The Town of Ponoka’s annual back alley collection of compostable yard waste begins Tuesday, Oct. 12 and will continue until each back alley is completed.
The town will make one pass down each back alley in Ponoka to collect yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, weeds and branches less than five feet) in excess of what will fit into residents’ green carts.
The town asks Ponoka residents to place all materials for pick up in a pile at their back alley no later than Monday, Oct. 11.
Residents who do not have a back alley can place yard waste near the curb at the front of their property, ensuring the materials are visible for pick up.
Yard waste set out for collection should not be bagged, as bagged material 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, plastic and pet excrement.
Ponoka residents are also welcome to bring compostable yard waste free of charge to the Town of Ponoka Waste Transfer Station. The Waste Transfer Station only accepts compostable yard waste such as tree branches, leaves and grass clippings – not kitchen waste.
Kitchen waste can only be composted through the curbside Green Cart program and is not accepted at the Waste Transfer Station as the facility is not set up to compost that type of material.
For a complete list of what can be composted curbside in greencCarts, please visit the town website at www.ponoka.ca/p/green-carts.