With the mild temperatures and the promise of winter weather behind us, many people took the opportunity this past weekend to start cleaning up their yards. But what do you do with all the detritus?
If you live in the City of Peterborough, you can put out your green waste for weekly collection beginning this week on your regular garbage/recycling day. In the County of Peterborough, curbside collection is offered in 10 communities on two dates each in late April and May.
In Northumberland County, one-week-only curbside green waste collection begins later this month. In the City of Kawartha Lakes, there are two dates for curbside collection in June (you’ll have to take your green waste to a landfill before then). In Hastings and Haliburton counties, you’ll need to check with your local municipality to see if curbside collection is offered.
More details are available below:
City of Peterborough
Weekly green waste collection in the City of Peterborough begins on Tuesday, April 4th and continues until the last week of November.
The green waste will be collected at the curb on your regular garbage and recycling collection day.
Green waste must be in paper yard waste bags, bushel baskets, or a garbage bin labeled with a city-issued “Green Waste” stickers. The stickers are free and are available at City Hall, Peterborough GreenUP, and local Home Hardware stores.
While there are no limits on the amount of green waste you can put out for collection, plastic bags will not be accepted.
For more information, visit www.peterborough.ca.
County of Peterborough
Curbside collection of yard waste is available in 10 communities in the County of Peterborough: Bridgenorth, Donwood, Havelock, Keene, Lang, Lakefield, Millbrook, North Monaghan, Norwood, and the Terraview Heights and Woodland Acres areas.
Collection dates in the spring are:
- Wednesday, April 19th and Wednesday, May 24th for Donwood, Keene, and Lang
- Thursday, April 20th and Thursday, May 25th for Millbrook and North Monaghan
- Friday, April 21st and Friday, May 26th for Terraview Heights and Woodland Acres
- Wednesday, April 26th and Wednesday, May 31st for Lakefield
- Thursday, April 27th and Thursday, June 1st for Bridgenorth
- Friday, April 28th and Friday, June 2nd for Havelock and Norwood.
Place all yard waste in paper bags or reusable containers and bundle branches, and place at the curb before 7 a.m. on your collection day. There are no limits and no tags required for leaf and yard materials.
Drop-off programs are available for all other locations in the county. Ccontact your local township for more information on the Leaf and Yard Drop-Off Program in your area.
For more information, visit www.ptbocounty.ca.
In Northumberland County, leaf and yard waste is collected during specific weeks in the spring, depending on where you live in one of four areas of the county.
In April, residents who live in Area 3 (Hamilton Township including Port Hope) will have their green waste collected during the week of April 17th. Residents who live in Area 4 (Trent Hills and most of Cramahe and Brighton Townships) will have their green waste collected during the week of April 25th. Residents who live in other areas will have their collection weeks in May.
Green waste is not collected on your regular garbage and recycling day. Instead, put your green waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week and it will be collected sometime during that week.
Green waste must be put in paper bags and brush must be tied in small bundles. There is no limit on the number of bags or bundles you can put out for collection, but each bag or bundle must weigh less than 18 kg (40 lbs). Materials placed in plastic bags will not be collected, and garbage, litter, pet waste or soil is not accepted.
For more information and to check your collection week, visit www.northumberlandcounty.ca.
City of Kawartha Lakes
If you live in the City of Kawartha Lakes, there isn’t regular curb-side collection of green waste. Instead, there are two dates in late spring when the city will collect green waste.
This spring’s dates are Friday, June 2nd (if your regular collection day is Tuesday or Thursday) and Friday, June 16th (if your regular collection day is Tuesday or Thursday). All leaf and yard waste must be set out in paper bags or neatly bundled, and plastic bags are not allowed. Grass clippings, sod, and soil will not be collected.
If you don’t want to wait until June, or if you have green waste that isn’t allowed at curbside collection, you can take it to a city waste management facility (landfill) yourself. For more information about landfill locations and hours, visit www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca
Hastings and Haliburton Counties
While there is no county-wide collection of green waste in Hastings and Haliburton Counties, some municipalities may provide curbside collection while others may require you to take green waste to a landfill.
Contact your municipality to find out what services are available, if any, and collection dates.