Green Residue and Leaves

You can recycle your Christmas tree as of the second week of January. Remove the lights, decorations and garlands and bring it to Public Works at 300, Beaurepaire or a designated park chalet near you.
All natural Christmas trees are accepted. By participating in this collection, your tree will be recycled as wood chips used in city parks and green spaces.

Make sure to recycle packaging papers (except metallic papers and ribbons), in recycling collections.

Participating Park Chalets:

  • Beacon Hill, 100 Harwood
  • Briarwood, 50 Willowbrook
  • Christmas Memorial, 424 Beaconsfield
  • Drummond, 200 Beaurepaire
  • Heights, 225 Evergreen
  • Rockhill, 540 Beaurepaire
  • Shannon, 340 Preston
  • Windermere, 303 Sherbrooke

WHAT IS GRASSCYCLING AND LEAF MULCHING

It consists of mowing the lawn and leaving clippings where they fall.

Grasscycling?

  • Keep grass to about 8 cm, except the first and last cuts, which should be at 5 cm
  • Water sparingly, except with new lawns
  • Pull out dandelions by hand or cut them before they turn to seed

Leaf Mulching involves mulching leaves on the property and leaving them on the ground.

How to mulch leaves

  • Mow dry leaves, as soon as they begin to fall
  • Mow frequently: keep leaves from accumulating and hurting your lawn
  • Cut grass to 5 cm the last few times you mow, during the season
  • Use a mulching mower if possible

Warning: Do not grasscycle leaves that have tar spots: discard such leaves along with other green residue.

Grass-cycling and Leaf Mulching Benefits

Six good reasons!

  • The environment: Grass clippings are an important source of methane (CH4), a powerful greenhouse grass. By leaving them on your property, you cut down on transport-related emissions.
  • Save on fertilizer: Rotting grass returns nutrients to the soil.
  • Moisturize lawn: Grass clippings help keep the ground moist, since grass is 90% water. This cuts down on watering needs and the risk of dryness.
  • Hardier lawn: Rotting grass clippings nourish microorganisms that are good for the soil and promote the decomposition of thatch.
  • Reduced waste volume: This also reduces pollution generated in landfills.

For you:

  • Cuts likelihood of lawn disease and protects ground from dryness.
  • Improves lawn quality. Grass clippings left on the ground provide natural fertilizer and water.
  • Lets you save on fertilizer and watering. Grass cycling is an excellent way of fertilizing your lawn for free.
  • Saves you time collecting and bagging grass and leaves.

WHAT IS GREEN RESIDUE?

All organic garden waste, including grass clippings and leaves.

Grasscycling and backyard composting are the best cost-effective options to help reduce material at the source, without the need to transport it to a treatment centre.

 

ACCEPTED MATERIALS40l bin

 

Food (Kitchen) Residue (raw, cooked or spoiled) 

  • Meat and poultry (including skin, fat and bones)
  • Fish and seafood (including shells, skin and bones)
  • Dairy products
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, pasta, rice and other cereal products
  • Coffee grinds and tea bags
  • Eggs and shells
  • Nuts and shells
  • Vegetable oils and fats (small amounts) 
  • Herbs, spices, sauces and dressings
  • Sweets and snacks
  • Meal leftovers (food scraps)
  • Corn cobs 
 
Green Residue
  • Garden residue (flowers, plants, weeds) 
  • Grass clippings and other plants 
  • Leaves, twigs, evergreen needles, sawdust, straw 
  • Shrub roots and household plants 
Other residue material 
  • Non-waxed paper plates
  • Paper (clean or soiled): tissue paper, paper towels, paper napkins, newspapers, muffin liners 
  • Compostable plates, bowls, utensils and toothpicks
  • Animal food
  • Human or animal hair, feathers
  • Cold ashes produced by burning untreated wood 
 

REFUSED MATERIALS 

  • Plastic bags (regular, biodegradable or compostable)
  • Recyclable materials
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Animal feces, used pet litter and pads
  • Diapers, incontinence pants, sanitary napkins and tampons, cotton swabs, dental floss
  • Fabrics and clothing, shoes
  • Dryer lint, dust, wax
  • Dead animals (wild or pets)
  • Waxed paper or styrofoam
  • Wood and ceramic
  • Branches
  • Cigarette butts
  • Chewing gum
  • Branches, soil, rocks and sand

 

COLLECTIONSsacs verts

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Collections are Mondays, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from April until November.  Consult the Collection Calendar for details.

  • Green residue must be placed in cardboard boxes, bins (except the blue bin) or paper bags.
  • Neither plastic bags or blue bins, nor branches will be collected.
  • Warning! Do not put food residue in paper bags or cardboard boxes.
  • Food residue MUST be placed in a bin size 40 litres or more, WITH A COMPLETELY CLOSED LID.
  • Green and food residue can be mixed together on condition that it is put in a bin with a lid.
     

To properly manage food residue

The use of paper bags or newspaper is convenient for placing food in the bin used to collect your green residue because the paper:
  • absorbs moisture
  • minimizes odours
  • contains insects that may be present in the organic matter
  • prevents residue from sticking to the surface of the bin
  • is useful for freezing residue during the hottest months of the year
Use a simple origami technique
The origami or kitchen catcher made with newspaper is an easy and effective way to keep things clean when disposing of your organic matter! Click here to learn more (PDF)
 

Paper bags to use for the collection

Examples of ACCEPTED bags:
 
    2ply                bagtoearth        
Paper bag with paper liner     Paper bag with cellulose liner
 
 
 
Examples of REFUSED bags:

 

   liners             brownbags      ecosafe bag
Paper bag with compostable liner      Compostable bag        Compostable bag    

 

 

OVERLOOKED BIN OR BAG?

Make sure collection instructions were followed: day and time, bin position, accepted container, container weight, accepted materials, etc. If all instructions were followed, report the situation to Public Works the same evening after 7 p.m. or before 10 a.m. the next day.
Requests received after 10 a.m. the day following the collection will not be processed.

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