Spring waste collection reminders for residents and landlords
Most would agree: it was a long, long winter. Now that spring has arrived, many of us are eager to get outdoors for some spring cleanup. Please take a moment to review these important waste collection tips and reminders for residents and landlords in the Town of Yarmouth.
Yard Waste & Branch Collection
• Remember, plastic bags can no longer be used to put out leaves and yard waste for pickup. Please use your green cart or paper bags.
• When placing branches out for pickup, please think of our collectors who have to lift those branches! Make sure branches are tied or bundled in armload sizes not exceeding 5 bundles per pickup.
• Special Brush & Branches Pickup - April 22nd - This is the date for the annual collection of brush, bushes, and small tree limbs in the Town of Yarmouth. Limbs must be limited to 4 feet in length and a maximum diameter of 6 inches. Quantities must be limited to a maximum volume of 2.5 cubic yards.
Waste Collection Schedule
• Remember, there is no longer spring and fall pickup within the town. Residential cleanup is collected on your regularly scheduled garbage days.
• Metals and white goods are collected on the last Friday of each month. Waste wood is picked up on the first Friday of each month from April to November (excluding holidays).
• You can access the full 2022 collection schedule and waste separation guide from our website. You can also download the “Recycle Coach” app to receive collection reminders and view the schedule from your smartphone! Visit townofyarmouth.ca/collection-schedule.html (On the right: a screenshot of the Recycle Coach App)
Put Out Waste on the DAY OF Collection
The best practice is to place your waste at curbside on the day of collection. Why?
WIND - when placed out too early, waste often ends up blown throughout streets and neighbouring properties, especially when not secured in cans.
WILDLIFE - bags of waste put out too early can attract rats, raccoons, and other pests that feed at night. The result is torn open bags and more unwanted wildlife in town.
Please help keep our community clean. Put out your waste in secure cans on the day of collection.
Secure Your Waste Between Collections
It’s your responsibility to store your waste and recyclables securely on your property between collection dates. Unsecured garbage can attract pests and end up blown to neighbouring properties and streets. Please secure your waste between collections in rodent-proof cans or containers with tight-fitting lids. Not securing your waste could lead to a fine under the town’s Solid Waste Resource Bylaw (Bylaw 21).
Attention Landlords: Waste Collection and Storage for Tenants
It is the responsibility of landlords to provide and maintain secure storage, sized appropriately to hold all waste generated between collection dates for their tenants. Please store waste in side or back yards in containers that are waterproof, impervious to domestic and wild animals and rodents, and designed to avoid the entrapment of children. Also, if you are a landlord in the Town of Yarmouth, please remember that buildings with 4 units and under are eligible for weekly waste collection. Buildings with 5 units or more must arrange their own waste collection.
Please Note: the above reminders are meant to guide Town of Yarmouth residents and landlords only. Please check with your municipality if you have questions around waste collection in your area.
Monthly FYIs for April
Town Hall Easter Hours
Town Hall will be closed on Good Friday (Friday, April 15th) and Easter Monday (Monday, April 18th).
Upcoming Council meetings
At the time of this article’s publishing, Council meetings are still being held virtually due to renovations at Town Hall. You can watch meetings live through our website at townofyarmouth.ca/ agenda-and-minutes-livestream.html
- Regular Town Council Virtual Meeting Thursday, April 14th, 6:30 pm (to be aired on Eastlink Community TV on Thursday, April 21st at 6:30 pm)
- Committee of the Whole Virtual Council Meeting Thursday, April 28th, 3:30 pm
Adopt-a-Block is back!
Communities in Bloom Yarmouth is again encouraging individuals, organizations, businesses, or a group of friends to “Adopt-a-Block” and get together to tidy up our community. The 2022 spring program runs April 22nd - May 6th. To register your cleanup area, please call the Waste Check office at 902-742-1312. Waste Check also has bags and gloves available.
Transit Notice: Monthly Pass Sales/Easter Hours
Please be advised that as of April 1st, monthly transit passes are no longer sold at retail locations and can only be purchased at Yarmouth Town Hall, 400 Main Street during regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. One-pass tickets will still be sold at Town Hall and retail locations. Please note that transit will not be in service on Good Friday (Friday, April 15th).
2022 Downtown Mural Grant Program – Application deadline Extended!
Employment Opportunity: Water Treatment Plant Operator
The Town of Yarmouth currently has an opening for Water Treatment Plant Operator. In this challenging and exciting role, you will be required to undertake water treatment facility operational duties, as well as duties related to the monitoring of the water quality, in the facility, in the distribution system, and in the watershed, as assigned by the Chief Operator. For complete details and to apply, please visit https://www.townofyarmouth.ca/water-treatment-plant-operator.html
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