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FireSmart bins open for debris drop-off throughout Vernon

Temporary collection of yard waste aimed at reducing fire hazards in town

After encouraging its residents to FireSmart their properties, the City of Vernon will now add resources to help with those efforts.

Starting today, Friday, Aug. 25, and running until Friday, Sept. 1, Vernon residents will be able to drop their yard waste off at designated disposal bins located throughout the city.

The city deems clippings, trimmings, leaves, garden waste, pine cones and shrubs as acceptable yard waste material.

It does not include building material like wood, drywall or cement, nor household garbage and recycling.

The bins are being provided specifically for FireSmart efforts and will be temporarily located at the following locations:

• Sunset Properties, end of Kokanee Road;

• Adventure Bay, Oxford Road cul-de-sac;

• Paddlewheel Park, 7815 Okanagan Landing Road;

• Kin Beach overflow parking lot, 7001 Tronson Road;

• DND Grounds parking lot, 1451 Mission Road;

• Sawicki Millennium Park, 996 Middleton Way;

• Easthill Community Church, 3605 12th Street;

• Kin Race Track, 3501 43rd Avenue;

• Bella Vista Pumphouse, 6398 Goose Lake Road (Blue Jay subdivision area);

• Silver Star Foothills Community Park, 101 Whistler Place.

“We’re really emphasizing to residents the importance of taking action now to FireSmart their properties, if they haven’t already,” said Wes Brassard, FireSmart coordinator. “We know these actions make a difference. Together we can help reduce the risk of wildland fire and help make our community more fire resilient.”

Residents who are unable to transport their yard waste to any of the bin locations can contact Brassard for assistance:

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Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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