Fall yard waste disposal deadline approaching

The last day for curbside yard waste pickup will be Monday, Nov. 30 in the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

  • Nov. 2, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Another sign that winter’s on the way, there’s one month left to have your yard waste picked up at your curb.

Bi-weekly fall yard waste pickup ends Monday, Nov. 30.

That’s the last day in the Central Okanagan for the curbside yard waste pickup program until collection resumes again March 1 2016.

Simply place your yard waste directly into the cart with the green lid closed and wheel it out for pickup every other week (alternate weeks to your recycling pickup).

To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to your Living Greener Calendar, download the my-waste app, or visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

Waste reduction facilitator Rae Stewart says the yard waste collection program is very successful, with close to 12,000 tonnes of green material collected curbside annually.

“That’s a big win in that all that material can be composted. It saves landfill space, reduces lineups at the landfill, and gives back great compost in the form of GlenGrow, a super soil enhancer you can buy for your garden come spring,” said Stewart.

“That’s why is really important to keep any foreign matter out of your yard waste cart; plastic flower pots, plastic bags, even garbage landing in there by accident means the great green matter can’t be composted and re-used, plus can really bung up equipment and machinery used to grind it down.”

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, tree needles, garden plants, grass clippings and fit droppings.

Branches and prunings up to five centimetres (two inches) in diameter and less than one metre (three feet) in length can also be disposed for pickup. Note that garbage, plastic bags, flower pots, rocks, soil, sod or kitchen scraps should not be disposed of with yard waste.

You can also take up to 250 kilograms of yard waste to the Glenmore landfill and Westside Residential Recycling and Disposal Center free of charge year round.  If you’re looking to upgrade your yard waste cart, up to two additional 360 litre carts can be purchased from your municipality.

For additional carts and collection options, contact your municipality or visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

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