Regional compost give away to take place again - starts May 9.

News 100 greenBy Staff

April 30th, 2016


Some days it feels like there might be some snow coming our way. It is certainly confusing – is it spring or isn’t it. This confusion isn’t something that just happened – it is something we have let happen with the way we have treated this planet.

Our behaviour is changing – slowly.

The Regional government has set up programs that allow us to change the way we handle waste. They are committed to diverting waste from the landfill sites and working towards becoming more sustainable than we have been.

Composting - best way to get a garden to really produce - and this time it is free.

Composting – best way to get a garden to really produce – and it is free.

As part of this commitment the Region will once again offer its popular spring waste events. The Region offers these services to help divert waste from Halton’s landfill by making it easy for residents to properly dispose of waste, helping Halton become a more sustainable place to live.

“Regional Council is committed to protecting and enhancing our rich, natural environment by continuing to work with residents to increase the Region’s waste diversion rate,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Our spring events not only provide residents with an opportunity to properly dispose of waste, but gives residents an opportunity to give back to the community.”

This year’s spring waste events include:

Spring Compost Giveaway
Residents can stop by the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS), located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton, to pick up high-quality compost free of charge. Residents are reminded to bring their own bags or containers (maximum seven garbage bags or equivalent per household) and a shovel in order to bag their compost.

If you ever wondered how that compost is prepared – take a peek at the short video – the Region has done some useful educational work.  Click here for that video.

Hours of operation are:
Monday, May 9 – Saturday, May 14; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 15, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Last year’s Compost Giveaway events, 4,400 residents picked up approximately 2,000 tonnes of compost. Residents also donated $9,784 and close to 4,500 kilograms of food to local food banks as part of the event.

Special Waste Drop-off
To make the recycling of household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient for residents, Halton Region hosts several Special Waste Drop-off Days through the year, free of charge. The first event for 2016 will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Robert C. Austin Operations Centre in Georgetown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are invited to drop off acceptable items, including pesticides, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, propane tanks, computers, stereos, TVs and DVD players. This event is for Halton residents only. No commercial waste will be accepted. For more information and a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable hazardous items, visit

If you need more information visit or dial 311.

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