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City to sell $20 backyard composters this Saturday

May 24, 2016 -

This Saturday, May 28, the City of Kingston will be offering backyard composters for sale for just $20 – that's half the price the City usually charges!

Pick one up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – or while supplies last – at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre at 196 Lappan's Lane.

"We are happy we can make this great one-day sale offer to encourage more Kingstonians to try backyard composting. It's a great way to divert certain organic wastes right at home!  Many organic wastes decompose easily and don't require the rigorous processing that happens to organics in the green bin program. Keep these organics close to home with a backyard composter and re-invest the nutrients from the compost into your yard. Why buy compost when you can make your own?" says Heather Roberts, manager, solid waste.

She notes that it costs $90 a tonne for the City to process organic waste collected in the green bin, so backyard composting can also save municipal dollars –  and saves the greenhouse gas emissions that would be created from the collection vehicles to transport the organics.

There are a number of items – like bones, dairy products, fats and oils – that can go in the green bin, but should not go in backyard composter. For details, see www.CityofKingston.ca/Greenbin.

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About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.