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Grass-cycle, use yard waste to keep lawn and garden healthy

May 16, 2016 -

Avoid putting grass clippings and  yard waste in your green bin. Feed it to your garden. Instead, recycle those nutrients back into your lawn and garden by grass-cycling and using a backyard composter.

"Grass clippings and other yard waste is not garbage. They contain valuable nutrients that can be recycled back into your lawn and gardens to enhance the health and beauty of your yard. The most economical and environmental method to dispose of grass clippings and yard waste is to leave grass clippings on your lawn and use a backyard composter. Placing grass clippings and yard waste in the green bin is a costly and emissions emitting method to both transport and process these organics back into compost.  Keep them close to home and invest the nutrients back into your yard," says Heather Roberts, manager of solid waste.

The green bin program is designed to capture household food waste and scraps that would not easily decompose in a backyard composter because they require rigorous processing to be turned into compost.

The City of Kingston and Utilities Kingston are encouraging residents to put their yard waste to work in their gardens for these sustainability-related reasons:

  • Grass-cycling – leaving grass-clippings on your lawn – and using yard waste as mulch helps keep your lawn and garden moist and reduces the need for watering.  Watering less conserves treated water and saves energy.
  • It costs approximately $90 a tonne to process organic waste collected from the green bin program, but just $35 a tonne to process yard waste brought to the Kingston Area Recycling Centre.  Yard waste used as mulch or composted, instead of being put in the green bin, saves taxpayer dollars.
  • Using a backyard composter turns your yard and food waste into valuable compost for use in your garden.

Interested in grass-cycling, mulching and other water-wise gardening tips?

Visit the Utilities Kingston water conservation webpage: http://www.utilitieskingston.com/Water/Conservation/MakeEveryRainDropCount

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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