Yard Waste Drop-Off 

The yard and garden waste collected at landfills is chipped and made into windrows to be composted. Diverting yard and garden waste from your garbage:

  • Extends the life of a landfill
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions (methane gas)
  • Produces an end product, compost, which can be used by the community to put nutrients back into the soil.

Yard Waste Compost Bags

Paper bags are acceptable in the yard waste pile, but plastic bags must be emptied.

Small loads

Free disposal of yard and garden waste will remain in place for smaller vehicles or trailers with a single axle including: 

  • cars
  • SUVs
  • pick-up trucks
  • single-axle dump/bin trucks
  • single-axle trailers

Bulk loads

There will be a tipping fee applied to bulk loads of yard and garden waste disposed of at Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) landfills beginning March 1, 2021. 

The purpose of this fee change is to standardize disposal rates for larger commercial type operations doing land clearing type activities.


A graphic illustrating the Revised Tipping fee changes in 2021

The fee will be $80/tonne for disposal of land clearing or yard waste brought to the landfill in large vehicles or trailers. Larger vehicles/trailers are defined as anything with two or more rear axles and examples may include:

  • all tandem-axle trucks
  • all tandem-axle dump/bin trucks
  • all tandem-axle trailers

In addition, CSRD transfer stations will no longer be accepting load of yard waste from tandem-axle vehicles. These large vehicles will have to go to a CSRD landfill for disposal. This will ensure there will be available space for residents to drop off their yard waste at transfer stations.

We compost for you

The finished compost material is comprised only of the yard and garden material, not household organic material (food waste). 

Columbia Shuswap Kickin' Compost will be available to the public to purchase as batches are ready.

What You Can Place in the Yard & Garden Area

  • Flowers
  • Garden Waste
  • Grass Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Shrubs
  • Tree Branches/trunks (less than 8 inches in diameter)
  • Weeds that aren't noxious or invasive

What You Can't Leave in the Yard & Garden Area

  • Dirt or rock
  • Lumber (such as fence materials, pallets, or treated wood material)
  • Noxious or invasive weeds
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic flower pots
  • Trash of any kind (even a little bit causes contamination)