RDCO MEDIA RELEASE
February 26th, 2013
Yard Waste Pick Up Back On!
Another sign that spring is on the way, it’s time to start filling up your yard waste cart!
Starting this Friday, March 1st, all residents on municipal curbside garbage collection will benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks until the end of November.
Simply place your yard waste directly into the cart with the green lid and wheel it out for pickup every other week (alternate weeks to your recycling pick up).To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to the Living Greener Calendar at regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the convenient smartphone app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp. This gives you the information of the Living Greener Calendar in the palm of your hand!
Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, “Last year alone we collected almost 14,000 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill.”
Stewart adds, “Collecting yard waste separately not only gives us the chance to compost all this yard waste, it also saves valuable landfill space, and reduces unnecessary traffic congestion at the landfill. 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.”
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 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 purchase GlenGrow compost please call 250.469.8868.
For more information:
Regional Waste Reduction Office