A variety of articles some topical and some with a mild political flavour. Feel free to comment on any.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
On Composting in Squamish and Garden Waste Disposal
compost is undesirable. The resin in the cedar makes it smell nice, gives it
resistance to decay, repels some insects (particularly fleas and moths), and
has some allelopathic properties, not just to plants, but to the microbes in
your compost heap. So far better to use deciduous leaves as the main
ingredient. No good gardener will put cedar waste in their composters as a
preference...I never do!
Regarding Waste disposal collection by the District of Squamish: It is all down to good habits really. We never have anything with any odour in our bins until an hour before pick-up. We compost correctly and freeze any smelly kitchen waste until the day of pick-up. We have never had the the contents of our totes or compost bins pulled out and spread over our lot. We have had a couple of empty ones knocked over by a curious bear several years ago. All recyclable food containers MUST be washed.
As for the schedule for Garden Waste pick-up: Here is a pretty good run-down.....March/April are high season for clean-up in the garden. It tails off in May. June/July..not much...maybe some grass clippings. October/November...Leaves, leaves. I suggest that June and July be Bi-weekly and all the rest including March to the end of November be Weekly....Result no extra cost to home owners. The District should have extended the garden Waste pick-up to Dec 1st.