Fish Bones, Apple Cores and Banana Peels Grow Fresh Flowers
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 30, 2010) – Everyday the Region of Peel collects green bin waste from thousands of households in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. The collected material (e.g. fish bones, apple cores, banana peels and more) is given new life as the Region processes it into compost that can be used on lawns and gardens as a soil amendment to improve plant growth.
Last year the Region collected approximately 33,000 tonnes of green bin organic waste; enough to fill more than 4,000 garbage trucks!
Green bin material is used to produce compost that is sold to landscape companies and Peel residents for use on their lawns and gardens. Some compost is also being used in a pilot project on corn crops and in other agricultural applications.
This year the Region was recognized by the Solid Waste Association of North America as having the third best compost program in North America.
“Participating in the organics recycling program offers many benefits to residents and to our environment,” says Norman Lee, Director of Waste Management at the Region of Peel. “Organics recycling keeps food waste from decomposing in landfill and releasing methane; helps residents meet the Region’s two bag garbage limit; and is turned into compost, which is a great soil amendment for lawns and gardens.”
Only food waste and soiled paper products are accepted in the Region’s organics recycling program. Items such as non-compostable plastic bags, diapers, pet waste and glass are not permitted because they contaminate the finished compost.
“Recently we’ve seen an increase in the amount of non-accepted items, such as glass and non-compostable plastic bags, turning up at our compost curing facility,” says Lee. “Unfortunately, these contaminants reduce the quality of the finished compost so we urge residents to place only acceptable organic waste in their green bins.”
Residents who are unsure of how to dispose of their waste, including green bin material, can refer to their Waste Management Guide or wheredoesitgo.ca
The Region of Peel provides waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and in the Town of Caledon. For more information on these programs call the Region of Peel at 905-791-9499 or in long-distance areas of Caledon call 905-584-2216, free of charge. Visit peelregion.ca/waste.