Operators of the Parr Road Green Depot have extended their hours on Saturday

Operators of the Parr Road Green Depot have extended their hours on Saturday

Saturday is storm debris drop-off day in Chilliwack

They won't take anything over eight inches in diameter, nor can they take stumps or rootballs

Did your trees get hit hard in the ice storm?

Operators of the Parr Road Green Depot have extended their hours on Saturday to allow Chilliwack residents to drop off their storm yard waste, branches and tree debris — for free.

Coun. Ken Popove asked during the council meeting Tuesday if the offer could be extended beyond Saturday if one day isn’t enough, and if they received requests for an extension.

“We’ll see what happens on that day,” replied David Blain, director of engineering.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz said the free drop-off day will hopefully cut down on the number of people who will seek to burn their branches, on agricultural land for example, which would be bad for the air quality.

“The amount we will have to pay will be worth it,” she said.

City council voted this week to cover the estimated cost of $10,000 to $15,000 in storm debris tipping fees for residents. The money will come from the city’s landfill reserve funds.

There are a few restrictions. No stumps or root balls will be accepted. They won’t take anything over eight inches in diameter. No construction or demolition wood, and no painted or treated wood. No extra-large or dump truck loads.

The depot will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 only at 45175 Parr Road.

Questions? Call 604-793-2907.