For Immediate Release
February 9, 2001
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4241
COMPOSTING IN A BACKYARD WINTER WONDERLAND
(Brampton) - Has winter's snow stopped you from composting? Don't let it. Composting works year round, and so does your backyard composter.
"A backyard composter works slower in the winter, but continuing to use it allows you to reduce your garbage year round," says Kevin Mehlenbacher, a Technical Analyst with the Region of Peel.
The Region of Peel offers the following tips to make winter composting easier:
- Fill up a larger collection bin outside your door, or in the garage to reduce the number of trips to your composter.
- Clear a path in the snow to your composter to make it easier to reach.
- Keep your backyard composter warm by locating it in a sunny spot. The warmth helps the compost to continue breaking down.
- Don't turn or mix the compost pile during the winter, as this allows heat to escape.
- Don't worry when the pile begins to freeze. The freezing action breaks down the material, which in turn will speed up composting in the spring.
Backyard composting can significantly reduce the amount of household waste being landfilled. Up to 40 per cent of a household's waste can be composted. In 2000, over 11, 500 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill by Peel residents composting in their backyard.
For more information about backyard composting, or any other waste management program, contact the Region of Peel's WASTELINE at 905-791-9499. Residents in long distance areas of Caledon can call 905-584-2216, free of charge and ask for the WASTELINE, or visit our Web site at www.region.peel.on.caCommunication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail
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