Waste drop-off begins

The free spring yard and garden waste drop off period will run from March 15 to April 30

The free spring yard and garden waste drop off period will run from March 15 to April 30 at all North Okanagan landfills.

Trimmings, prunings, leaves, grass, mulch and other organic material less than 20 centimetres in diameter will be accepted free-of-charge at the Greater Vernon, Armstrong/Spallumcheen, Lumby, Kingfisher, and Cherryville facilities.

“Our facilities can get very busy during the free yard waste drop off period. Your patience and co-operation is appreciated,” said Dale Danallanko, Regional District of North Okanagan 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.”

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 yard waste pile. These materials contaminate the pile and make it unsuitable for composting.

The disposal fee for yard and garden waste at all landfills outside of the designated free period is $20 per metric tonne (two cents per kilogram).

Operating hours for each facility are posted at www.rdno.ca.