For Immediate Release
April 6, 2001

Mitch Zamojc
Public Works
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4395


(Brampton) - The Region of Peel will continue to collect yard waste placed at the curb in clear plastic bags until June 29, 2001. The grace period has been initiated in order to allow residents time to adjust to the plastic bag ban, purchase paper yard waste bags and use up their clear plastic bags.

"We want to ensure that the paper yard waste bags are widely available for residents and that they have the opportunity to go and purchase them if they choose to," says Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel. "Although we will be picking up clear plastic bags, we're still encouraging residents to use paper yard waste bags, open, rigid containers and bushel baskets for their yard waste before June 29."

The decision to ban plastic bags for the collection of yard waste was made in January of this year. All Peel residents have received a package in the mail containing a yard waste sticker to place on yard waste containers as well as a coupon for one free paper yard waste bag.

"Plastic bags become a contaminant during the processing of our leaf and yard waste," says Zamojc. "The benefits of removing plastic bags from yard waste collection include a cost savings for processing, as well as a reduction in plastics in the compost and, therefore, improved compost quality."

In 2000, the Region of Peel collected an estimated 24,000 tonnes of leaf and yard waste from the curb. After collection, the leaf and yard waste is transferred to a facility which processes the material into compost.

For more information, residents can call the WASTELINE at 905-791-9499. Long distance residents in Caledon can call 905-584-2216 and ask for the WASTELINE, or visit the Region's Web site at

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail

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