Gardening season anyone?

Believe it or not, gardening season is right around the corner.

Kelowna yard waste collection service begins again this Thursday, March 1, for those people who have yard waste left over from last season.

The first pickup of the season is also a great opportunity for anyone who may have stockpiled leaves and garden prunings from last fall to get them into the yard waste bin and out to the curb for disposal.

The service will run every two weeks until the end of November.
Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, “This is a good time to do a post-winter check-up of your cart, and make sure materials that don’t belong and may have landed in there by mistake over the winter months are removed - things like flower pots, garbage, bags of any kind, pet waste, anything that would compromise the composting process.”

Yard waste is composted and used again as a valuable soil enhancer, so it’s important to keep it free of any plastic, garbage or other matter that could contaminate the end product.  Last year alone the program collected over 14,000 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high-quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill.
You’re asked to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day. The following items are accepted in your yard waste cart:

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

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