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Free compost now available

Compost is now available to all residents at no charge at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility.
Thunder Bay City Hall 2021
Thunder Bay city hall, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – Weather permitting, compost is now available to all residents at no charge at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility while quantities last.
Access to the compost pick-up area is on John Street Road, between Mapleward Road and Gratton Road. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A maximum of three vehicles are permitted inside the loading area at one time. Residents are also reminded to practise physical distancing in the compost area and not to visit the site if not feeling well.
“Our compost is ready a little early this year,” said Jason Sherband, Manager – Solid Waste and Recycling Services. “It’s just in time for people tending their lawns and planting their flower gardens. The compost is composed of leaf and yard waste that’s picked up during our curbside collection programs, which is blended with organic waste collected on-site. It’s great for landscaping, but not suitable for vegetable gardens.”
Residents who are also bringing garbage, recycling and/or hazardous household waste to dispose of at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road are reminded to drop these items off first, before visiting the special compost pick-up area.
Residents are advised to bring a shovel and some bags or containers to carry compost home. Quantities are limited to a maximum of one half-ton load per resident.
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