Tipping fees for tree waste temporarily suspended

In this Saturday, July 23, 2016 supplied photo, a tree is snapped off near the base after an intense thunderstorm rolled through the area the night before. (Supplied via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – In the wake of Friday’s powerful thunderstorm, the city is temporarily suspending tipping fees for tree debris.

The city’s parks department is out this week chipping, clearing tree limbs and about two dozen full trees after a microburst hit the eastern section of Cornwall Friday, July 22, 2016.

But property owners are responsible for their own cleanup on private property.

In order to help with that, the city is suspending tipping fees at the landfill site for loads of tree debris from today (July 26) until Aug. 6.

You can also put leaf and yard waste at the curb as well, but it has to be in paper bags or wrapped in bundles no bigger than 1 meter long, 1 meter in diameter and must weigh no more than 27 kilograms (3 feet long, 3 feet in diameter and no more than 60 pounds).

Other small debris, like leaves and clippings, can also be bagged or in containers.

As for the city’s work, Arborist Supervisor Scott Porter told Cornwall Newswatch Monday it will take most of this week to clean up the debris.