As the crisp autumn air settles over our gardens and landscapes and forces fall yard cleanup, residents have a free option to dispose of leaves and trimmings.
The free fall yard and garden waste drop off period runs from Saturday to Nov. 30 at all Regional District of North Okanagan landfills.
Trimmings, prunings, leaves, grass, mulch and other organic material less than 20 cm (or approximately eight 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 landfills during this time.
“The spring free drop off period was very busy at our facilities. Your patience and co-operation is appreciated during the free drop off period,” said 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 bags and boxes containing yard and garden waste.”
The residential program does not accept rocks, concrete, plastic, and refuse in the landfill yard waste pile. These materials contaminate the pile and make it unsuitable for composting. Only yard and garden waste, self-hauled by residents, is permitted.
The fee for yard and garden waste at all RDNO landfills during the remainder of the year is $20 per metric tonne (two cents per kilogram).
For the record
The Morning Star would like to correct an error in a recent article about open burning dates for the region. Burn season within the RDNO runs from Oct. 31 to April 30 and is open to those who obtain a burning permit.
The previous two-week fall and six-week spring burn period is no longer in effect.
RDNO only controls open burning within the BX Swan Lake and Silver Star fire protection areas.