Sand bag disposal plans begin.

Sand bag disposal

Planning for the removal of sand bags has began

Sand bag disposal planning begins as lake and creek levels recede.

The City of Vernon will be providing recommendations for when it is safe to remove flood protection.

Handling guidelines have been created for people moving the sand bags and includes wearing proper footwear and gloves.

Commonly, flood protection can be treated as clean soil to be used as general fill or blended into gardens and lawns, but as an alternative, the city has announced locations people can drop off sand bags free of charge.

As long as the bags are not mixed with any other substance, wood debris, garbage, or recycling materials, people can drop the sand bags off at all RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities and the two sand bag fill site locations at the corner of Okanagan Avenue and Okanagan Landing Road and outside the Operations yard entrance at 1900 48th Ave.

Assistance can be made available to residents of Vernon who require more than 400 sand bags removed from their properties by calling City Operations and requesting help.

If City staff approves the request, City contractors will provide a large collection bin. The collection will happen in four phases because of the limitations on the number of bins available.

The first phase was announced and will last until Aug. 6, for properties within the City of Vernon adjacent to BX Creek.