Do it Right: Spring Clean-up Details Here!
Things to note: it is illegal to burn yard waste, treated lumber, drywall, plastic materials, tar-paper, paint, asphalt and anything made with asphalt, rubber, and household garbage. This information is brought to you because concerned readers have reported seeing piles of waste materials on some private properties around town that seem intended to be burned, and that include some of the prohibited items. There’s reason for the prohibition: smoke and fumes from burning the banned items is toxic. Be aware that City fines can go up to $2000.
Spring clean-up is happening later this year, because of all the snow – but City crews will begin picking up yard waste and tree trimmings starting at 7:00 am on Monday, May 14. They will go by each residence only once.
For the spring clean-up, “yard waste” means grass clippings and leaves; it does NOT mean chunks of sod, rocks, dirt, or tree trimmings mixed in. Please make heaps of grass and leaves on the unmaintained boulevard – do NOT put it in plastic bags.
Tree trimmings should be piled on the unmaintained boulevard separately from the grass and leaf piles. Branches or tree trunks must be under 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter, and under 3 meters (10 feet) long. They should not be tied into bundles.
And – do not drop off any material at the Arena parking lot.
Sand and gravel from the winter’s accumulation should be raked out onto the pavement, but NOT heaped up into piles or rows; the sweeper has a hard time picking those up.
Other scheduled City maintenance work to note: Water-main flushing is an annual event, required by the Ministry of Health. It could start as early as June 4 and will continue for about four weeks. If tap water seems cloudy during or after the flushing, let the tap run until the water clears – but if it hasn’t cleared after ten minutes, please call the Public Works office at 250-362-2328. That’s the number to call with any other questions or concerns about spring clean-up, too.