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Free Yard & Garden Waste Drop-off

Yard & Garden Waste can be dropped off at any RDNO Diversion and Disposal Facility free of charge. From Yard & Garden Waste we make RDNO-Gro which is used for gardening and landscaping throughout the North Okanagan.

What is Yard and Garden Waste?

"Yard and Garden Waste" is any plant material that comes from yard and garden management.

Organic material accepted by the RDNO includes:

  • trimmings and prunings (<8" diameter and 2 meters long)
  • leaves
  • grass
  • mulch
  • flowers
  • vegetable stalks (including pumpkins)
  • wood or herbaceous waste
  • wood chips
  • wind fallen fruit and vegetables; and
  • trees trunks and stumps (<8" diameter)

Yard waste does not include animal feces, cardboard, plastic, soil, rocks, fencing, fabric, netting and
other non-vegetated landscaping and gardening waste. Any material other than yard waste in the yard
waste stock pile at a DDF is not permitted.

Plastic Yard Waste Bags Contaminate Compost

Plastic bags are a big problem for yard waste that is used to make compost. When plastic bags are mixed with yard waste they may be shredded into small pieces when the materials are chipped, which reduces opportunities for compost to be used. Just one bag can be shredded into thousands of plastic fragments. The small pieces of plastic then pollute our land and water and reduce the usefulness of the compost.

Some alternatives to bringing yard waste to Diversion & Disposal Facilities in plastic bags are:

  • Using reusable containers or kraft paper bags
  • Bringing materials unbagged but remember to secure your load
  • Keeping leaves for a valuable garden bed mulch or store to make leaf mold that will improve soil and protect plant roots
  • Using leaves in your backyard compost, they are an excellent ingredient for controlling odors, preventing pests and making great compost
  • Grasscycling by leaving mowed grass on the lawn which improves the health of lawns and saves you time

Please make sure all bagged Yard & Garden Waste is emptied. If you are not reusing your bags, emptied plastic bags go to garbage and emptied paper bags can be added to the Yard & Garden Waste pile

For more information for using leaves for composting and yard care check out our Home Composting & Yard Care webpage.

Questions? Email us at [email protected], or visit our Contact Us page for all other inquiries.