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Duncan's yard-waste gets single-time trial pickup next week

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The squeaky wheel gets their leaves trucked, in Mayor Phil Kent's world.

Public demand prompted the city to offer a one-off trial of home yard-debris pickup, tentatively slated for Nov. 27 to 29.

Eco-conscious homeowners have until Nov. 20 to preregister, in person, at city hall for pickup of up to five bags of leaves, twigs and boughs.

"It's a one-time trial to see what the uptake is," Kent said.

"Lots of people in the past couple of elections asked about that," he said of Duncan's yard-waste composting yard at Cliffs and Banks road corner that was closed in recent years due to budget restraint.

"Costs were getting too high, but we're still getting some feedback again from neighbourhoods saying they'd like to have another opportunity to have their yard waste picked up."

The trial trucking idea appeared in recent newspaper ads.

It will cost homeowners $10 for collection of up to five biodegradable bags of yard waste such as leaves, plants, clippings, and branches up to two inches diameter.

Folks can also buy extra bag tickets for $2.

Pickup will happen during regular city trash pickup days.

The yard-waste would "likely go Bings Creek (transfer station) or another transfer station, then to digestion for composting," explained Kent.

For more, call city hall at 250-746-6126.


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