WELLINGTON COUNTY – The county is increasing leaf and yard waste services starting in October.
Council approved expanding pick-up to once a month from April to November for urban residents. This means twice the amount of pick-ups than before.
Leaf and yard waste can also be dropped off at county facilities for no charge, including rural residents who do not get curbside collection.
A report by solid waste services showed that offering this service can divert as much as 14 per cent of waste from the Riverstown landfill.
“The increased opportunities for residents to divert material from our one and only landfill site will extend the life of the landfill, and turn the collected material into valuable compost, which can be used on farms and gardens in Wellington County,” said Gregg Davidson, solid waste services committee chair, in a press release.
For curbside service, all material must be placed in paper leaf and yard waste bags or in clearly marked reusable containers. Small branches should be bundled and loose material is not accepted.
At waste facilities, leaf and yard waste must be separated from brush and can be placed bagged or loose at drop-off areas. This begins Oct. 1 until December.
In future years, free drop-off will be available from April through November.
This year’s scheduled fall urban collection days still apply. More information is available on the county website.