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Yard waste pick up back on in Central Okanagan

It's another sign that spring is on the way. It's time to start filling up your yard waste cart again.

Starting Friday, March 1, all residents who receive municipal curbside garbage collection will start getting yard waste pick up every second weeks. The pick-ups will run until the  end of November.

Place your yard waste 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, refer to the Living Greener Calendar at regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the RDCO's smartphone app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp.

"Last year alone we collected almost 14,000 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill," said Waste reduction facilitator Rae Stewart.

"Collecting yard waste separately not only gives us the chance to compost it, it also saves valuable landfill space and reduces unnecessary traffic congestion at the landfill." Collected yard waste in the Central Okanagan is turned into compost known as GlenGrow, an additive that can be used with your garden soil. For that reason, the regional district says it's important to keep yard waste free of any plastics or garbage.

Residents are reminded to put yard waste out for collection by 7 a.m. on the morning of their regular garbage day and are asked to make sure no garbage, plastic bags, rocks, sod, flower pots, landscape cloth, or kitchen scraps into the yard waste cart are included.

Accepted items include:

• Leaves, needles

• Wood chips, bark

• Fruit droppings

• Grass clippings

• Branches and prunings up to five centimetres in diameter and less than one metre long

• Garden plants

The regional waste reduction office says 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 follow the links at regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

To purchase GlenGrow compost please call 250.469.8868.

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