Coquitlam homeowners who get garbage and green cart pick-up from the city can put out unlimited yard waste out for collection, starting April 6.
Until May 13, the municipality will run its seasonable program for yard trimmings and grass clippings to help residents unload their extra hauls.
But city staff are asking participants to use kraft paper bags or garbage cans — labelled with Yard Trimmings stickers — when they place their surplus yard waste out on collection days. As well, branches need to be tied up, measuring less than 3” in diameter and no longer than three feet.
Yard waste bags, cans or bundles can’t weigh more than 44 pounds, and they can’t block sidewalks, lane ways or streets when they’re put out for collection; sod, rocks, soil and plastic bags also can’t be in the yard waste nor can food scraps, which should be tossed in the city’s green cart.
As per Coquitlam’s solid waste bylaw, carts and yard trimmings can’t go out before 5:30 a.m. on collection days; fines will be levied for early roll-outs.
Leave yard waste out all day as separate trucks — under the city’s collection contractor, Waste Connections of Canada — will be hauling until 7:30 p.m.
Coquitlam’s seasonal yard waste pick-up runs in the spring and the fall. For more details, visit coquitlam.ca/yardtrimmings or call the waste reduction team at 604-927-3500; yard trimmings stickers are free of charge.
Meanwhile, Coquitlam residents can download the city’s curbside collection app for reminders about pick-up dates. Visit coquitlam.ca/recollect.