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The City of Kelowna and Regional Waste Reduction Office launched a program in 2010 to reduce the amount of recyclables businesses, institutions and apartment and condo complexes are throwing in the garbage.

In June 2012, after more than a year of working with commercial/business haulers and their clients, the Regional Waste Reduction Office and City advised of increased garbage monitoring and scrutiny of Business/Commercial loads and surcharges at the Glenmore Landfill.   View June 2012 News Release 

View Past News Releases

The program is in response to the results of a comprehensive waste composition study conducted at the Glenmore landfill in 2010. It showed approximately 50% of garbage originating from local businesses, institutions and multi- family developments could have been diverted into an existing recycling program. Since businesses create over half of the waste produced in the Central Okanagan, disposing of your garbage in the most responsible way possible, both environmentally and socially becomes increasingly important.

This section of the website is designed to assist you in bringing your current garbage and recycling programs in line with new waste diversion requirements. The following three-step process will ensure you are doing everything you can to dispose of your waste properly and avoid incurring unnecessary surcharges.  Sample Surcharge Here

Tips and Strategies to Better Dispose of Your Waste

Step 1: Be Informed
  • Know what materials are banned:

    • Aluminum and metal food containers
    • Asphalt and Concrete
    • Batteries (all types)
    • Beverage Containers (pop cans, glass, plastic bottles)
    • Cardboard/Boxboard
    • Cell Phones
    • Drywall
    • Electronic Equipment(Computers and peripherals, TV's, stereos, telephones, cameras, video equip, etc) www.return-it.ca/electronics
    • Hazardous waste

  • Lighting products (bulbs, fixtures, light strings etc.) www.productcare.org/lights/
  • Metal(including items with a large metal component)
  • Outdoor Power Equipment (mowers, washers, trimmers, chain saws etc.) www.opeic.ca
  • Paper(magazines, office paper, newspaper/flyers, etc)
  • Plastic containers
  • Plastic film(plastic bags, pallet wrap)
  • Small appliances and Power Tools - www.electrorecycle.ca
  • Tires
  • Yard waste
Banned Materials Disposal Directory - Print version


Step 2: Know Your Waste
  • Conduct a simple waste audit

Waste Audit Form


Step 3: Make a Plan
Complete Commercial Recycling and Safe Disposal Directory - watch for updated Directory!
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