NEAT accepts yard waste once a month

Myron Mayne
07/09/2018

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The Northern Environmental Action Team will be holding a yard waste collection this Saturday at the Kid’s Arena in Fort St. John.
 
The partnership between the City of Fort St. John and NEAT has been happening for several years – and they say they’ve seen a high demand from locals.
 
Although collection began in the spring, NEAT will continue to accept yard waste once a month until October 13th.
 
The organization says only yard waste will be accepted.
 
“Basically our yard waste collections we’re looking at anything that comes out of your yard. We’ll take grass clippings, weeds as long as they’re not evasive weeds – there’s another program for that, any of your tree clippings, anything that’s coming out of your garden,” said Karen Mason-Bennett, Executive Director.
 
If you’re unsure, NEAT urges locals to contact them through phone or social media.
 
The organization says yard waste collection is important in tackling climate change.
 
“When you add organics into landfills because landfills don’t allow oxygen into the effective face, it creates methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas and it is about twenty-five percent more efficient at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide is. So, keeping that organic material out of the landfill is going to reduce our carbon emissions,” said Mason-Bennett.
 
NEAT is asking residents not to bring plastic bags.
 
The collection will be happening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of 96th Avenue and 96th Street.

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