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Composting

The Township offers composters at cost, available at the Township Office.
Putting garden and kitchen material in a compost bin removes these materials from curbside waste collection and saves landfill space. Approximately 30% of household waste in Ontario is consists of yard material or food waste that is compostable.  Composting reduces greenhouse gases that are produced when organic material decomposes in a landfill without oxygen.
Composting is nature's way of recycling. Compost returns nutrients and organic matter to the soil and can reduce, if not eliminate, the need for chemical fertilizers your garden. Composting is about maintaining a good mix of 'greens', and 'browns'. Always cover or mix 'greens', especially food wastes, with a layer of 'browns'. If you don't have a supply of dry leaves, soil or compost can be used to cover 'greens'. A good technique is to build your compost pile in layers of 'greens' and 'browns' so you won't need to mix and turn the pile.
Compostable material is split into two categories:
"Greens" - Nitrogen Rich Materials

  • Kitchen scraps including vegetables and fruit scraps, crushed egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds with filters and paper towels
  • Garden and yard materials
  • Grass clippings - or leave this natural fertilizer on the lawn

"Browns" - Carbon Rich Materials

  • Dry leaves
  • Bread, pasta and rice
  • Sawdust and shavings
  • Finely ground wood chips
  • Well shredded paper
  • Shredded egg cartons and cardboard

 
Items that cannot go into the Composter:

  • Pet manure or litter
  • Weeds that have gone to seed
  • Any diseased plants
  • Meat, fish, fowl or the bones
  • Fats or oils: e.g. dairy products, eggs, peanut butter, spreads (these materials breakdown more slowly than plant material and may attract pests or cause odours)
  • Ash, sawdust or shavings from chemically treated or painted wood