As Saanich continues to play catch up with its leaf collection schedule, residents can place smaller piles into their green organics carts. District of Saanich.

Climate change possibly behind delays in Saanich’s leaf collection

Saanich hopes to have collected all leaves by mid-January 2019

Climate change might be one of the reasons why Saanich’s leaf collection program is running behind schedule.

Steven Wiebe, Saanich’s manager of fleet and solid waste services, said leaves stayed on local trees one to three weeks longer than in years past, depending on the tree species and area.

This delayed the start of leaf collection for two weeks, according to Wiebe. The number of available trucks and other challenges then caused additional delays, he added.

While the reasons the leaves remained on trees longer is unknown, Wiebe said climate change could be a factor.

Saanich crews have now been working hard since early December to get back on schedule, said Wiebe, who expects collection to wrap up by mid-to-late January.

Residents whose leaves remain uncollected by Jan. 18 should contact Saanich by phone or email, he said.

RELATED: 60,000 still without power; wind warning continues across Vancouver Island

If they remain concerned about piling up leaves, residents can place smaller piles in their green organics cart for regular pickup. Residents who have large piles awaiting pickup, can protect them by placing tarps over them. They can also drop them off free at Saanich’s public works yard on McKenzie Avenue.

Saanich dedicates four re-furbished garbage trucks to collect leaves from residences in the urban containment boundary. Based on the last decade, crews pick up an average of 350 truck loads — an estimated 2,500 tons — from about 29,000 residential households each year.

wolfgang.depner@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Ongoing Saanich Schools strike forces production of ‘Matilda the Musical’ to Esquimalt High

Four Seasons Musical Theatre had to find alternative venue for production

Saanich Peninsula parents accuse district of leveraging deadline

Support workers receive show of solidarity from parents during rally outside school district office

Saanich ranked third for participation in FortisBC energy-efficient upgrades program

800 older apartment buildings in B.C. have received upgrades since 2015

Provincial funding allows Greater Victoria immigrants, refugees better access to counselling services

The Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees was a recipient of new funds

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 12

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Jagmeet Singh says he’ll vote against throne speech if NDP requests not met

Singh is to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday

Community uses loophole to paint 16 rainbow crosswalks after B.C. council says no

So far 11 rainbows are painted and five planned, all since council denied the first proposal in September

Workers’ camp at LNG facility in Kitimat takes shape

Extensive worker camp now being assembled

Former B.C. youth pastor guilty on one of five sexual assault allegations

Judge cites reasonable doubt in finding Cloverdale couple not guilty of majority of charges

238 and counting: Vancouver gelato shop sets Guinness World record for most flavours

Vince Misceo has come up with 588 different flavours over the decades

Most Read