Kirkland gears up for fourth annual environment day

By Rhonda Massad

Kirkland will mark its fourth consecutive environment day, May 10. To encourage residents to adopt ecological practices, it will offer handy tips and useful tools to help residents reduce their environmental footprint.

The town’s eco-councillor and members of the environment committee will be on hand to answer citizens’ questions and guide them towards sound and environment-friendly horticultural practices.

According to Brian Swinburne, city councillor and chairman of Kirkland’s Environment Committee, Kirkland will not be picking up green waste in plastic bags during the regular pick up each Tuesday. He said that the city adopted the measure to encourage residents to reduce their carbon footprint.

“We would like residents to place green waste in the brown bin or in a cardboard box or loose in a garbage bin, rather than in plastic bags,” he explained. “It’s better for the environment.”

The first 350 residents to show up can pick up a flat of annuals at no cost from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kirkland municipal garage, 25 Claude Jodoin.

Rain barrels and compost bins will be available at a reduced cost, along with prepared compost—wood chips produced from leaf collection.

In an effort to increase the Kirkland green canopy, the city will make five species of trees available at a price of $20. Images of the trees and how they will appear once they are full grown are available on the city’s website.
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