Councillor Fletcher hosting compost days this weekend

Free Community Compost at east-end locations April 22 and 23

Nutrient-rich compost to help your plants grow is available on Saturday and Sunday. (Madiha Karim and Nimrah Khan/Toronto Observer)  

Toronto-Danforth councillor Paula Fletcher is hosting free Community Compost Days at several locations in the east end this weekend.

“I’m happy to provide free garden compost to residents of Toronto-Danforth,” said Fletcher , who started holding community compost days more than a decade ago.

Compost will be dropped at several locations for residents to pick up.

On Saturday, April 22, compost can be found at:

  • Phin Park, 7 a.m.
  • Monarch Park, 8 a.m.
  • Kempton Howard Park, 9 a.m. 
  • Riverdale Park, 11 a.m.

On Sunday, April 23, compost can be picked up at

  • Greenwood Park, 7 a.m.
  • Wilkinson Public School, 8 a.m. 

Compost will also be available later this spring at the following locations:

  • Community Environment Day at Dieppe Park, May 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Withrow Park, June 3, at 7 a.m.
  • East York Civic Centre, June 20 at 9 a.m.

Those who will attending the compost, are reminded to bring their own shovel, bags, and buckets.

“My Community Compost Days have become popular with residents and take place in conjunction with Earth Day 2023 and a number of community clean-up initiatives,” Fletcher said.

Where does this compost come from?

Toronto’s green bin program helps to collect organics from about 460,000 houses, as well as most apartment and condo buildings, schools and city-owned buildings.

Once organics are collected they are sent to a transfer station and then to an organics processing facility that separates the non-organic material using a press machine.

The remaining material is then sent to anaerobic digesters that break down the material to produce digester solids and biogas. The City is currently working to harness the green energy potential of biogas by upgrading it to renewable natural gas.

The City delivers the anaerobic digester waste to contractors to converted these into high-quality compost that is them deliver During Community Environment Days such as the Community Compost Day by Paula Fletcher.

Why is important to compost?

Most of the food that is wasted globally ends up in landfills, where it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Composting or “Black Gold” as many farmers called it, transform decompose organic waste into a valuable soil for plant, fruits and veggies to thrive .

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Posted: Apr 21 2023 6:30 pm
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