As summer fades in autumn, I’m reminded how the change of season also changes my family’s waste management practices.
Around the house, it’s time to locate our reusable lunch bag, thermos, containers and cutlery in preparation for packing waste-free lunches for school. Last season’s clothes are tried on again. Those that don’t fit anyone are donated to a local reuse centre.
We clean out the garage of empty camping propane cylinders, leftover paints and unfinished fertilizers, and drop them off at Halton Region’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot.
For our garden, this is the time of last harvests. This year, our cauliflower, green beans and raspberries did amazingly well, while our tomatoes and blueberries struggled a bit. We’re roasting sunflower seeds from the garden, and will later cut down some of the sunflower stalks, dry them in the garage over the winter, and use them as gardening stakes next spring.
There are more leaves to rake and put out for yard waste collection. Outdoor decorations turn from flowers to decorative cornstalks and straw bales (which can also be composted).
It’s also the time of year to visit The Ex and Halton’s three fall fairs: Acton, Georgetown and Milton. I honestly love checking out the “best in show” vegetables and baked goods, and enjoy the crafts made from recycled items. I also wonder what will happen to all those stuffed animals won at the midways. Will they be loved for a long time? Or will they be discarded quickly?
What are some of the ways the change in season impacts your family’s waste? I’d love to hear from you.
See you out there, raking the leaves.