Do grass clippings fill up your garbage cart every summer? Composting your yard waste is a great way to drastically reduce the amount of garbage your household puts at the curb.
The City of Lethbridge yard waste sites reopen for the season on Monday, April 1 for drop-off and recycling of compostable yard waste.
Yard waste sites are conveniently located beside our three recycling stations:
- Bridge Drive West Recycling Station (at the junction of Bridge Dr. and University Dr. W. – enter from Bridge Drive)
- North Side Recycling Station (at the junction of Stafford Dr. N. and Scenic Dr. N)
- South Side Recycling Station (located on 28 Ave. S. adjacent to the Lethbridge Soccer Complex)
Yard waste sites offer a convenient and environmentally-responsible option for composting household grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, and branches up to eight inches in diameter. The sites are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., including holidays, until the end of November and are available for use by Lethbridge residents free of charge.
Bagging yard waste helps contain the materials. Paper yard waste bags do not have to be de-bagged, but all materials in plastic bags must be emptied out on-site by the user.
Yard waste may also be taken to the Waste & Recycling Centre year-round for composting, with no disposal fees charged to city residents on Saturdays for the first 250 kg. Disposal fees apply on weekdays.
In 2018, more than 55,000 customer visits were recorded at the sites, diverting 1.71 million kilograms of yard waste from the landfill. Branches are chipped on-site and green waste is taken to the Waste and Recycling Centre to be composted. The nutrient-rich compost and mulch created from residential yard waste is used in public spaces for bedding and landscape material.
Residents may also choose to manage yard waste at home by mulching grass clippings and leaves back onto their lawn or putting grass, leaves and small twigs into a backyard composter.
For more information on yard waste and other waste services offered by the City of Lethbridge, call 311 or visit www.lethbridge.ca/wrs.
Kim Schaaf, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge