Residents will have less than two months to have their Pine Beetle infested trees hauled away for free after Fort St. John City Council voted in favour of stopping its curbside pickup of the waste.
Citing the time it takes to provide the service for a limited number of residents when workers could be providing other road maintenance services that benefit all residents, after nearly four years, the City will no longer be providing free curbside pickup of Pine Beetle infested waste.
The City says when it first began providing the free curbside pickup in September 2007 it had identified approximately 65 per cent of the more than 550 pine trees in the city as either dead or dying because of a Mountain Pine Beetle infestation. However, it says only around 10 per cent of those trees were on City-owned land, whereas the rest were located on private land.
Residents will have until Sept. 30 to utilize the City’s free curbside pickup program. However, they will still have access to a free dump site for the waste until Dec. 31, 2012.