Free yard waste tipping day at landfill on Saturday

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fort Frances residents will have the opportunity to use the garbage dump for a free tipping day.

Residents will have the chance to dispose of their spring cleanup waste such as leaves, tree branches, grass clippings and garden waste at the landfill free of charge.

Other waste items that do not fall in the category of spring waste will be weighed and residents will be charged accordingly.

Craig Miller, environmental superintendent for the Town of Fort Frances, said the town has two free tipping days, one in the spring and the other in the fall.

Miller said the town provides this service to residents in recognition of the amount of waste that is generated from doing yard work.

“It is also acknowledging that it’s basically biomass type waste that will essentially compost and biodegrade quite easily,” Miller added. “We have a section of the landfill that is a burn pile. It’s clean wood branches and piles that get burned on an annual basis. It does not really affect the landfill capacity per se.”

When the town oversees the burning of the spring waste piles, it reduces the chances of potential fires as opposed to if residents do it themselves.

“We urge people to be mindful of any fire bans that have been put in place by the fire chief in town. This [free tipping day] gives people the opportunity to dispose of waste so there is no need to burn it.”

Miller said the landfill attendants will ask questions to make sure residents do not have other waste that should not be going to the burn pile.

All material must be disposed of in compliance with the instructions from the landfill gate attendant.

Miller said he asks residents to be patient as the landfill attendant administers the vehicles entering the site at one time in order to help with physical distancing.