For Immediate Release
January 18, 2001

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


(Brampton) - With the coming of spring, the Region of Peel will be kicking off its leaf and yard waste collection program. Regional Council today passed a resolution which will change the collection of leaf and yard waste in Peel. Beginning in April 2001, plastic bags will no longer be accepted for yard waste collection in the Region of Peel. Residents are encouraged to place leaf and yard waste at the curb in open, rigid containers, open paper bags, and bushel baskets.

"Plastic bags become a contaminant during the processing of our leaf and yard waste," says Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel. "The benefits of removing plastic bags from yard waste collection include 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.

Regional staff will work with paper bag manufacturers to ensure that the paper bags for leaf and yard waste collection will be available in grocery stores and hardware stores throughout the Region. Yard waste bags, which are made from two layers of weather-resistant paper, are biodegradable and compostable and hold approximately 14 kilograms or 30 pounds of yard waste.

The Region will begin a comprehensive communication plan to educate and inform residents about the change to yard waste collection. The communication plan will include a letter to residents as well as "Yard Waste Container" stickers to place on open, rigid containers filled with leaf and yard material to notify collections workers of the container contents.


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Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
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