City setting up green waste bins for fallen branches after snowfall

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After heavy snows last weekend brought down tree branches all across the Peace, the City of Fort St. John is setting up disposal bins to help residents clean up.

City staff will set up two large bins in the parking lot of Surerus Park on 86th St north of 101st Avenue starting tomorrow until October 14th. The city’s Grounds Manager Chris Murphy stated, “We recognize that if we have a lot of clean up to do on City property chances are residents have some cleaning up to do too. We will leave the bins out until October 14th to give everyone time to dispose of their branches.”

One of the bins will be for leaves, weeds and grass clippings only, which can be disposed of in paper yard bags. Plastics bags, kitchen waste or other plastics are not allowed in the bin. The other bin will be for branches only. City crews will use a tree chipper to mulch the branches for use in city parks and trails. As the chipper can only handle branches that are no more than 4 inches in diameter, citizens are asked to dispose of larger branches elsewhere.

City Grounds crews are working throughout the city to clean up branches that are down on city property and parks. Residents are encouraged to report any areas in need of maintenance by calling 3-1-1, or completing the Report a Problem function on the City website or the City app.