After successfully piloting the project in 2014, the RDCK is pleased to announce that the seasonal ‘Free Yard and Garden Waste’ program is now permanent! Every year for the months of April and October residents in the East Waste Sub-region will be able to deposit their yard and garden waste at no tipping fee at the following facilities:
• Creston Landfill
• Crawford Bay Transfer Station
• Boswell Transfer Station
The RDCK anticipates that the continuation of this program will reduce occurrences of yard waste burning, thereby improving local air quality. “Every spring and fall there is a noticeable drop in air quality due from people burning their yard and garden waste,” says East Sub-region Resource Recovery Chair Garry Jackman. “Last April at the East sub-region facilities, 373 loads of yard and garden waste were brought in for deposit that may otherwise have been burned. To me, that is a success story and shows that the program should continue on a permanent basis.”
Yard and garden waste materials that qualify for free tipping fees include hedge clippings, weeds, shrubs, and shrub and tree branches less than 15 centimeters (6”) in diameter.
Materials that do not qualify include tree stumps, noxious weeds*, rocks, sand, soil and fruit & vegetable material.
For further information, please contact:
Megan Deas, Environmental Services Coordinator