Waste Reduction Office - What's New


Winter Snow and Ice and Cart Placement

With the recent snow dump, you may need to tweak the way you manage your garbage and recycling carts during times of sudden or excessive snow. And the Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds you, if your pick-up during times of heavy snowfall is missed on your collection day, leave your carts out until collection occurs.

In winter months, it may be necessary to alter the regular placement of your carts to ensure the collection vehicle can reach them.  Find or clear an unobstructed site to put your carts out for collection.

The Regional Waste Reduction Office says slippery un-plowed roads may not be safe for large collection vehicles. The first priority is to clear roads to make them safe, and make collection possible. Residents whose garbage or recycling has not been picked up should continue to leave it out for collection, and the waste haulers will pick it up as soon as possible. (Do not bring your carts back in until they have been emptied to ensure your collection is not missed.)  View Full News Release

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Chip Your Tree, Don't Chuck It

When you take down your Christmas tree after the holidays, keep in mind you can dispose of it in an eco- friendly way and have it chipped, not chucked.

The Regional Waste Reduction Office recommends giving your tree another life after the holidays by dropping it off at any one of the convenient free Chip It locations. Your tree will then be chipped down and composted into a nutrient rich soil enhancer called GlenGrow available at various locations including the Glenmore Landfill in the spring.

If you don’t want to haul your tree to a drop off location, you can also cut it down to size and put the pieces in your yard waste cart for pick up once yard waste collection resumes March 1st, 2019.  Keep in mind the prunings and branches need to be no greater than 5cm (2in) in circumference and less than 1 meter (3ft) long.

Please remove all decorations and tinsel before recycling your tree, plus any plastic bags or other materials used for transporting--all of these interfere with the composting process.

Christmas tree drop-off locations December 26th through January 31st are:

Kelowna and Area:

  • Ben Lee Park (parking lot at Houghton Road)
  • Cook Road Boat Launch (parking lot)

Glenmore Landfill (Glenmore Road)

  • Open Monday-Sunday 7:30 am – 4:45 pm. 
    Closed Dec 25th, 26th and Jan 1st  (*3 tree limit)


  • Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Asquith Road)   
    Open Friday-Monday 7:30 am – 3:50 pm. Closed Dec 25th and Jan 1st

Lake Country:

  • Jack Seaton Park (1950 Camp Road)


  • Residents can take their trees and yard waste year round to the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna (see hours above).

For more information on tree chipping or holiday recycling, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, download the free My Waste App (Google Play or App store) , or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250..

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Garbage Tip Fees Increasing at Westside Transfer Station

Starting January 1st 2019, it will cost slightly more to dispose of garbage at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna.  Details

This is the second of three increases approved by the Regional Board in April 2018 to cover additional annual disposal expenses and tipping fee increases at the City of Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill.  

Fees will rise on January 1st 2019 and 2020 for the disposal of garbage at the transfer facility that serves residents in West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation reserves and the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.  Note: drywall is not currently accepted at the Westside Transfer Station due to the large stockpile. Drywall is accepted (disposal fees apply) at the Glenmore Landfill 7 days a week. 

For more information on the Westside facility tipping fee increases, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@cord.bc.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)