The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) reminds residents that the free spring yard and garden waste drop off period will run from March 15 to April 30 at all RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDFs).
Trimmings, prunings, leaves, grass, mulch and other organic material less than 20 cm (or approximately 8 inches) in diameter originating from residential yard and garden work will be accepted free-of-charge at the Greater Vernon, Armstrong/Spallumcheen, Lumby, Kingfisher, and Cherryville RDFs during this time.
“Our facilities can get very busy during the free yard waste drop off period. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.” requests 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 plastic bags and boxes containing yard and garden waste. Kraft paper bags can be left in the yard waste pile, but we ask that you cut or tear the paper bags open”, adds Danallanko.
− This program is for residential yard and garden waste only, self-hauled by residents.
− Rocks, concrete, plastic, and refuse must not be deposited in the RDF yard waste pile.
These materials contaminate the pile and make it unsuitable for composting.
The disposal fee for yard and garden waste at all RDNO RDFs outside of the designated free period is $20 per metric tonne (two cents per kilogram).
Operating hours for each of the RDFs are posted on the RDNO website and at each facility. Check with your local municipal office for more information about spring yard and garden waste collection programs available in your area.