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Still a Few Weeks To Go: Leaf & Garden Waste Collection Coming Soon


April 15, 2008 - The City of Thunder Bay's spring curbside collection of organic leaf and garden waste for City residents will begin on Tuesday, May 6, ending on Friday, May 16. Check your Waste Collection Calendar to determine your collection date for leaf and yard waste.   

Waste management employees have noticed that some residents are already starting to rake their lawns and put bags of organic garden waste at the curb with their garbage, says Brad Adams, Acting Manager - Roads.  Bags of leaf and yard waste left at the curb before the special collection begins in May count as part of the waste collection bag limit. If possible, save your organic waste for a few more weeks and put it out May 6 -16, so it won't go to waste as garbage.

All leaf and yard waste collected during the special spring collection is added to the compost pile at the John Street Landfill Site where it can be turned into valuable compost for lawns and flower gardens all over Thunder Bay. 

Homeowners are encouraged to use Kraft (brown) paper bags, available at many local hardware and grocery stores for garden waste.  The advantage of Kraft bags is the bags turn into compost too. Clear plastic bags of garden waste will also be collected. There is no bag limit for leaf and yard waste. Grass clippings are not accepted.  Branches and twigs should be bundled in lengths no longer than 1 metre (three feet). 

Place organic leaf and yard waste a few feet away from other recycling and regular garbage at the curb. 

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