May 12, 2014 3:32 pm

Mayor and Oilers’ captain ask Edmontonians to go bagless

Campaign encourages Edmontonians to leave grass clippings on their lawns. Mayor and Edmonton Oilers captain do the mowing outside City Hall, May 12, 2014.

Morris Gamblin, Global News

EDMONTON – Instead of bagging grass clippings for collection, Edmonton residents are being asked to ‘Go Bagless’ this summer and leave the clippings on the lawn.

The City says grass clippings make up almost half the waste collected during summer months.

An average household sets out 40 to 50 bags of clippings each year and about 40,000 tonnes of grass are collected in Edmonton.

“Edmonton is making progress on its goal of keeping 90 per cent of household waste out of landfills,” said Mayor Don Iveson, who was joined by Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference for an event on Monday.

“This goal will be achieved if we all make an effort to reduce the amount of waste that needs to be picked up.”

Grass clippings are beneficial for lawns as they quickly decompose and naturally fertilize, which means less chemical fertilizer is needed.

To help Edmonton reach its goal – and to learn more about how to reduce household waste – visit

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