Turns out those green bins are actually pretty handy after all.
The City of Calgary is inviting residents to pick up free compost for their lawns and gardens this spring, starting this Saturday, May 5.
The nutrient-rich compost has been created out of the food and yard waste put into the green bins throughout the past year, and anyone looking to take the city up on their offer will be able to drive away with up to 100 litres of compost per vehicle.
“Calgarians are doing a great job composting,” said Laura Hamilton, Waste Diversion Specialist with Waste & Recycling Services, in a release.
“We are thrilled to invite residents to pick up the free compost they helped produce by using their green carts at home.”
The giveaway dates will be on Saturdays May 5, 12, 19, and 26 between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm.
Residents are expected to load the compost into the vehicles themselves and will need to bring the proper equipment (shovels, gloves, containers, and tarps) to get the job done.
The release from the city notes that all loads must be secured and covered before you will be allowed to leave with the compost, and that any vehicles lining up any sooner than five minutes before opening will be turned away.
When: Saturdays May 5, 12, 19, and 26
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Calgary Composting Facility – 12111 68th Street SE, Calgary