In an effort to encourage local residents to do some spring cleaning in their yards, the town once again will suspend the collection of tipping fees at the local landfill this Saturday (May 11) for half-ton vehicles and utility trailers.
Tipping fees will be waived from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., but only for leaves, tree branches, grass clippings, and garden waste.
These items must be separate from regular waste when brought to the landfill that day.
The free tipping day usually sees a good turnout. The amount of yard waste dumped has varied in recent years, although so has the month in which it’s been held, which could have affected the numbers.
For example, last May, 148 vehicles dropped off 24.89 tonnes of yard waste, while in 2011, 187 vehicles brought 35.86 tonnes of grass and leaves to the landfill.
In June, 2010, 245 vehicles brought in 43.1 tonnes.
This has since changed, however, as last year council passed a resolution to consistently hold the spring clean-up on the second Saturday in May.
There also will be a free tipping day for organic waste on the first Saturday in November.
Meanwhile, town residents wanting to water their lawns or wash their vehicles should be aware the town’s bylaw regulating non-essential water use will take effect next Wednesday (May 15).
Starting that day, odd-numbered addresses only can water on odd days and even-numbered addresses on even days (even-numbered houses are exempt on months with 31 days).
This bylaw is in effect until Sept. 15.
Those who fail to comply with the bylaw can be charged and face a fine up to $300.
In addition, offenders may have their water service discontinued, and will have to pay $238.22 plus HST to have it turned back on.