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Curbside yard waste collection begins next week

April 26, 2013

For Immediate Release

Friday, April 26, 2013     Winnipeg, MB – The new seasonal yard waste collection program begins Monday, April 29, 2013, and will continue until November, depending on the weather. Yard waste will be collected at the curb once every two weeks, on the same collection day as recycling and garbage.   Residents can put their yard waste in: ·           any reusable container without a lid (e.g., plastic tubs, old blue boxes, old metal or plastic garbage containers)—containers should not be broken or damaged ·           cardboard boxes ·           paper yard waste bags (available at many stores)   Plastic bags are not accepted in the program because they do not break down and will contaminate the finished compost.   Residents are reminded to place their yard waste containers to the side of their recycling and garbage carts, and to leave an arm’s length between their yard waste containers and their recycling and garbage carts.   The curbside yard waste collection program was rolled out city-wide in October 2012, as part of a new waste minimization strategy designed to give residents more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, and significantly reduce the amount of material that is landfilled.   The program will help reach our goal of keeping more than half of our garbage out of the landfill, and will help protect our environment by: ·        reusing valuable organic material, and ·        significantly reducing harmful leachate and greenhouse gases.   Last fall alone, more than 6,000 tonnes of yard waste was collected from the new curbside yard waste collection program and composted at the Brady Resource Management Facility.   Residents can find their yard waste collection dates by: ·           checking the calendar that was delivered with the carts ·           downloading the My Waste app at winnipeg.ca/mywaste ·           contacting 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca ·           visiting the website at winnipeg.ca