Invasive, non-native garlic mustard growing where yard waste has
Photo: S. Pernanen
What should I do with my yard waste?
Much of the smaller yard waste that is created in an average-sized yard can be composted
in one backyard composter (although two would be better if you have the space). The
resulting compost is can be used to add nutrients to your garden or lawn, eliminating or
decreasing the need for artificial fertilizers.
You may be able to purchase a composter from Durham Region at a reduced rate.
They have also produced a number of fact sheets about how to compost properly.
Call 905-579-5264 or 1 800-667-5671 for more information.
Yard Waste Pick-up
Most residences in the CLOCA jurisdiction have curbside yard waste pick-up available.
For example, in 2005, households in Oshawa and Whitby will have biweekly pick-up from
mid-April to mid-December. Durham Region picks up yard waste in Clarington, Ajax,
Pickering and Scugog and these municipalities have varying dates for pick-up.