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Ponoka’s annual community clean up begins May 24

The Town of Ponoka’s annual back alley collection of compostable yard waste will begin on Tuesday, May 24 after the Victoria Day long weekend.

Town crews will make one pass down each back alley in Ponoka to collect yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, weeds, branches from three to five feet) in excess of what will fit into your green cart.

Residents are asked to place all materials for pick up in a pile at their back alley no later than Monday, May 23. If you do not have a back alley, please place your yard waste at the front of your property near the curb where it is visible for pick up and clear of the roadway.

Residents are asked not to bag compostable yard waste that is placed at the curb or back alley for the community clean up. Bagged yard waste will not be picked up to avoid contaminating the compost pile at the town’s Waste Transfer Station.

Other items that will not be picked up during the community clean up include: rocks, construction material, wood, household waste and pet excrement.

Ponoka residents are also welcome to bring loads of compostable yard waste free of charge to the Town’s Waste Transfer Station.

Compostable yard waste brought to the Waste Transfer Station should be in compostable bags or containers that can be emptied into the Town’s organics pile. Citizens are asked not to use grey carts or green carts to transport yard waste to the Waste Transfer Station.

The Waste Transfer Station does not accept kitchen waste for its compost pile as the facility is not set up to compost that type of material. Kitchen waste can only be composted through the curbside green cart program where the waste is transported to an approved composting site.

A complete list of what can be composted curbside in green carts is posted on the town website at www.ponoka.ca/p/green-carts.