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What to Recycle

Paying attention to what we put in our garbage at home can save us money.  Our most recent survey has found 37 per cent of the residential garbage that we currently send to the landfill is recyclable.  Reducing waste conserves natural resources, energy and space in local landfills, protects the environment and saves future tax dollars. 

Before heading to the garbage to dispose of an item, consider if it has a place in your blue cart.  Perhaps you have items that others may find useful?  View our  Living Greener Calendar  for all of the recycling options and programs available in the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  You may also use the website online map system to determine your regular curbside garbage and recycling collection day.  Follow the link to the RDCO Web Maps.

2014 Living Greener Calendar

 

The following materials are accepted in the blue carts for curbside recycling collection, as well as at the recycling depots. There is no need to sort materials for curbside collection; just flatten and throw all recyclables into the blue cart!   Link to Recycling Directory

 

Tin Cans

  • all tin cans with lids attached
  • empty and rinse
  • labels ok
  • no beverage containers(return for refund)

Corrugated Cardboard

  • clean cardboard only
  • no wax or plastic coating
  • flatten boxes or cut up to fit in recycling cart with lid closed 

Aluminum

  • foil and food containers
  • empty and rinse
  • labels ok
  • no beverage containers.(return for refund)

Boxboard & Heavy Paper

  • cereal box type cardboard, brown envelopes, paper bags, cardboard, egg cartons, gift wrap, etc.
  • flatten boxes and remove liners
  • no foil gift wrap or waxed, plastic coated cartons (return wax coated milk containers to your local bottle depot for recycling).

No. 1 - 7 Plastics & Containers

  • all plastic containers with # 1 - 7 recycling symbols (simply remove lids, rinse and flatten)
  • all stretchy plastic film including grocery bags

Books & Magazines

  • all magazines, catalogues, and books without hard covers
  • no plastic binders

Newspapers

  • all newspapers and flyers, including all inserts and ad mail
  • do not bundle

Phone books

  • all phone directories

Writing Paper

  • all white, neon, coloured paper and envelopes
  • all computer paper, labels and envelopes with windows
  • no carbon paper, used tissue, or paper towels
  • all papers and corrugated cardboard are not accepted as garbage.Please recycle

Glass Jars & Bottles

   

Waxed Dairy Containers

  • wax coated milk and milk substitute containers are not accepted in curbside recycling
  • please return these to your local bottle depot for recycling
       

Many other items can be recycled, from eyeglasses to propane tanks. For more information view our Living Greener Calendar also available from the Waste Reduction Office at 1450 KLO Road.  2014 Living Greener Calendar

 

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How successful is the residential recycling program?

The residential recycling program has been operating in the Central Okanagan since July 2000.  Each year the program has seen higher volumes of materials collected.  In early 2007, the number of plastics accepted by the residential recycling program increased and residents overwhelmingly supported this expansion in service.

Who participates in the Blue Cart recycling program?

The Blue Cart Curbside Recycling Program is only for homes on garbage collection provided by municipal or regional government.

Most multi-family complexes are not included in municipal curbside collection.  However, as of May 2006, new Bylaws require property owners and strata councils to provide onside recycling for residents living in multi-family complexes.  For materials not collected in your onsite recycling program, there are four recycling depots available for drop-off service.
If your complex does not offer recycling options, you can also talk to your property manager or strata council about setting up a recycling program, and then contact the following residential recycling haulers to make arrangements for pickup service:

  • BFI (250) 765-0565 
  • Cascades Recovery Inc. (250) 491-2242
  • For Less Disposal (250) 878-4998
  • OK Environmental Waste Systems (250) 868-3211
  • Supersave Disposal (250) 861-9433
  • Waste Management (250) 861-8788
  • Valley Pro Recycling (250) 717-6056

Recycling Schedule

Recycling is picked up every other week. Place your recycling out for collection on your regular garbage day, once every other week. To find out your collection day and week, call OK Environmental Waste Systems at 250-868-3211or view a map of your area.  You may also use the website online map system to determine your regular curbside garbage and recycling collection day.  Follow the link to the RDCO Web Maps and follow the directions.

