Front street garbage and recycling collection will continue until April 14 in Red Deer.
And now the city is asking residents to place their garbage and recyclables in special breaks in windrows as the snowplows come through their neighbourhoods.
The city had to abandon all back lane pickup earlier because of record snowfall, followed by warm weather and melting.
As more residential areas receive the full priority 6 residential plow currently underway, snowplow crews will create breaks in the windrows for residents to place their garbage and blue boxes on pickup day.
Every few households are asked to share the windrow breaks, and residents with windrows on their side of the street are asked to place their garbage and recycling in the nearest shared break for collection.
With better driving conditions in front streets and continued plowing efforts focused there, the city had to switch to citywide front street collection because contractors’ trucks were getting stuck in lanes.
Starting April 14, households that received lane pickup prior to Jan. 20 can once again place garbage and blue boxes in their lanes, while homes that always received front street collection will see no change.
The switch back to the usual collection points coincides with the start of yard waste pickup on the second Monday in April.
“With two months left to go, we’re reminding residents to move all waste to the front before the spring thaw. Anything left in lanes most of the winter will get really messy as things melt,” said Janet Whitesell, Waste Management Department superintendent.
“We acknowledge that we weren’t meeting the needs of our customers, so we made a major operational change for the rest of the winter,” said Whitesell.
“We appreciate the patience of our customers for understanding that although we may have experienced delays, we have continually made adjustments this winter in an effort to provide collection service.”
Customers with questions about garbage and recycling pickup can visit www.reddeer.ca or call the Blue Line at 403-340-2583.