Fall cleaning season is here

Extra yard waste collection will take place on Oct. 7-11 and Nov. 4-8 in Strathcona County. Photo Supplied Photo Supplied / jpg, SP

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Spring might be the traditional season for cleaning, but there’s also plenty of work to do in the fall. Getting your home and yard ready for winter is a big job, but Strathcona County’s Green Routine team has collection events and seasonal tips to make it easier.

Fall yard waste collection

Wondering what to do with all those fall leaves and yard waste? Residents who receive waste collection services from Strathcona County can put out extra yard waste for collection on their regular collection day. The 2019 fall dates are Oct. 7-11 and Nov. 4-8.

Extra yard waste that does not fit inside your green organics cart should be placed in clear plastic bags or paper yard waste bags. All tree branches must be under one inch in diameter and bundled with packing or duct tape.

Check our website at strathcona.ca/yardwaste for more details.

Large item collection

Do you have broken furniture or appliances, old mattresses, or any other non-reusable large or heavy-household items? Large item pickup takes place in October on specific regular collection days. You can leave up to two items at the curbside with your other waste and recycling and we will haul them away for you. All items must be less than six feet by three feet (1.8m x 0.9m) and weigh less than 90 kg (200 lb).

Whether or not you have a large item for pickup, please be aware of when it’s scheduled for your neighbourhood and remove outdoor items (bikes, toys, lawnmowers) not intended for pickup from the end of your driveway, so they aren’t accidentally taken. If you’re getting rid of an outdoor item, put a note on it to identify it for pickup.

Check our website at strathcona.ca/largeitem to find your large item collection date.

Broadview Enviroservice Station hours

Winter hours will be in effect from Monday, October 21 until mid-April at the Broadview Enviroservice Station yard (outdoor services). Services include everyday recycling, tire recycling and brush and yard waste. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Hours of service remain the same for inside the Enviroservice Station building. Indoor services include hazardous waste, electronics, paint and motor oil disposal. Hours of operation are from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. For more information, visit strathcona.ca/broadview.

The HodgePodge Lodge reuse station will close for the winter on October 11 and will re-open in the spring.

Fall waste collection tips

We all know that the weather in Alberta can change drastically – sometimes overnight! Here are some tips to keep in mind when the temperatures drop and the snow falls.

Line the bottom and sides of your green organics cart with newspaper or cardboard. This will reduce the possibility of organics freezing to the bottom or sides of your cart when the temperatures drop.

Layering your organics is also very important to prevent sticking. Alternate layers of wet organics, such as food, grass and leaves, with dry organics, such as newspaper, cardboard or a thin layer of shredded paper.

Once the snow arrives, pull your cart – don’t push it. Pushing the cart will cause snow to build up at the bottom, making it difficult to move.

The Green Routine is Strathcona County’s waste collection services. Our goal is to enable residents to properly dispose of their waste while ensuring as much as possible is diverted from the landfill.

If you have any questions you can call us at 780-449-5514 or email us at greenroutine@strathcona.ca. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community clean and green and keep following the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

This column was written and provided by Strathcona County staff.

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