The Town of Ponoka’s annual back alley collection of compostable yard waste will begin on Tuesday, May 25. Town crews will make one pass down each back alley in Ponoka to collect yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, weeds, branches less than three 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 24.
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 their compostable yard waste. 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 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 bags or
containers that can be emptied into the town’s compost 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. Click ‘Community’ on the top menu bar, then click ‘Recycling, Disposal & Waste’ on the side
menu, and select ‘Residential Waste & Recycling.’ Scroll down the page until you see ‘Green Cart – What goes
IN and what stays OUT.’
– Submitted by the Town of Ponoka