Thursday, September 29, 2011

Leave a gift for Mother Nature this fall: 2011 Leaf & Pumpkin Composting program begins

Though Mother Nature has given us a few extra weeks of warm weather, the reality is fall is here and Calgarians will soon be raking leaves.

The City of Calgary’s annual Leaf & Pumpkin Composting program starts Friday, September 30 and runs until Sunday, November 13, 2011. Calgarians are encouraged to bring their bagged leaves and pumpkins, at no charge, to one of the 33 designated seasonal drop-off locations.

“It’s one of many ways Calgarians can help the environment - when the compost is ready, it’s a nutrient-rich soil booster that we use in our City parks and green spaces," says Lindsay Lofthous, a Waste diversion specialist with The City. "Composting also helps reduce greenhouse gases by keeping millions of kilograms of organic material out of our landfills.”

Calgarians are also once again encouraged to brown bag it this year. Paper yard waste bags, which can be purchased at many local yard and garden retailers, are the best type of bags to use because they can be placed directly into the compost rows. This helps make the process more efficient and leaves no waste behind.

The annual Leaf & Pumpkin Composting program is for residential use only and is not for other types of organic materials, such as grass clippings, branches or prunings. Rocks should also be removed from bagged leaves and pumpkins.

Due to the large volume of leaves that are gathered in yards every year, those who choose not to bring their bagged leaves to one of the Leaf & Pumpkin Composting program seasonal drop-off locations should be aware that The City will implement, as needed, a temporary limit on the amount of excess garbage collected outside of the black carts. This will ensure all black carts are collected and City crews can complete collection routes on schedule.

The 2011 Leaf & Pumpkin Composting program is being held at 33 seasonal drop-off locations, including the three City landfills. For more information on a drop-off near you, visit or call 3-1-1.

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