Parksville’s annual wood chipping program is gearing up for 2022, and will take place throughout April.
A release from the city stated it will be the only wood chipping program offered this year.
Properties located west of Craig Street will receive collection between April 4 and April 14. Properties located east of Craig Street will receive collection between April 19 and April 29.
Residents looking to have wood collected will need to place their materials curbside by 8 a.m. on April 4 (for properties west of Craig Street) and April 19 (for properties east of Craig Street).
The only items that may be placed on the curbside prior to the first scheduled collection date are; branches with a maximum diameter of six inches (15 centimetres), stacked with the larger end (trunk) facing the roadway; and smaller shrub branches piled for ease of access by the chipping crew.
As rocks, stumps and construction waste can cause injury to the chipping crew, they must not be included in the piles.
Materials such as pampas grass, yucca, clematis and wisteria vines cannot be chipped due to safety issues. Piles containing these items will not be removed by the chipping crew. These materials, along with compostable vegetation, garden debris, leaves and grass clippings can be taken to the Church Road Transfer Station, located at 860 Church Rd. in Parksville, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
Piles must also not exceed five feet wide, by five feet long, by three feet high. Only one pile per residence will be removed by the chipping crew.
They city asks residents to refrain from combining piles from multiple households as it is more difficult and time consuming for the crew to take apart large piles than it is for them to handle smaller piles. When placing your chipping pile, do not to obstruct your property’s city water connection box in the event access is required for maintenance.
Questions about the wood chipping program can be directed to the operations department at 250-248-5412, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available on the city’s website at www.parksville.ca.
– NEWS Staff, submitted