The Regional Waste Reduction Office recently completed an update to it’s Solid Waste Management Plan. The update included a Public Technical Advisory Committee as well as consultation with the public throughout the region. One of the initiatives identified in the plan is to investigate the collection of bulky waste at the curb. In addition, it has been noted that a number of residents in the region have lengthy commutes to local disposal sites, namely residents in Lake Country, Peachland and part of Kelowna’s upper Mission area. This pilot will also help to identify whether curbside collection could replace the need for transfer stations in these areas.
How Will It Work?
The Bulky Waste Pilot will take place from October 10th to December 1st, 2017. 500 homes will be chosen (based on their distance to local disposal facilities) in Peachland, Lake Country and Kelowna to participate in the program. These residents will then be able to register to arrange for free collection of various bulky items or depot only items at their curb. Up to 3 items can be placed out per week during the pilot study timeframe.
- Furniture e.g. mattresses, box springs, dressers, couch, chairs, desks, TV stands, cabinets etc.
- Appliances e.g. stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer, hot water tanks, refrigerators, freezers, coolers
- Renovation materials - must be self-generated, not by contractor, e.g. carpet, underlay, sinks, toilets, tub, baseboards, NEW drywall (i.e cut ends), cabinets etc.
- Clean Wood e.g. bundled unpainted, untreated wood (Max length 3ft, bundled in 2ft diameter max weight of bundle 50lbs or 22kgs)
- Painted Wood - bundled, separate from clean wood (Max length 3ft, bundled in 2ft diameter max weight of bundle 50lbs or 22kgs)
- Other : area rugs, household goods, outdoor furniture, treadmill, exercise bikes, electric lawn mowers, bicycles, BBQs, other metal items (no car engines or car parts) etc.
DEPOT ONLY RECYCLABLES will also be accepted
- Styrofoam - clean, in clear bags and separated by colour
- Glass food jars - lids removed in sturdy box
- Plastic bags and overwrap - e.g. grocery bags, bread bags, wrap from flats of water. Place in clear plastic bag. NO cling wrap, cellophane, bags with zippers, non-stretchy ‘bags’
- Electronics e.g. TV’s computers, small appliances etc.
- Used drywall (i.e. demolition drywall with paint, texture coat, drywall mud, tiles)
- Hazardous Waste (chemicals, pesticides, paints, oil, oil filters, antifreeze)
- Propane tanks
- Medical waste
- Gas mowers
- Extra large items (hot tubs, piano, pool table, above ground pools)
- Reno material not securely bundled or tied
- Dirt, sod, stumps, root balls
- Engines, car parts, vehicles, trailers
- Demolition material taken out by commercial contractor
- Asphalt shingles (ok in small amounts in a sturdy box)
- Fridges or freezers with food in them
How to Arrange Pickup
If you are a home that received a door knocker pamphlet about the program you can participate.
- Call OK Environmental Waste at 250-868-3211 or register for a pickup online at www.okews.com
- Last day to register for collection is November 24th, 2017
- OK Environmental Waste will confirm that you are within the pilot study area, discuss how to prepare items (3 item max per pickup) and when you should place your items out for collection.
- Prepare your items for easy pickup, bundled material or rolled carpet can be no longer than 3ft long and 2ft in diameter and should be taped or tied. Max weight of bundled, boxed or bagged materials is 50lbs (22kgs). Each bundle is one item. Max 3 items per pickup
- Place your items out for collection no sooner than the day before your scheduled pickup day
Household hazardous waste requires special handling and disposal. Our health and environment are at risk. It is important that each of us is responsible for the products we use.
The Regional Waste Reduction Office would like to get feedback from all residents in the chosen pilot areas including those that do not use the program. You can provide your feedback at any time by calling the Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be following up with a survey at the end of the program.
IMPORTANT: The Waste Reduction Office has the right to discontinue the pilot program at any time. Pickup times and parameters are at the discretion of OK Environmental Waste Systems.