TNRD offering free garbage drop offs for community cleanups

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The TNRD is helping those who want to tackle community clean ups and beautify their neighbourhoods by offering free garbage drop off to not-for-profits and community volunteer groups.

“This initiative encourages the work of volunteer groups who donate their time to help beautify and protect publicly owned land such as parks, playgrounds, roads and lake/river shoreline in our region,” reads a TNRD statement.

Community clean-up projects are eligible provided they are conducted by volunteers on behalf of a community group or non-profit society. This initiative does not replace the free disposal days which were previously hosted at TNRD waste management facilities but were discontinued this year by a vote by the Board of Directors.

Only garbage will be accepted, recyclables such as paper, plastic, metal, glass containers, etc. must be separated and properly disposed of at TNRD facilities. Returning these items to an eco-depot in the TNRD is always free of charge.

Product Stewardship items such as electronics, appliances and tires must also be properly separated. Hazardous and Operational Impact Materials such as large drums or barrels, gypsum and asbestos must be disposed of properly for environmental and personal safety, more details regarding these items can be found on the TNRD website.

For free disposal following a community clean up, you must apply to the TNRD a minimum of five days prior to the clean-up day. You may apply by calling 250-378-8673 or by emailing

You must provide the following details:

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald