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May 8, 2013

City of Winnipeg conducting controlled burns in natural areas

Released: 9:16 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Residents are advised that the City of Winnipeg Public Works Department will be conducting controlled burns at various tall grass prairie remnants and restorations throughout the city. These burns are scheduled to take place between Thursday, May 9 and Friday, June 7, 2013 - weather conditions permitting.

These controlled burns will be conducted in minimal wind conditions with appropriate fire guards in place. Fire plays an important role in the preservation and restoration of prairies. Lack of fire allows weeds to invade these endangered plant communities.

Controlled burns have been safely conducted by the Naturalist Services Branch on Winnipeg’s tall grass prairies since 1986.

For more information contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at

Compost bins on sale at a 'down to earth' price

Released: 11:59 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg’s one-day compost bin sale is Saturday, May 11, 2013. More than 45,000 compost bins have been sold since the first annual one-day sale in 2002.

The Earth Machine compost bins, valued at $100.00 each, will be sold at a reduced price of $30.00 (taxes included). Bins will be available at the following four locations, rain or shine, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (while quantities last):

  • Garden City Shopping Centre, 2305 McPhillips Street, along Kingsbury Avenue, behind Canadian Tire
  • Polo Park Shopping Centre, 1485 Portage Avenue, along St. James Street, across from The Bay
  • Toys R Us, 1560 Regent Avenue W, parking lot adjacent to Regent Avenue
  • St. Vital Centennial Arena, 580 St. Anne’s Road at Meadowood Drive

Major credit cards, debit cards and cheques will be accepted - cheques should be made payable to Norseman Plastics. All sales are final - no refunds.

Composting experts will be at each of the sale locations to answer questions. For information on composting, call the Green Action Centre Composting Info line at 204-925-3777.

Rain barrels (208 litres), valued $120.00 each, will also be available at a reduced price of $50.00 (taxes included).

Each compost bin can prevent up to 100 kilograms of organics from going to the landfill every year. The decomposition of organic waste in landfills produces a gas which is composed primarily of methane, a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. Composting turns kitchen and yard waste into a nutrient-rich soil like material that can be used in a number of environmentally friendly ways, such as a natural fertilizer in flower and vegetable gardens, and as a top dressing for lawns.

The compost bin sale, along with the new seasonal curbside yard waste collection program, gives residents another option to reduce, reuse and recycle, which helps our goal of keeping more garbage from the landfill and protecting our environment by:

  • reusing valuable organic material, and
  • significantly reducing harmful leachate and greenhouse gases.

For information on the one-day sale, visit or contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at

Residents reminded about Giveaway Weekend May 11 and 12, 2013

Released: 1:35 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Residents are reminded that this weekend is the first of two annual Giveaway Weekends.  It is a great opportunity to find a new owner for those reusable unwanted items taking up space in your home or to browse the curbs for some great finds.  The fall giveaway weekend will be September 7 and 8, 2013.

Tips for placing out giveaway items

  • Place unwanted household items at the curb on your front street.
  • Label each item with a FREE sticker or sign.
  • Keep any items safely stored away that you don't want to give away.
  • Remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday.

Examples of giveaway items

  • books, CDs and DVDs
  • furniture, electronics and small appliances
  • sports equipment and toys
  • yard and gardening tools and equipment (e.g., lawn mowers, snow throwers, rakes, shovels)
  • kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • unwanted gifts
  • construction material (e.g., nails, paint, wood)
  • clothing

Examples of items not to put out

  • items that could be unsafe
  • items infested with bed bugs (e.g., mattresses, furniture, bedding)
  • toilets (with a flush volume of 13 litres or more)

Tips for cruising the curbs for treasures

  • Take only the items at the curb marked "FREE".
  • Respect other people's property - don't walk or drive on people's lawns or gardens.
  • Don't discard any items on another person’s lawn.
  • Obey the traffic laws at all times (e.g., don't block traffic, park illegally or block people's driveways with your vehicle)
  • Watch out for children.

For more information on the giveaway weekend, including what to do with leftover items:

  • visit
  • contact our 311 Centre, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at
  • download the mywaste app at

For information on items that aren’t safe to give away (e.g., baby walkers, lawn darts):

Last update: 08.05.2013

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