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Extra Yard Trimmings Collection for Spring

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC April 10, 2019 – As residents get working on spring yard clean-ups, the City of Coquitlam’s Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings collection program can help you dispose of your extra yard waste.

Throughout April and until May 10, Coquitlam residents who receive solid waste collection from the City can put out unlimited yard trimmings and leaves for curbside pick up.

Yard Trimming Options
There are a number of options for setting out additional yard trimmings at your curbside for pickup on your collection day:

  • Place yard trimmings like grass clippings, prunings and small branches in kraft paper bags.
  • Bundle branches must be less than 7.5 cm (3 in.) in diameter and no more than 1 m (3 ft.) in length.
  • Use old garbage cans with a Green Can sticker, available in the Engineering Department at City Hall.

Know the Rules
Although kraft paper bags of yard trimmings or an old garbage can with a Green Can sticker may be placed at curb prior to collection day, they must not contain food scraps.

Place all food scraps in your City-issued Green Cart only. City-issued carts (both Green and Garbage) are not to be set out before 5:30 a.m. on the morning of collection at risk of a fine, even if the Green Cart contains only yard trimmings.

Bundles and containers must not block sidewalks, laneways or streets and can weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs) each. Sod, rocks, soil and plastic bags are not accepted.

The additional yard trimmings are collected by a separate truck and sometimes arrive later than the regular Green Cart collection, so don’t think your extra yard trimmings have been missed if they are still at curbside after your regular Garbage and Green Cart waste has been collected. However, if your additional yard trimmings are not collected by 7:30 p.m. on your collection day, please call Waste Connections of Canada at 604-636-3520.

About Coquitlam Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings Program
Coquitlam’s Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings program runs twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall.

For more information on the Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings program, visit www.coquitlam.ca/yardtrimmings  or call Coquitlam’s Customer Service Line 24/7 at 604-927-3500.

Sign Up for Handy Collection Day Reminders
For reminders on your waste collection schedule – including changes for statutory holidays and additional seasonal yard trimmings collection – visit www.coquitlam.ca/recollect to set up a weekly reminder by phone, email, text or Twitter. Or use your smartphone to download the Coquitlam Curbside Collection App for free; visit your app store and search “Coquitlam Curbside Collection”.

Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager Environmental Services
City of Coquitlam