Halton Region Spring Compost Giveaway runs until Saturday May 10

There is still time to take advantage of Halton Region’s Spring Compost Giveaway. Every year Halton collects your yard waste – leaves, garden trimmings and brush – and converts it into high-quality compost.

Until Saturday, May 10, you can visit the Halton Waste Management Site at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton to pick up compost free of charge. The annual spring event, which began on May 5, runs daily from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

I invite you to visit the landfill to pick up garden-ready compost for your spring gardening and landscaping projects.

Remember to bring: Compost 2014

  • your own bags or containers (maximum seven per household) and a shovel in order to bag your compost; and
     
  • a non-perishable food item or cash donation, to be distributed to Halton-area food banks.

Halton Region runs the Spring Compost Giveaway every year to thank residents for helping to divert yard waste away from Halton’s landfill. Halton residents are diverting 60 per cent of single-family household waste by participating in Blue Box, GreenCart, reuse, household hazardous waste and yard waste programs – this is an incredible achievement.

Halton’s waste management practices, including our yard waste program, both protect the environment and make good financial sense. Our landfill site was originally scheduled to close in 2012. Thanks to the waste diversion efforts of Halton residents, the landfill life has been extended by more than 30 years to 2044, saving taxpayers the estimated $1 billion cost of a replacement site.

For more information about the Spring Compost Giveaway, visit Halton.ca/compost or dial 311. You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles, #HaltonCompost, and visit the blog at Haltonrecycles.ca.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

 

Halton Region Spring Compost Give Away starts May 6

Halton Region’s popular Spring Compost Give Away is back. Starting Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 11, residents are invited to pick up compost free of charge as a thank you for helping to divert yard waste away from Halton’s landfill.

When it comes to diverting residential waste, Halton residents are the best in the Province.Compost Through participation in waste diversion programs like recycling, composting and yard waste collection, Halton households continue to divert 60% of waste away from the landfill, up from 40% in 2007. These efforts are important because they help conserve the life of Halton’s landfill, one of the Region’s most valuable physical assets, a savings of $15 million for taxpayers.

Each year, the yard waste (e.g. leaves, garden trimmings and brush) set out for collection by residents is turned into high-quality compost at our Waste Management Site. In 2012, approximately 31,000 tonnes of yard waste was collected in Halton and the resulting compost is now ready for residents to use in their own gardens and landscaping projects.

The event takes place at the Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., from Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 1.1 Residents are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation, to be distributed to Halton-area food banks.

Residents must also bring their own bags or containers (maximum seven per household) and a shovel in order to bag their own compost.

For more information about the Spring Compost Give Away, access Halton by dialing 311 or visit www.halton.ca/waste. You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles #HaltonCompost and visit the blog at www.haltonrecycles.ca.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

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”.