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November 2nd, 2016: Yard Waste pickup Winds Down

November 02, 2016 - 1:59 PM

Time to get out in the fresh air for some final fall cleanup-- there’s just a few weeks left to have your yard waste picked up at your curb.

Bi-weekly fall yard waste pickup ends Wednesday, November 30th. That’s the last day in the Central Okanagan for the curbside yard waste pickup program until collection resumes again March 1st, 2017.

Put 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

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says all the yard waste collected is composted and re-used, so it’s important to keep your yard waste cart free of any contaminants. “We collect close to 13 thousand tonnes of green material from the curb annually, and all of that is composted and turned into the soil enhancer GlenGrow, which you can buy for your garden come springtime. Contaminates such as plastic bags, flower pots, rocks and sod affect the composting process and should be left out.”

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:

  • Pumpkins
  • Leaves
  • Wood chips, bark
  • Needles
  • Garden plants
  • Grass clippings
  • Fruit droppings
  • Branches and prunings up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and less than one metre (3 feet) in length

NOTE: No Garbage, plastic bags, flowerpots, rocks, soil, sod, or kitchen scraps please.

Remember, you can also take up to 250 kilograms of yard waste to the Glenmore landfill free of charge year round or to the Westside Residential Waste and Recycling Centre (fees apply).

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

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