Residents of Stoddart Estates will be able to take part in a Community Debris Bin Event hosted by the East Kootenay FireSmart Program later this month.

“The Debris Bin Event is a convenient and accessible way for residents who are trying to clear their properties of combustible materials, to dispose of that debris,” said local FireSmart representative Thomas Dobbin. “Yard waste that would otherwise have to be hauled to the Columbia Valley Landfill can be placed in the bin for a period of two weeks. This is an opportunity for the community to come together to work toward the goal of becoming a more fire-resilient place to live and play.”

The bin will be in place from June 12 to 25 to allow residents plenty of opportunity to drop off their yard debris. It will be located near Lot #5 in Stoddart Estates. Materials accepted include grass, needles, leaves, brush, and tree limbs measuring under eight inches in diameter. No construction materials, treated wood, or root balls.

There is no cost to drop off yard waste, but residents are asked to track their work hours, as it is an important component of maintaining the community’s status as a FireSmart Canada nationally recognized neighbourhood.

Additionally, residents are invited to attend a free Wildfire Preparedness Day barbecue next to the bin on June 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

To learn more about the program or how to submit hours tracked, visit