Regulations for Curbside Collection

  • Recyclables can be co-mingled there is no need to separate
  • Place recycling out for collection by 7:00 am on regular garbage days
  • All recycling must fit into the blue wheeled cart designed for recyclable products and the lid must be closed
  • Garbage and recycling are collected by different trucks 
  • No garbage or household waste  Link to Recycling Directory
  • No glass containers.  Glass must be returned to a recycling or bottle depot 
  • No beverage containers
  • Cardboard, paper, newspaper, metal food containers, plastic household containers and plastic film are mandatory recyclables and are not accepted at the landfill as garbage
  • Curbside pickup is only for homes on garbage collection provided by municipal or regional government

Where can I obtain a larger blue recycling cart?

Please contact OK Environmental Waste Systems at 250-868-3211.

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.

 

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FAQ's

  • Q. What day will my recycling be picked up?
    A. To determine what day of the week your recycling will be picked up, view a map for your area .
     
  • Q. I live in a gated community and we don't have curbside collection for recycling.   How can I recycle?
    A.As of May  2006, new Bylaws require property owners and strata councils to provide onsite recycling for residents living in multi-family complexes.  You can speak to your property manager or strata council about setting up a recycling program, and then contact the following residential recycling haulers to make arrangements for pickup service:
    • BFI (250) 765-0565 
    • Cascades Recovery Inc. (250) 491-2242
    • For Less Disposal (250) 878-4998
    • OK Environmental Waste Systems (250) 868-3211
    • Super Save Disposal (250) 861-9433
    • Waste Management (250) 861-8788
    • Valley Pro Recycling (250) 717-6056
        
  • Q. What do I do with materials that are not included in the blue cart program?
    A. Many other items can be recycled, from eyeglasses, electronics and small appliances to propane tanks and even medications.   More information can be found by viewing our Recycling Directory, checking out our Other Recycling webpage, or searching the Recycling Council of BC Recyclepedia at www.rcbc.bc.ca or visit www.bcstewards.com for a list of Provincial Extended Producer Responsibility recycling programs.  Of course, you may also contact our staff at the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 1450 KLO Road by email recycle@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6250.
     
  • Q. How can I dispose of my hazardous wastes?
    A. Hazardous waste disposal information
     
  • Q. Where do my recyclable materials go?
    A. All of the paper, cardboard and office paper are shipped to mills in the United States.  The newspaper is used to make new newspaper and mixed paper is made into egg and fruit cartons.  The cardboard and boxboard are turned into new boxes again.  Office paper and shredded paper collected from businesses are shipped to tissue plants.  The high grade plastics are sent to Merlin Plastic in Delta, BC and recycling into non-food plastic containers.  Low grade plastics are ship overseas and manufactured into car parts, computers, etc.  Tin is also shipped into the US where it is melted and made into rebar and other metal products.
      
  • Q. What is the right answer to the question I'm always asked at the supermarket checkout line, Paper or Plastic?
    A. From an environmental point of view, the correct answer is "Neither, I brought my own bag." While good arguments can be made about whether paper or plastic is more easily recycled, or which type of bag is made from the highest percentage of recycled material, reducing the need for a new bag is the most effective way to reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
     
  • Q. Is everything in my blue cart really recycled?
    A. Yes. All items that are accepted into the blue cart program are recycled. Central Okanagan recycling programs can only accept materials for which there is a secure market.
     
  • Q. Can I recycle Styrofoam?
    A. No. Styrofoam containers are not recyclable. To avoid disposing of Styrofoam in the garbage, try to steer clear of buying products that contain Styrofoam packaging. For example, choose eggs in a paper carton instead, or use a reusable travel mug for coffee rather than a Styrofoam cup. If you do have to buy products with Styrofoam, try to find another use for the material afterwards. Many preschools or daycares will take Styrofoam egg cartons or meat packs to use for arts and crafts. The UPS store and Barefoot Venus accept Styrofoam packaging chips for reuse.
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