The Dos and Don’ts of Yard Waste Removal

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When it comes to beautifying our outdoor spaces, “Yard Waste Removal” isn’t usually the first phrase that springs to mind. Yet, as any seasoned gardener will tell you, effective waste management is as crucial as choosing the right plants or tools. The blooms and lush grass might steal the spotlight, but the unsung hero of a pristine garden lies in knowing what to do with the trimmings, clippings, and other debris. As we dive into the dos and don’ts of this essential gardening chore, you’ll gain a renewed appreciation for the art of yard waste removal and its role in keeping our green spaces, well, green!

Dos of Yard Waste Removal

1. Sort Waste Appropriately

While our backyards can sometimes resemble nature’s treasure trove, not everything we uncover belongs to the same category.

  • Biodegradable: These are the organic waste materials that decompose over time. We’re talking about the usual suspects:
    • Grass clippings that result from those Sunday lawn mowing sessions.
    • Those twigs that missed the memo on staying attached to trees.
    • The leaves that decided to go solo and part from their branches.
  • Non-biodegradable: The intruders in our natural settings. Materials that don’t break down and can harm our environment.
    • Plastics, like the forgotten soda can from last summer’s BBQ.
    • Metals, including rogue bottle caps and foil wrappers.
    • Other non-organic materials like glass or rubber.

Having dedicated bins for each type ensures we’re contributing positively to our environment. Because, let’s be real, organic waste can turn into nutrient-rich compost, while those soda cans? Not so much.

2. Utilize Composting

Think of composting as nature’s recycling system. Turn those organic wastes into something valuable!

  • Mother Earth’s thank you card: When you compost, you’re producing a dark, crumbly, soil-like substance that plants adore. It’s:
    • Packed with nutrients essential for plant growth.
    • A natural soil conditioner that improves its structure and health.
  • Getting Started:
    • Set aside a designated composting area in your backyard.
    • Combine green wastes like veggie scraps with brown ones like dry leaves.
    • Turn the compost occasionally and let nature do its magic.

3. Rent the Appropriate Bin Size

It’s like picking the perfect outfit — it needs to fit the occasion!

  • Just Right: You don’t wear a winter coat in July, right? Similarly, choose a bin size that matches your waste amount.

    • Small garden cleanup? Maybe the 4.5 Yard is your fit.
    • Tackling a forested backyard? The 20 Yarder is ready for action.
  • Choices Galore: At Ace Trashbusters, we believe in options, from manageable bins for weekend warriors to industrial sizes for the pros.

4. Be Aware of Local Regulations

Different strokes for different folks — and the same goes for municipal yard waste rules.

  • Stay in the Know: Before you embark on your waste removal journey, research:
    • What types of yard waste your municipality collects.
    • Collection schedules to keep your curbside free from clutter.
  • Save that Loonie: Those funds are better spent on a celebratory post-cleanup treat, not fines. Brush up on local by-laws to keep your pockets and conscience clear.

5. Practice Safe Waste Handling

Safety first! Navigating through a pile of yard waste has its challenges.

  • Dress the Part:

    • Gloves: Protect those hands from cuts, scrapes, and any unseen critters.
    • Sturdy footwear: Those flip-flops might be comfy but won’t save you from a rogue nail.
  • Lift with Care: We’re all for flexing those muscles, but let’s do it right:

    • Bend your knees.
    • Keep the load close to your body.
    • Lift by powering through your legs and hips, not your back. And if it’s too hefty, get a buddy to help out! Two is always better than one.

Don’ts of Yard Waste Removal

1. Avoid Burning Yard Waste

While the allure of a bonfire on a chilly evening can be tempting, burning your yard waste often brings more cons than pros:

  • Smoke Signals: That thick, grey cloud billowing from your yard? It releases harmful pollutants into the air, affecting air quality.
    • Besides the environmental toll, it’s a surefire way to cloud your relationship with neighbours who might not appreciate the smog or the odour.
  • Legality Check: Before you strike that match, remember:
    • Many municipalities have clear rules against open burning.
    • Breaching them could not only harm Mother Nature but also lighten your wallet with fines.

2. Don’t Mix Hazardous Waste

Just as you wouldn’t mix oil and water, some waste types should never mingle:

  • Toxic Tourists: Items like chemicals, pesticides, and certain potent fertilizers shouldn’t cozy up with your garden trimmings.
    • They can harm the environment and pose health risks when combined with organic waste.
  • Special Handling: Don’t play the guessing game.
    • Most municipalities regularly schedule special collection days for these harmful substances.
    • Keeping them separate ensures they get the specific treatment they require.

3. Avoid Overfilling Bins

It’s like that suitcase you jump on to zip up – it might work, but it’s a risk:

  • Space Invaders: A bin bulging at the sides is a safety hazard waiting to happen.
    • It can spill, causing a mess and attracting unwanted critters.
  • Efficient Packing: Think of it as yard waste Tetris.
    • Breaking down branches, compacting softer waste, and placing heavier items at the bottom can make all the difference.

4. Don’t Dispose of Excessive Liquid Waste

Mixing liquids with yard waste is as out of place as putting ketchup on your favourite butter tart:

  • Sloshy Situations:
    • Liquids can weaken the structure of bins, leading to potential leaks.
    • Once mixed, the entire bin’s contents can be deemed non-recyclable.
  • Special Disposals: Like that special place you save for your hockey gear, liquids have their own spot.
    • Many communities offer designated drop-off spots or pick-ups for liquid waste.

5. Avoid Procrastinating on Waste Removal

While postponing that daunting chore feels good in the moment, delaying yard waste removal? It can backfire:

  • Decay Delays: Letting waste linger can:
    • Become a beacon for pests like raccoons or rodents.
    • Speed up decay, leading to unpleasant odours and potential health risks.
  • Set a Date: Like marking your calendar for the next big hockey game, schedule regular waste pickups.
    • Ace Trashbusters is always at the ready to ensure your yard remains pristine and waste-free.


Keeping Canada Green and Clean

Tending to your garden or yard isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about nurturing a piece of the environment. With every prune, trim, or mow, you’re also creating waste that needs proper disposal. While this may seem like a mundane task, the way we handle this waste has ripple effects on our environment and communities.

Enter the expertise of Ace Trashbusters. Think of us as your green guardians, ensuring your yard waste is dealt with in the most eco-friendly and efficient manner. By following the dos and don’ts outlined above, you’re not only keeping your yard spick and span, but you’re also contributing to a greener Canada. Every leaf properly disposed of, every chemical kept away from the organic waste, is a step towards a more sustainable future.

And, if ever in doubt or seeking the best waste management solutions, remember that Ace Trashbusters is just a call or click away. Together, we can ensure that our love for gardening leaves only beauty behind and not waste.

So, fellow Canadians, as you immerse yourself in the joys of gardening, and find yourself surrounded by trimmings and clippings, fret not. You now have the roadmap to responsible waste management.

For all your waste management needs or to learn more about how we can assist, visit our website or give us a shout at 519-439-1416. Let’s keep our gardens beautiful and our Canada clean! 🍁