Yard waste curb-side pickup starts week of March 2

Put your green bins by the curb on your regular garbage pickup day.

  • Feb. 20, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Starting Monday, March 2, all residents on municipal curb-side garbage collection can benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks 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 the Living Greener Calendar at  regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the convenient  smartphone app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp.  This gives you the information in the Living Greener Calendar in the palm of your hand!

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says: “Collecting yard waste separately means it can all be composted, which saves landfill space and reduces congestion at the landfill. Last year alone we collected almost 14,500 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill.”

Stewart adds your collected yard waste is turned into compost known as GlenGrow, great for amending your garden soil, so it’s very important to keep the yard waste free of any plastic, garbage or other foreign matter. GlenGrow is a superb soil amendment and top dressing, available for purchase at the Glenmore landfill in Kelowna.

You’re reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day. Please make sure the lid is closed, and that you don’t put any garbage, plastic bags, rocks, sod, flower pots, landscape cloth, or kitchen scraps into the yard waste cart.

Accepted items include:

· Leaves, needles

· Wood chips, bark

· Garden plants

· Fruit droppings

· Grass clippings

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

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.

Kelowna Capital News