April 29, 2009

York Region hosts Compost Awareness Week seminars and sale

Residents invited to attend free seminars and purchase discount backyard composters
NEWMARKET – To kick-off Compost Awareness Week, The Regional Municipality of York is hosting a composting seminar and sale event this Saturday, May 2nd at the York Region Waste Management Centre in the Town of East Gwillimbury.
Compost Awareness Week is led by the Composting Council of Canada between Sunday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 9th and aims to raise awareness of the important role of composting in diversion of waste from landfill.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents are invited to visit the York Region Waste Management Centre at  100 Garfield Wright Boulevard to take part in one of three one-hour composting seminars hosted by Master Composter Robin Tench.  Space is limited, so please register in advance by calling 905 895-1200, ext. 5089.
Seminars are available from:
• 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents are also invited to attend the event to purchase a backyard composter for the special price of $10 (cash only).  A limited quantity is available, so get them while you can.  Limit two per household.
Shredded paper in clear plastic bags can also be dropped off for recycling at the event.
Compostable materials make up approximately 40 per cent of household waste.  Composting with a backyard composter and participating in York Region’s Green Bin program greatly reduces the amount of waste a family produces.  By using a backyard composter, you can also benefit from the creation of  
nutrient-rich material for your gardens, which enhances plant growth and retains soil moisture.  More than 73,000 backyard composters are at use in York Region with approximately 850 purchased each year. 
York Region recommends backyard composting in addition to participation in the Green Bin program.  York Region processed 86,000 tonnes of Green Bin material in 2008, diverting more than 2,800 trucks of organic waste from landfill.  The Region was recently recognized by Waste Diversion Ontario for having the No. 1 ranking among large urban Ontario municipalities for our diversion rate of 45.7 per cent in 2007. 
York Region remains committed to achieving a 65 per cent diversion rate by the end of 2010.
For more information on York Region waste management programs and services, please visit www.york.ca/waste
For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Kim MacGillivray, Communications Specialist, York Region
                                               Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
                                               Email:  kim.macgillivray@york.ca

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