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Thanksgiving service reminder: Transit, yard waste and back alley collection, winter maintenance zones and more

(Fort McMurray, AB – October 11, 2019) – As Thanksgiving approaches and friends and family gather to celebrate, residents are reminded of important updates to municipal services, including yard waste and back alley collection, transit services, winter maintenance zones and more. 

On Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 14, transit service will operate on the statutory holiday schedule. The Sunday service schedule is available for routes 11 (Airport), 12 (Thickwood/Timberlea), 15 (Timberlea), 16 (Thickwood) and 99 (MacDonald Island) on all statutory holidays. Plan ahead at rmwb.ca/transit.   

Yard waste curbside collection will end for the season on Oct. 18 or earlier pending weather conditions. Residents are reminded to put yard waste into brown paper yard waste bags and place the bags at the curb, next to their bins, before 7:30 a.m. on their regularly scheduled collection day. Residents may drop off yard waste for free at the municipal landfill during regular operating hours. Learn more at rmwb.ca/yardwaste.

In an effort to improve safety and provide more room on residential streets, the municipality is adding back alley collection services to targeted areas. Households experiencing a change to curbside collection services will receive a letter and notice on their bins. Crews will begin collecting bins from back alleyways beginning the week of Oct. 22 for the following streets: 

Archibald Bay
Saline Creek Way                                             
Starling Street   
Sandpiper Road                                
Swallow Way

Residents may view a map of all back alley locations and learn more here

Residents may drop off pumpkins for free from Nov. 1 – 10 in designated bins located in the parking lots at the Safeway downtown, Sobeys in Thickwood, or the Independent in Timberlea. 

The municipal landfill will be open on Thanksgiving Monday (Oct. 14) during regular hours of operation, which are 8:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Please note that the public drop off scale has closed for the season. Residents may still drop off items at the landfill during regular hours of operation but must use the commercial scale.

Everyone celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend is reminded not to put food scraps or fat, oil and grease (FOG) down the drain. Disposing of food scraps or pouring FOG down the drain can clog pipes, reduce plumbing flow, create odour and even cause sewer backups. The results can be very costly for property owners and can have a significant impact on tax dollars through ongoing repair and maintenance of underground infrastructure. Residents can learn more about FOG and simple habits they can incorporate to protect their property and investment at rmwb.ca/fog.    

Watch out for on-street parking restrictions once the Winter Maintenance Zones (WMZ) season begins Tuesday, Oct. 15. As winter conditions aren’t anticipated next week, all WMZs will be relaxed until winter maintenance is needed and further notice provided. On-street parking restrictions are not in effect when WMZs are relaxed. Residents are reminded to follow posted signage along residential streets and stay up to date on the status of WMZs, by signing up for WMZ email alerts at rmwb.ca/snowplow.    

For questions or further information, the Pulse line is available throughout Thanksgiving weekend at 780-743-7000, or 1-800-973-9663 (toll free), or online at rmwb.ca/pulse


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