Hamilton is no longer accepting leaf and yard waste, including grass clippings, in green garbage bins.
Starting April 1, the city is asking residents to dispose of all leaf and yard waste in brown paper yard waste bags or open top rigid reusable containers marked with a free yard waste sticker.
According to Hamilton’s guidelines, green bins should only be used for food scraps and soiled paper products like napkins and pizza boxes and all materials should be at the curb before 7 a.m. on collection day.
Residents are encouraged to leave grass clippings on their lawns to reduce the amount of grass being picked up at the curb, and provide food and nutrients to worms and grass.
Other tips provided by the city include, drilling holes into the sides and bottom of your open top rigid reusable containers to allow drainage and air circulation and removing the lid before placing out for collection.