In advance of spring cleanup, the City of Kamloops is reminding residents of yard waste drop-off locations. The city composts its yard waste at the Cinnamon Ridge Compost Facility in Brocklehurst (on Tranquille Road, past Kamloops Airport and Kamloops Golf and Country Club), with compost available for purchase to the public.
The city city said composting yard waste, including grass clippings, leaves and tree prunings, allows it to preserve space in the landfill and create a nutrient-rich compost material that benefits gardens, lawns, shrubs and flowers. It is also more environmentally friendly.
Yard waste accepted by the city also includes fallen fruit, pumpkins, garden waste and Christmas trees, with the tinsel and decorations removed in advance.
This week, the Bunker Road (in the McGill industrial park) and Barnhartvale Landfill drop-off locations reopened. The Bunker Road location is open seven days per week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Barnhartvale Landifill is open Fridays to Mondays (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Cinnamon Ridge Compost Facility remains open, but will close earlier. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until March 31, bumped to 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31.
Compost is available for purchase at $10 per loaded tractor bucket (about 500 kilograms) or $4 per small container (garbage can, Rubbermaid container, etc.) loaded by the customer.
Cash payments will no longer be accepted.