February 28, 2016 - 9:30 AM
CENTRAL OKANAGAN – A sure sign that spring is just around the corner is the sight of green bin filled with yard waste on the side of road.
Starting Tuesday, March 1 curbside collection will include twice monthly pickup of green bins in the Central Okanagan.
Until the end of November residents can place yard waste directly into the cart and wheel it to the curb according to a schedule set out at the Regional District website.
Waste reduction facilitator Rae Stewart says in a media release, last year alone they collected almost 14,600 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill.
“Collecting yard waste separately means it can all be composted, saving valuable landfill space and reducing unnecessary traffic congestion,” he says. “Your collected yard waste is turned into compost known as GlenGrow, great for amending your garden soil, so it’s most important to keep the yard waste free of any plastic or garbage.”
Residents should put their yard waste out for collection by 7 a.m. and make sure the lid is closed.
Garbage, plastic bags, rocks, sod, flower pots, landscape cloth and kitchen scraps are not allowed.
Accepted items include leaves, needles, wood chips, bark, garden plants, fruit droppings, grass clipping and branches up to 5 centimetres in diameter and less than one metre in length.
Up to two additional waste carts can be purchased through the Regional District website.
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