16 at 8:30 am while quantities last. The compost pick-up area is accessible from John Street Road only.   

The hours of operation at the compost pick-up area will be Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm, and residents are being reminded not to come before 8:30 am.
The pick-up area is located just east of the old landfill entrance on John Street.  Residents can drive in and take home free compost ideal for landscaping, flowerbeds and lawns. This compost is not for use in vegetable gardens.

“All the leaves and organic garden waste dropped off at the compost laydown area at the landfill have been blended with organic waste collected during the special spring and fall curbside pickups,” said Brad Adams, Manager – Roads. “The pumpkins collected in the fall during the Great Pumpkin Collection and the chips from the Christmas Tree Chipping Program are included in the mix. The result is high quality, well-aged and screened compost available to any city resident to beautify their garden.”  

Residents bringing garbage, recycling and/or hazardous household waste to the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road must dispose of these items before visiting the special compost pick-up area. Loads must be sorted and secured, using the appropriate laydown areas.    

Residents are advised to bring a shovel and some bags or containers to carry their compost home. 

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Contact: Brad Adams, Manager - Roads, 684-2195