Get Your Garden Growing! Visit Halton’s Free Compost Give Away

Halton Region’s popular spring Compost Give Away is being held again this week from Monday, May 7 until Saturday, May 12. The event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS), located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton.

Each year Halton Region collects all of the leaves, brush and other yard waste material residents set out for collection at the curbside.  In 2011, approximately 30,500 tonnes of this yard waste material was collected and processed into garden-friendly compost at Halton’s landfill site.

During last year’s spring Compost Give Away, 2,910 residents came to the Halton Waste Management Site and picked up approximately 1,500 tonnes of compost.   Halton residents also dropped off approximately four tonnes of food and over $7,000 which was donated to local food banks throughout the Region. Residents attending the event this week are once again encouraged to bring a cash donation or a non-perishable food item.

Residents must bring their own bags or containers (maximum seven per household) and a shovel in order to pick up their compost. For best growing results, compost should be mixed together with topsoil or another gardening fill. A 60/40 split (60% topsoil and 40% compost) is recommended.

To learn more about Compost Give Away, please contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit www.halton.ca/waste. You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles and visit their blog at www.haltonrecyles.ca.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.