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Free fall yard waste drop-off periods returns

October 11, 2015 - 3:04 PM

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) reminds residents that the fall free yard and garden waste drop-off period at all RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDFs) runs from October 15, 2015 to November 30, 2015.

Trimmings, prunings, leaves, grass, mulch, and other organic material less than 20 cm in diameter originating from yard and garden maintenance will be accepted free-of-charge at the Greater Vernon, Armstrong/Spallumcheen, and Lumby RDFs, and the Kingfisher and Cherryville Transfer Stations (TSs) during this time. This program is for yard and garden waste self-hauled by residents or from municipal residential collection programs only.

“Free yard waste drop-off periods are traditionally very busy at our facilities,” according to Dale Danallanko, RDNO Recycling and Facilities Operations Manager. “Please ensure your load is adequately secured with a tarp or cargo net, follow the signs and directions from facility staff, and be sure to empty all bags and boxes containing yard and garden waste. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated during the free drop-off period,” adds Danallanko.

Rocks, concrete, plastic, and refuse must not be deposited in the yard waste piles. These materials contaminate the piles and make them unsuitable for composting.

The fee for yard and garden waste at all RDNO RDFs and TSs during the remainder of the year is $20 per metric tonne (two cents per kilogram). Operating hours for each of the RDFs and TSs are posted online at and at each facility. Check with your local municipal office for more information about yard and garden waste collection programs available in your area.

For further information, please contact the RDNO at 250-550-3700 or

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