Tips for Fall Leaves and Pumpkin Disposal
What do to with "Jack" when Halloween is over?
1. Recycle Jack in your existing Green Cart
2. Have Jack for dinner - consider pureeing and freezing the pumpkin for baking or cooking as long as it's within the first 48 hours of carving. Visit epicurious (search pumpkin) or Pumpkin Nook for recipes.
3. Compost Jack in home compost bins - worms like Jack finely chopped and mixed with yard trimmings in backyard compost bin or in a porch/balcony vermicompost bin; the worms will help create a nutrient-rich compost.
4. Return Jack to his roots - dig a trench in your vegetable or flower garden. Shred Jack and disperse and cover with soil. Jack will compost and break down and leave nutrients into the soil.
Tips for proper disposal of fall leaves and trimmings
- Compost leaves and yard trimmings in backyard compost bins. Bins are available for purchase from the City for $25 at the City's Recycling Depot.
- Recycle leaves and trimmings in your existing Green Cart or paper yard waste bags.
- Drop-off leaves and trimmings at Richmond Recycling Depot or Ecowaste Industries.
Tips to prevent localized flooding
During the fall season, trees drop their leaves and our neighbourhood becomes draped in a colourful carpet of foliage. Unfortunately, leaves can accumulate around road drains (storm grates) and block rain water from draining. This can lead to localized flooding. Here's how you can help:
- Please do not rake leaves from your property or boulevard onto the sidewalk or street. Put leaves in your existing Green Cart or drop-off at Richmond Recycling Depot.
- Remove leaves and other debris away from the road drains/storm sewer grates to keep a clear path for water to drain.