For Immediate Release
May 3, 2000
Waste Program Planning
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4467
PEEL STUDENTS GROW GARDENS GREEN DURING
COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK
(Brampton) -Schools across Peel will participate in a Gardening Challenge marking Compost Awareness Week in the Region of Peel this week.
"It's a creative school project that educates students about the benefits of composting and the end uses of finished compost," said Melanie Kawalec, Manager of Waste Program Planning with the Region of Peel.
The Gardening Challenge encourages students to start a school garden or enhance an existing garden. Schools that do not have local gardens are asked to create a colourful drawing of what their ideal garden would look like and include details such as what seeds they would plant, and how they would care for the garden.
Winners of the Gardening Challenge will receive one tonne of garden compost to enhance their garden or to start their own school garden. Entries must be submitted by Friday, May 12.
Schools interested in participating can contact Michelle McCormick, Technical Analyst in Waste Management at 905-791-7800, Ext. 4478.
For residents composting at home, the Region of Peel recommends these useful tips:
- Turn the material using a pitchfork or shovel and add a few shovels of earth from the garden.
- Turn the compost about once every three weeks. Turning it more often cools the compost and slows down the decomposition process.
- Make sure food and yard material is slightly damp because material will not break down if too dry.
- Layer composter with kitchen waste such as fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds and tea bags, and yard waste such as soil, leaves, wood chips or straw.
- Dairy products, sauces, meat and bones should never be put in the composter.
"By composting, schools and residents not only get a free natural soil conditioner, they reduce the amount of waste generated at the curb and the amount that is trucked to Regional landfills," Kawalec said.
For more information on this or any other waste management program, please call the Region's WASTELINE at 905-791-9499. Residents in long distance areas of Caledon can call free of charge at 905-584-2216 and ask for the WASTELINE.
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