January 05, 2015 - 12:47 PM
KELOWNA – The heavy snowfall may create delays for curbside garbage and recycling collection in the Central Okanagan.
The contractor, OK Environmental Waste Systems, is making every effort to follow the regular collection schedule, according to a media release from the Regional Waste Reduction Office.
“But depending on the road conditions and access (the contractor) may not be able to complete all regular pickups,” Bruce Smith the Regional District says.
He says slippery roads, especially on sloped or more challenging streets, are not safe for large collection vehicles, workers or residents.
“The first priority is to clear the roads to make them safe, and make collection possible,” Smith says.
If your regular collection day is missed, he says collection will take place on the following day if the weather permits.
“In these extreme weather conditions, collection may be delayed more than one day.”
The Waste Reduction Office advises residents to leave their garbage or recycling carts out even if they aren’t emptied on the scheduled day so they aren’t missed when the contractor can get to them.
Here’s a list of rules surrounding the placement of the carts during the winter:
- Find or clear an unobstructed site to put your carts out for collection. Please note: It is the responsibility of the resident to clear appropriate space at the curb/roadway in front of their property for placement of carts.
- Put carts as close as possible to the street, without obstructing the street, sidewalk or bike lane. Often placing your carts on either side of your driveway allows for greater ease for the collection trucks and for you.
- Keep carts off the travelled portion of the roadway so as not to interfere with snow plows- do not place carts in a location where the snow plow will hit them.
- The cart should be no closer than three feet from any obstacle, parked car, or other cart - an arm’s length spacing is required between each cart. When considering cart placement, it’s important to note the automated arm on the collection truck can only reach a maximum of eight feet from the truck, and up to one foot off the ground.
- Do not place carts behind or on top of snow banks.
- Please have your carts out for collection by 7 a.m. Avoid placing your carts out the night before collection and bring them away from the road as soon as possible, to avoid interfering with snow plows often working in the very late and early morning hours to clear our roadways.
- Clear your cart of snow and ice to ensure the lid opens when cart is tipped.
- General Safety: As the waste collection carts are equipped with wheels, please use extra caution when wheeling them in snowy and icy conditions.
Image Credit: Contributed/Central Okanagan Regional District
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