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Yard waste pick up is back on in Central Okanagan

February 23, 2017 - 1:11 PM

KELOWNA - Gardening may be far from your mind with all the snow still covering the ground, but nevertheless, yard waste collection is back on! The first pickup of the season is also a great opportunity for anyone who may have stockpiled leaves and garden pruning’s’ from last fall to get them into the yard waste bin and out to the curb for disposal.

Starting next Wednesday, March 1st all residents on municipal curbside garbage collection will benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks until the end of November.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, “All the yard waste collected curbside is then composted, and used again as a valuable soil enhancer--so it’s important to keep it free of any plastic, garbage or other foreign matter.” Stewart adds last year alone the program collected over 15,000 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill.

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 determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to the Living Greener Calendar  at  regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the convenient free app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp.  This gives you the information of the Living Greener Calendar in the palm of your hand!

If you are interested in purchasing the finished compost GlenGrow from the Glenmore landfill please, visit  Okanagancompost.ca or call 250.469.8868.

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