Garbage is a curb-side service that is provided for residents of Shawville every Tuesday, with a three bag limit per household. It is reminded to residents that all garbage must be placed within a garbage can, to deter pests from tearing the garbage bags open. Loose Garbage Notice
Recycling is a curb-side service picked up every second Wednesday. All recyclable items must be placed in a clear plastic bag. There is no limit to recyclable items.
For Larger or Additional Items
For larger or additional items you can contact Tom Orr Cartage, who is responsible for and operates the land transfer station and accepts additional garbage and large items based on a fee based system.
Detailed information, pricing and hours can be located here:
Consider composting as an alternative to reduce your garbage.
Reduce your garbage output: compost
Think of all the vegetable trimmings, fruit scraps, coffee grounds and egg shells that your household generates each week.
That’s not garbage: that’s free nutrient-rich food for your garden and plants. Composting this material cuts down on weeds, reduces the need for extra watering and provides a healthy playground for helpful earthworms.
Good for the planet – Composting converts a large portion of your household waste into hearty soil. This by-product of natural recycling will help your garden grow instead of emitting greenhouse gases and taking up real estate a landfill.
Good for your wallet– You could pay for the same stuff at a garden centre every year but homemade compost is absolutely free (once you have the composter).
Great for your plants – If they could talk, they would thank you for feeding them nutritious compost.
The science is easy: expose your kitchen scraps to air and bacteria and fungi go to work on it, breaking down the organic material into simpler substances. After two to three months, your dinner discards have been converted into a dark, earthy, soil-like substance that smells fresh not foul.
How to compost
First, assemble your composting area. You’ll need:
- About three square feet of space in your backyard where the composter won’t be disturbed.
- A composter (home-made or bought at a home building supply, garden centre or eco-supply retailer).
- A tool to stir the compost (a pitchfork works well).
- A sealable container to collect ingredients for compost in your kitchen.
Second, collect the right composting materials:
Good – Beautiful Browns are dry, carbon-rich organic materials which include dry leaves, straw/hay, wood chips, sawdust, napkins, dryer lint, and vacuum cleanings. Gorgeous Greens are fresh, moist, nitrogen-rich materials which include grass cuttings, fruit and vegetable peelings/scraps, tea bags, pasta, coffee grounds, stale bread and eggshells.
Third, keep the compost healthy by adding oxygen and maintaining the right level of moisture:
Maintain a mix of the Beautiful Browns and Gorgeous Greens to create the right nitrogen/carbon balance in your composter.
Keep the compost moist like a wrung out sponge, but not soggy.
Turn the contents of your heap with a pitchfork or shovel to work air into the compost pile. Do this at least twice a month to help break down the contents and prevent odour.
Using the ultimate garden food
- Compost is great for your garden’s soil, improving its fertility, structure, aeration, and ability to hold moisture. Compost has several indoor and outdoor uses:
- Mix compost into the top six inches of garden soil and use it around trees, shrubs, vegetables and flowers.
- Use as a nutritious ingredient (about one third compost by volume) in potting and transplant mixes.
Spread screened compost over lawns. It’s best used after aerating the surface.
The composting process works best when the materials are small. Shred weeds and trimmings.
Don’t add thick layers of any one kind of waste. Grass should not be more than 6 cm deep, leaves up to 15 cm deep (cut or chop or dry and crumble them). If you can, let grass dry first or mix it with dry, coarse material such as leaves to prevent compacting.
You can add materials to your composter all winter long. The breakdown process slows down or stops when the pile is frozen, but it will start up again in the spring. Thorough turning in the spring will reactivate the pile. Empty the composter in the fall to make plenty of room.
If you’re short on space, try vermicomposting indoors. Or ask if you can contribute to a neighbour’s compost heap. In exchange, you agree to turn the contents on alternate weekends and share in the proceeds.
•If you don’t have a garden, donate your finished compost to schools and other community groups for use in their landscaping
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