Enhanced Collection for Storm Related Yard Waste and Bulk Brush Begins March 31

In December, Halton experienced a tremendous ice storm that caused significant damage to many trees and shrubs across the Region. Since the storm, Halton Region has been working closely with the Local Municipalities to implement a coordinated response to manage yard waste brush and debris. As part of this response, Halton has implemented a special bulk brush collection program that will run on the same day as yard waste collection this spring.

Beginning Monday, March 31 until mid-December, the Region’s annual yard waste collection services will run in Burlington collection areas 1-7, Halton Hills collection areas 3-5, Milton collection areas 3-5, and Oakville collection areas 1-8. Residents must place their yard waste material in compostable paper bags or reusable rigid containers or bundle and tie brush for collection on their scheduled yard waste collection day. 

The special bulk brush collection program will also begin on March 31 in Burlington collection areas 1-7, Halton Hills collection areas 3-5, Milton collection areas 3-5, and Oakville collection areas 1-8 and runs until May 30, 2014. 

Bulk brush must be placed in one pile no larger than 10 feet long by six feet wide and be no more than 4 feet high, with branches a maximum of 3 inches in diameter. Residents who have bulk brush materials that are larger than 3 inches in diameter must make their own arrangements to have the materials collected and taken for disposal as these larger materials are unable to be collected safely in standard yard waste collection vehicles. 

In addition to the enhanced bulk brush collection, storm related brush debris and chipped materials can also be dropped off at the Halton Waste Management Site by residents and contractors free of charge until May 31, 2014. 

Since the storm in December, Halton’s Waste Management Services has provided additional collection vehicles and forestry equipment to collect and chip brush debris roadside, set up temporary transfer sites for residents and contractors to drop off materials at no fee and also waived the tipping fee for storm related debris to be dropped off at the Halton Waste Management Site. 

For more information on Halton’s yard waste program or the special bulk brush collection program, dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/waste.

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