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Spring Yard Waste Clean-Up Week in Yorkton upcoming

Will be held from May 6-11.
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It has been customary for the City of Yorkton, with the recommendation from the Environmental Committee, to hold an annual Spring Yard Waste Clean-Up Week. (File Photo)

YORKTON - Spring Yard Waste Clean-Up Week 2024 will be held from May 6-11.

“It has been customary for the City of Yorkton, with the recommendation from the Environmental Committee, to hold an annual Spring Yard Waste Clean-Up Week,” said Lyndon Hicks, Solid Waste & Environmental Programs Manager with the city at the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday where the week was approved.

The week is to encourage City residents and School Divisions to clean up their yards and their school grounds, he added.

“Winter debris” is identified as grass, leaves, broken tree branches, grass mixed with garbage and debris that has collected and accumulated on properties during the winter months.

“This program will not cover tree pruning, disposal of entire trees, construction, demolition material or household materials such as furniture, lumber, carpet, beds or mattresses, etc. These materials are accepted at the landfill but residents will be required to pay the appropriate entrance fees,” noted Hicks.

The waiver of landfill fees for winter debris is available to Yorkton residents/community groups and schools that haul in their winter debris material by way of car, van, half-ton Truck, SUV, or utility trailer.

Spring Yard Waste Clean-Up Week Eligibility Criteria is as follows:

*Drivers must present to the landfill scale attendant, a valid driver’s licence with a Yorkton civic address (no post office box numbers will be allowed under the program).

* School division loads with identifiable vehicles and staff hauling any acceptable material.

* Cars, vans, half-ton trucks, sport utility vehicles, and utility trailers are eligible.

* Material being disposed of must meet the “winter debris” criteria.

The second aspect to Spring Clean-up Week involves a partnership with the Public Works and Recreation & Community Services departments. Working together we will deliver a city-wide clean up event which will focus on cleaning up parks, green spaces, and gateways or entry points to the city. We will be encouraging residents, community groups and businesses to register for this event and participate to help do their part in beautifying the city and building pride in our community, said Jessica Resler, Recreation Services Manager with the city.

Groups will be provided garbage pickers, high-visibility vests, and garbage bags for their use during clean up. An orientation will be delivered to each group to ensure safe practices while are followed. After registered community groups and organizations complete cleaning, the City will pick up the bagged garbage and dispose of it at the landfill.

As we recognize the commitment of all groups, we will be rewarding one youth based group with a pizza party and one adult based organization with a coffee break. Groups can register by calling the City’s Central Booking line at 306-786-1740, or by registering online at, said Resler.