As a result of increased costs, the Township of South Glengarry will not be completing a special pick-up for leaf and yard waste this fall.
This decision was made to reduce costs and help extend the life of South Glengarry’s two landfills by diverting more organic materials from the regular garbage collection. In order to assist residents to dispose of leaf and yard waste, the Township of South Glengarry is promoting a more environmentally-friendly solution to household leaf and yard-waste this Fall. Below is a list of alternatives to help encourage residents to mulch and compost as much as possible to reduce the volume of leaves and other yard-waste materials.
For grass clippings, consider “grass-cycling” and leave clippings on the lawn. Cut grass will quickly break-down and add important nutrients back to the lawn over the winter months. For piles of leaves, try a completely bag-free method by using a “mulch” setting on the lawn mower to mow leaves into the grass. This will create a nutrient-rich mixture that can help feed the lawn come spring. Leaves are also great for backyard composters by providing beneficial nitrogen that helps to break down compost.
Seasonal decorations like pumpkins or fall flowers can be placed directly into the garden before the snowfall for an over winter composting treat. Small sticks or branches can be burned in a small open-air fire providing residents have obtained a free burn permit. Burn permits can be easily obtained online at sg.burnpermits.com or at the Township office on 6 Oak Street, Lancaster.
Before starting an open-air fire, you must have a permit. When starting a fire, call before you burn and always check the conditions on the website or by calling 613-703-5015. These alternatives do not include construction/demolition waste or agricultural burn piles.
If none of these alternatives is practicable, residents can also dispose of any yard waste at the Beaver Brook Landfill Site until May 31, on Tuesdays and Saturdays only, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note: cars and trucks must be registered with a pass, which can be bought at the municipal office or at the landfill site at 19281 Beaver Brook Road for a one-time fee during opening hours.
“The Township of South Glengarry’s collections calendar is a great source for residences to see when special collections have been planned for August 2019 - July 2020 and provides the community with helpful tips to reduce landfill waste and choose more earth-friendly alternatives,” says General Manager of Infrastructure Services, Ewen MacDonald.