Re: New plan for waste collection (Oct. 16). Here are two suggestions that could help alleviate Winnipeg's refuse backup. First, what if we'd all put our bins out only when they are full? This week, our small household is rolling out the new bins for the first time.
Second, what if we'd get the co-operation of letter and newspaper carriers to respect signs on doors that say "no flyers, inserts or junk mail." These two initiatives could significantly cut down the number of truck stops needed per week.
If one has a yard large enough to have piles of leaves, then one has enough space for a pile of leaves to stay over the winter, break down and become valuable mulch or topsoil.
Leaves can be left on the lawn to feed it nutrients and reduce winter freezing damage. Leaves can also be piled on or around perennial plants to protect them from winter damage and ensure their survival.
Plants that benefit from leaf mulch include roses, trees, herbs such as peppermint, chives, parsley and lavender. Simply cover the plants with leaves. It's easy, it reduces waste, reduces workload of the city collectors and reduces use of fuel to transport them. It also lessens one's work in the yard and saves money spent on those big paper bags.
The breakdown of leaves into humus is what ensures vitality and renewal of the soil.