Brush collection in Kingston begins across the city next week, with some areas receiving collections on Monday, October 3.
UPDATE – for 2018 brush and leaf collection click here.
Residents can visit ww.cityofkingston/yardwaste to see the collection week for their neighbourhood and are reminded to have brush piled loosely at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of their week.
The city asks that the brush – described as including pruned bits of bushes and trees smaller than 15 cm (six inches) in diameter and shorter than 90 cm (three feet) long – are stacked with the butt ends facing the street.
Brush will not be collected during leaf collection weeks.
Leaf collection will begin on November 7 and collection weeks are likewise posted at www.cityofkingston/yardwaste. Leaves must also be left at curbside by 8 a.m. on the Monday of a leaf collection week.
Only leaves contained in paper (KRAFT) leaf bags – or placed loosely in bushel baskets, garbage cans or other rigid-sided receptacles – will be collected by the city.
Yard waste that includes tomato plants and vegetable garden waste (but not brush) can be left out for pick-up during leaf collection week as well.
Leaves in plastic bags will not be picked up by the City. Plastic bags cannot be composted.
COMPOST YOUR YARD WASTE
The City reminds residents that collected leaves can be used as mulch and grass clippings may be left on the lawn to nourish it over the coming months. Anyone wanting to compost their yard waste can visit www.cityofkingston.ca/composting and backyard composters can be purchased at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC).
Yard waste can be dropped off any time of year at KARC, which is located at 196 Lappan’s Lane and open from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – or at Norterra Organics at 2069 Joyceville Rd., which is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Green Bins are also allowed to have small amounts of yard waste, as long as the top of the Green Bin can be closed on top of the yard waste with nothing sticking out.
Photo: Krissa Corbett Cavouras