Posted on 28 February 2013 by admin
In March, yard waste collections resume in Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and surrounding rural communities.
Collection starts in rural electoral areas ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘F’, ‘G’, the Towns of Oliver and Osoyoos and the Village of Keremeos during the week of March 4-8.
Homeowners are being asked to place materials out by 7 a.m. on their regular collection day. Residents should check their collections schedules for future dates.
Residents can place an unlimited amount of leaves, twigs, grass and prunings in reusable containers or paper yard waste bags.
Sticks under three inches (7.5 cm) diameter must be cut to three-foot lengths (one metre) and bundled with twine. Maximum weight per reusable container, bag or bundle is 25 kilograms or 55 pounds.
Reusable containers can include a well-marked garbage can. Local governments have free ‘Yard Waste Only’ stickers to place on cans to make it clear which one is for garbage.
Yard waste should never be placed in plastic bags. Any yard waste placed in plastic bags will be left at your property.
As large wood pieces can damage compaction equipment, branches over three inches (7.5 cm) diameter and wood will not be collected. Instead bring larger woody materials to the landfill.
There is no charge at any landfill in the RDOS to drop off up to 500 kg of yard waste.
Often residents are shocked to see garbage and yard waste going in the same truck. BFI Canada operates split-trucks that have two compartments.
By adjusting a switch, the driver can go from compartment to compartment using the same opening. This allows for one truck to be used for both collections, reducing staff time and fuel.
To help homeowners cope with the onslaught of yard waste, the Campbell Mountain Landfill in Penticton will re-open on Sundays from March until the end of November. Starting March 3, the Campbell Mountain Landfill will be open seven days a week, except on statutory holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The Osoyoos Landfill site will switch to summer hours from April 1 to the end of October. The hours of operation will be Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents can contact town hall for more curbside collection information. They can also contact the RDOS solid waste division at 250-490-4129, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rdos.bc.ca.