More time for waste disposal

The district’s annual free disposal of residential yard and garden waste has been extended this year.

The district’s annual free disposal of residential yard and garden waste has been extended this year. Instead of planning to have your waste ready during that one week period, you now have six weeks to take care of it.

“It’s a free six-week disposal opportunity,” said Carmen Fennell, waste reduction facilitator with the Environment and Engineering Services at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

“It used to be just a weekend, or just a week, but this gives those who may be away on vacation, or dealing with other things, a six-week window.” Fennell found that the same number of people would come in whether they had one day or one month, the landfills would see the same volume of disposal.

“It was pretty busy. Some people would be waiting in their cars for up to five hours. That’s another reason we decided to extend it,” she said.

The program is offered until Nov. 1, and includes the disposal of grass clippings, leaves, prunings, brush/weeds, and tree limbs up to eight inches in diameter. Just bring it in to the Golden landfill.

“Usually disposal costs $35 per ton, so it’s definitely worth taking advantage of,” said Fennell.