Trail fall clean up begins next week

City works crews will begin collecting yard waste in Glenmerry on Oct 28 and work towards other areas in the following days.

Fall is in the air and the leaves are on the ground… at least many of them are and that means it’s time for the City of Trail’s fall clean-up program to help residents get rid of the mounds of leaves and accumulated yard waste that can build up over the summer.

City works crews will begin collecting specific yard waste beginning Oct 28 and 29 in Glenmerry and Waneta, Oct 30, in Shavers Bench and Miral Heights, moving on to East Trail Oct 31 and Nov 1, Sunningdale Nov 4 and 5, then West Trail Nov 6 and 7, finishing up in Tadanac Nov 8 and 12.

Unlike many municipalities across the country, the City of Trail isn’t requiring the use of bio-degradable or compostable bags for the collection of yard waste, although it does offer bio-degradable clear bags for $1.50 each.

“We’re not changing the way we do things at this point,” said City Works Manager, Larry Abenante. “The only place we do anything different is in Tadanac because of all the leaves there. We pick them up with the loader and haul them to the yard for composting.”

The city will collect leaves, garden waste, and lawn clippings in clear plastic bags and bundled and tied branches up to six feet long and six inches in diameter. No rocks, dirt, or mixed waste will be collected.

“Garden waste is what we want,” said Abenante. “Keep things separate and clean, branches tied and leaves bagged. It makes it easier to keep it separated for composting at the landfill.”

The gathered waste will be taken to the McKelvey Creek landfill site operated by the Regional District where it is sorted into piles and composted.

“The city actually gets some of that back,” Abenante said. “We use the composted material for things like boulevard repair and in some of the gardens around the city.”

Waste material will be picked up between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the days specified and are requesting that residents have their yard and garden waste, properly bagged and bundled, in the area where their garbage is typically collected.