Water and Waste Wise program co-ordinator Brianna van de Wijngaard unloads a bag of leaves in one of the Potato House compost bins.

Water and Waste Wise program co-ordinator Brianna van de Wijngaard unloads a bag of leaves in one of the Potato House compost bins.

Fall leaf litter collection returns

The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society’s Leaf Litter Pick Up Project is back.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society’s Leaf Litter Pick Up Project is back.

With fall colours beginning to show, Brianna van de Wijngaard says it’s time for the Waste Wise program’s third year of free leaf litter pick up to begin once again.

“In 2014, we collected 137 bags of leaf litter, up almost 20 per cent from 2013,” says van de Wijngaard, the program co-ordinator.

She says this valuable resource is donated to the Potato House Society’s composting program at the corner of First Avenue and Borland Street, to the Williams Lake Food Policy Council’s community garden project on Carson Drive, as well as to other local farm and garden locations.

She says people can drop off their clean leaf litter at the Potato House location or at the Memory Garden on Carson Drive next to the community garden compost bins.

The leaf litter and lawn clippings donated should not be from roads or parking lots and should not contain chemical sprays.

The litter must be pre-bagged.

There is help for people who are unable to drop off their leaf litter at these locations.

“Just give us a call or e-mail, and we’ll come pick it up from within city limits starting Oct. 15,” van de Wijngaard says.

“We will gladly save you a trip and take it for you. We can compost and use any clean leaf litter or lawn clippings.”

This is a free service. Contact Brianna at 250-398-7929 or by e-mail at wastewise@ccconserv.org.

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