Parksville wood chipping program will run April 4–29

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The city’s wood chipping program will run from April 4 through April 29. It will be the only wood chipping program offered in Parksville this year.

Properties located west of Craig Street will receive collection between April 4 –14 and collection for properties east of Craig Street is scheduled for April 19–29, according to a media release by the city.

Materials must be at at the curb by 8 a.m. on April 4 for properties west of Craig Street and April 19 for properties east of Craig Street.

The city asks that only the following items be placed on the boulevard:

-Branches with a maximum diameter of 6 inches (15 cm), stacked with the larger end of the branch or trunk facing the roadway;

-Smaller shrub branches piled for ease of access by the chipping crew.

Rocks, stumps and construction waste may cause injury to chipper operators and must not be included in the piles. 

Due to safety issues, materials such as pampas grass, yucca, clematis and wisteria vines cannot by chipped. These materials, along with compostable vegetation, garden debris, leaves, and grass clippings may be taken to the Church Road Transfer Station (open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily). Piles containing these items will not be removed by the chipping crew.

Piles must be limited to 5 ft wide x 5 ft long x 3 ft high and only one pile per residence will be removed by the chipping crew. The city asks residents to not combine piles from multiple households as it is more difficult and time consuming to take apart large piles than it is for them to handle smaller piles. Piles must not obstruct city water connection boxes in the event access is required for maintenance.

Residents can direct questions about the chipping program to the city’s operations department (ops@parksville.ca or 250 248-5412).

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