Chipping program starts early

Moved up a month after recent storm to do brush cleanup

  • Sep. 10, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Streets were clogged with downed trees following Saturday's storm.

Streets were clogged with downed trees following Saturday's storm.

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The City of Maple Ridge is advancing its fall chipping program by a month in order to deal with the trees and branches knocked over by the Aug. 28 wind storm.

Starting Sept. 15, people who live west of 224th Street can set out their branches and shrubs at curbside.

After Oct. 5, people who live east of 224th Street can set out their woody debris.

That doesn’t mean that crews will be there on those dates.

Given the amount of debris knocked down by the storm, crews may take a while cleaning up the streets.

“The request to move the chipping program dates forward reflects the city’s desire to help citizens recover from this event quickly and efficiently,” said Mayor Nicole Read.

The information on the chipping program can be found on the city website at www.mapleridge.ca/357/Brush-Chipping.

The program includes pick up and disposal of tree and shrub branches. Branches may be up to 15 centimetres in diameter.

No construction waste, building materials, stumps, leaves, branches with thorns (rose bushes, blackberries), vines (including willow branches), bamboo, root balls, or household waste will be permitted.

The purpose of this program is to provide an alternative to burning this material.

For people who have more volume, there is a green waste area at the Maple Ridge Transfer Station located next to the Recycling Depot at 10092 – 236th Street, Maple Ridge. Green waste tipping fees will apply.

For any reports of damaged trees on public property or other concerns relating to the windstorm, call the city’s operations centre at 604-463-9581.

No pre-booking is necessary and there will be no specific day or time for pickup.