Too bad we have to store the leaves by the side of the house until next week's collection.
Yes. In their infinite wisdom, the city has reduced the number of garden waste pickups. Instead of having a weekly pickup in the autumn, it is still held at every two weeks. Even in our tiny postage stamp garden, we always have leaves galore. I can't even imagine what it must be like for the giant gardens on the other side of the tracks.
Just great. We missed last week's pickup.
And of course, we missed SEVERAL pickups in the spring when the outdoor workers were on strike. Once the strike was resolved, garden waste pickup didn't kick in immediately because of the massive amount of cleanup required.
We FINALLY set our spring garden waste (that wouldn't fit into our own composter) out on the curbside in August. The brilliant (cough) collectors TOOK AWAY our container as well as the garden waste.
I simply refuse to buy a new garden waste container. But I thought I should double-check to see if they've changed the rules about what containers are allowed. Here's what I found:
We had a smallish rigid container that was holding bird seed in the basement. Just in case there might have been confusion about whether we thought the other container was garbage and should have been taken away, I put our address in felt pen all over the "new" container, as well asCity of Toronto: Garbage and Recycling FAQ wrote:What kind of containers can I use for my leaf and yard waste material?
You can use either rigid, open-topped containers (a reusable container, without a lid, such as an extra garbage can, bushel baskets, or a yard waste container (green box) (PDF) available from the City for $6 or kraft paper bags to put your yard waste out for curbside collection.
City of Toronto: Garbage and Recycling FAQ
Do you think that's too subtle? (I wonder if the garden waste collectors can read....)
Now where are we going to store the birdseed???