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Spring Brings Free Week at Landfill – May 4 to 11

May 2, 2008 - Free week at the John Street Landfill has become an annual event for many residents in Thunder Bay.  Spring is the time many households clean up their homes and yards.  To encourage participation in the municipal Spring Up to Clean Up Program, the John Street Landfill Site waives tipping fees for all cars and non-commercial light trucks from Sunday, May 4, to Sunday, May 11. 

Free week is a great chance for homeowners to spruce up their homes and yards and deliver waste to the landfill without having to pay the normal tipping fees, says Sgt. Glenn Porter, Thunder Bay Police. Every year there are problems with unsecured loads on the way to the Landfill, spilling out garbage onto the road, posing a real danger to cars following behind.  Litter that flies out of trucks and trailers is not only unsightly, but harmful to the environment as well.  Thunder Bay Police will be monitoring traffic and enforcing the Highway Traffic Act, which states that all loads brought to the landfill, must be sufficiently covered.  Litter clean up is expensive and violators are subject to fines.  Bring out your load in a covered vehicle or trunk or secure a canopy or tarp over an open load.  Always tie down larger items such as lumber and garbage bags. 

Visits to the landfill site increase significantly in the spring and especially during Spring Up to Clean Up.  All loads coming in to the landfill site must be organized so they can be easily removed to the proper laydown areas. As you drive through the site, you will pass these laydown areas in this order:

1. Household recycling - paper, glass, cardboard, tetra paks & milk cartons, metal cans, aluminum cans and #1 and #2 plastic bottles only
2. Household hazardous waste
3. Household garbage
4. Scrap metal
5. Compost laydown
6. Tires

Using special laydown areas for materials like scrap metal, compost, tires and hazardous waste prevents these items from being buried in with the garbage.  For more information on recycling, landfill and Spring Up to Clean Up contact the Transportation & Works Dispatcher at 684-2195.

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Sgt. Glenn Porter, Traffic Section, Thunder Bay Police, 684-1226
Rick Latta, Supervisor, Landfill & Recycling, 625-3392

Note to Assignment Editors:  A photo opportunity can be arranged by contacting Sergeant Glenn Porter, Thunder Bay Police, at 684-1226.