Curbside yard waste pickup resumes

Communities in the Central Okanagan, including Lake Country, are once again picking up residential yard waste in anticipation of spring.

  • Mar. 2, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Another sign that spring is on the way, it’s almost time to start filling up your yard waste cart!

Starting March 1st, all residents on municipal curbside garbage collection will benefit from yard waste pick up every second week until the end of November.

Simply place your yard waste directly into the cart with the green lid and wheel it out for pickup every other week (alternate weeks to your recycling pick up).To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to your Living Greener Calendar, or visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says residents make great use of the every two week collection.  “Last year alone we collected approximately 12,000 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill.”

Stewart adds, “The curbside yard waste collection program is key to our waste reduction mandate. It gives us the chance to compost all this yard waste, thereby saving valuable landfill space. It also helps residents who don’t have a vehicle to take their pruning’s and garden waste to the landfill, and it cuts down on long traffic lineups and congestion at the landfill by eliminating the need for drop off.”

You’re reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day.

Accepted items include:

•    Leaves

•    Wood chips, bark

•    Needles

•    Garden plants

•    Grass clippings

•    Branches and pruning’s up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and less than one metre (3 feet) in length

 

NOTE: No Garbage, plastic bags, rocks, sod, flower pots, landscape cloth, fruit droppings or kitchen scraps please.

 

Up to two additional 360 litre yard waste carts can be purchased from your municipality. For additional yard waste carts and collection options, contact your municipality or visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

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