May 1, 2015 - The City of Thunder Bay's spring curbside collection of organic leaf and yard waste will take place between May 5 and 15, 2015, on your regular recycling day.

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. Regular bag weight limits of 40 lbs or 18 kg or less apply.

Clear plastic bags may also be used for the spring 2015 collection. However, all future curbside leaf and yard waste collections, beginning in the fall of 2015, will require the use of Kraft paper bags only.

Branches and brush may also be left at the curb for collection. Bundles of branches must be less than one metre (39 inches) long and no more than 61 cm or (24 inches) in diameter, tied using string or rope.

Leaf and yard waste put out 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. As a bonus, putting your organic waste out for this special collection helps extend the life of our landfill site by reducing the waste that ends up on the garbage face.

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.

Questions about organic leaf and yard waste collection may be directed to Infrastructure & Operations Dispatch at 625-2195.

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Contact: Jason Sherband, Coordinator - Waste Diversion and Recycling, 625-3851