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COMPOST AND WOOD CHIP GIVEAWAY DAY

SATURDAY, MAY 13th, 2017

The Township of King Public Works Department will be hosting a compost and wood chip giveaway day on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Works Yard located at  16735 8th Concession, Schomberg (corner of Lloydtown-Aurora Road and 8th Concession).  Please bring your own shovels and containers.  Arrive early – limited quantities available!

Organics

Did you know that organics waste accounts for approximately 30% of all waste generated in your home?

Organic waste collection and decomposition, or composting, is the process of collecting, grinding, mixing and using air or water to speed up aerobic (with oxygen) or anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition of organic material.

The resulting compost created by this process is a nutrient rich material that can be spread over soil to help nurture plant growth and health.

Composting is a vital part of promoting green friendly methods of waste reduction and environmental sustainability.

Here are some of the items which should be placed in the organics bin:

  • Food waste 

  • Pet waste

  • Diapers

  • Food soiled paper products

  • Paper napkins and facial tissue

  • Soiled paper take out containers

Here are some of the items which should not be placed in the organics receptacle:

  • Plastic film, wrap and bags (excluding pet waste bags)

  • Baby wipes

  • Waxed and foil paper packaging

  • Foam and plastic take-out containers

The Township is encouraging you to make the switch from plastic bags to compostable or paper bags to line your Green Bin or kitchen container.  Plastic bags are still currently accepted but using compostable bags in your Green Bin makes doing a great thing for the environment even better! 

Here’s why:

  • Compostable bags break down completely into compost during the composting process

  • Plastic bags do not break down and are screened from the final compost and landfilled

  • Compostable bags are made from natural, plant-based materials

  • Plastic bags are petroleum-based and require 400 to 1,000 years to break down

  • Compostable bags support a more sustainable, environmentally

  • Friendly process.

Compostable bags are available at most grocery and hardware stores throughout York Region.  Many different brands are available, but be sure to look for certified compostable bags.