Everything you ever wanted to know about garbage and recycling is available from the Regional Waste Reduction Office. As a program of the City of Kelowna, Regional District and District's of Peachland, Lake Country and West Kelowna, the Waste Reduction Office implements programs to help reduce garbage going to the Glenmore Landfill. Reducing waste conserves natural resources, energy and space in the region's only active landfill, protects the environment and saves future tax dollars.
Staff are available to provide information and assistance 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday excluding holidays. Fun and informative presentations for groups or schools are available on a wide range of topics.
A number of special events are held throughout the year to encourage residents to recycle or reuse materials such as the Trunk Sale and Composter Sale.
Waste Reduction Office News
Create Memories, Not Garbage
This holiday season, remember that whenever possible, Create Memories, Not Garbage! That's the theme of this seasonal program from the Regional Waste Reduction Office, designed to help encourage your family to think about not creating garbage or materials that require recycling in gift-giving. View News Release and link to Create Memories, Not Garbage webpage, information and videos.
Keep Animals Out Of Your Trash
There have been a number of reports already this spring of wildlife-residential garbage conflicts throughout the Central Okanagan. The Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds residents to take steps to keep their garbage secure and not to place curbside collection carts out to the street before 7:00 am on your scheduled day of pickup. View News Release
Home Cooking Oils/Grease Recycling
There are now two locations for you to recycle your used household cooking oils and congealed greases. Drop offs have been set up at the Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre on Asquith Road in West Kelowna. View News Release for more details.
You can take the Paper-free home pledge and make a difference in the amount of paper your home generates for recycling!
The Regional Waste Reduction Office is spearheading a new campaign to reduce the amount of paper generated by residents in the Central Okanagan. Learn more about this Paper Free Home campaign, Seven Easy Steps to a Paper-free Home and the Paper Free Pledge. View Poster
Three Composting Info Pamphlets
With the tremendous response to the recent Composter Sale, the Regional Waste Reduction Office has produced three new pamphlets to help you get the most from your new unit! Check out:
You can also visit our Composting Information page for more helpful tips.
Cameras Target Curbside Trash Contaminators
Repeatedly tossing the wrong materials into your curbside waste carts could find you receiving a $150 fine. New technology is being used to enforce Solid Waste Management Bylaws all areas of the Central Okanagan receiving weekly curbside solid waste pickup.
My Waste App Available
The Regional Waste Reduction Office has launched a new, free mobile phone and tablet application for recycling and garbage. It's called 'My Waste App' and can be easily downloaded for those with internet-enabled smartphones or tablet devices. It's like having the Living Green Calendar at your fingertips. View News Release
Help Stamp Out Illegal Dumping!
Illegal dumping costs us all. You can help combat illegal dumping activity by filling out a new online form. Find out more on how you can help by viewing this News Release or visiting the Illegal Dumping webpage
Year Round Household Hazardous Waste Disposal!
Battery Doctors on Windsor Road is the new location for year round drop off and safe disposal of your household hazardous waste materials. The Final Hazardous Waste Round Up event is history, and we've launched a six day a week disposal option for Central Okanagan residents. Link to new Year Round Disposal Location and Options for Household Hazardous Waste products.
Living Greener in the Central Okanagan (Television Commercials)
- To view these commercials you will need the free Windows Media Player
Link to Automated Waste Collection Program webpage and information on proper use of the carts and how to use the carts during winter months. Winter Cart Placement Video (To view you may need the free Windows Media Player)
How We're Doing?
Since 1999, a number of areas have been tracked to provide a benchmark and indication of how our Waste Management programs are performing. Here's how we're doing in the areas of Solid Waste, Recycling and Hazardous Waste.