Waste Reduction Office - What's New

 

Garbage Fees Up at Westside Transfer Station December 5, 2019

Starting January 1, 2020 it will cost slightly more to dispose of garbage at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna.

This is the final increase 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 for garbage will rise on January 1 2020 at the transfer facility that serves residents in West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation reserves and the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.  Also new starting January 2020, fridges, freezers and other units with refrigerant such as portable and window a/c units will be accepted at no charge.  Note: drywall is no longer accepted at the Westside Transfer Station and should be taken to the Glenmore Landfill for proper disposal (disposal fees apply).

 

Current

Fees 2019

NEW

Jan 1, 2020

 

Load Description

Bag of Garbage

$4.00

$4.50

Bag

Garbage (Medium)

$16

$18

Vehicle or utility trailer with a hauling bed capacity up to 4’x8’

Garbage (Large)

$45

$50

Vehicles with a hauling bed capacity over 4’x8’ or a loaded vehicle and single axle trailer with a hauling bed capacity of up to 4’x8’

Garbage (Extra Large)

$75

$80

Tandem axle trailer

Ozone Depleting

Substance (ODS)

Containing Appliance

$10 each

FREE

Fridges, Freezers, Water Coolers, Portable A/C units

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

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Curbside Cart Delays Possible in Snow Conditions

A reminder from the Regional District—Snowy and icy conditions may result in some delays for curbside garbage and recycling collection in the Central Okanagan. Residents receiving curbside pickup are reminded that if your pickup is missed on your collection day, leave your carts out until collection occurs, and please be patient, safety comes first.                 

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.)

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.

  • Put carts as close as possible to the street, without obstructing the street, sidewalk or bike lane. (Often placing your carts on either side of your driveway allows for greater ease for the collection trucks and for you.)
  • Keep carts off the travelled portion of the roadway so as not to interfere with snow plows- do not place carts in a location where the snow plow will hit them.
  • Please have your carts out for collection by 7 a.m. (Avoid placing your carts out  the night before collection and bring them away from the road as soon as possible, to avoid interfering with snow plows often working late) Clear your cart of snow and ice to ensure the lid opens when cart is tipped.
  • The cart should be no closer than three feet from any obstacle, parked car, or other cart - an arm’s length spacing is required between each cart.
  • Do not place carts behind or on top of snow banks.
  • General Safety: As the waste collection carts are equipped with wheels, please use extra caution when wheeling them in snowy and icy conditions.

For more information on proper placement and how to handle your carts in winter conditions, visit the RDCO YouTube channel or rdco.com/recycle.

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Create Memories Not Garbage

If you could do just a few things differently to create memories and reduce holiday waste this season, what would they be? Do you need some help with great gift ideas for that special someone this holiday season? 

Why not get creative and give the gift of experience instead of more stuff!  Treat someone to a trip to the spa, start a new hobby with a loved one, re-gift a favorite novel or board game. Or give the gift of experience with ski passes, movie tickets or tickets to a local hockey game.  All help to ‘Create Memories, Not Garbage’.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan encourages residents to reduce waste while celebrating the festive season.  Waste Reduction Office Facilitator Cynthia Coates says, “The ‘Create Memories, Not Garbage’ campaign is courtesy of our partners at Metro Vancouver.   It’s a festive, fun, resource friendly campaign providing some great gift and wrapping ideas that people may not have thought of.  It also reduces the amount of waste generated during the holiday season.”

Here are some other memory making ideas to get you started:

  • Organize a family skate
  • Treat someone to a live performance, sporting event, theatre tickets
  • Offer your dog walking or cat sitting services
  • Sign someone up for a cooking class, or art class
  • Host an amazing dinner for all your friends, using locally grown food

Often some of the fondest memories of the holidays involve time spent with family and friends.  Maybe it was making gingerbread houses or other baking together, open houses or cookie exchanges.  Thoughtful gift giving can dramatically reduce the amount of packaging and wrapping that accumulates and can encourage opportunities for us to create new holiday traditions. Some of these waste reduction ideas might be practical throughout the coming year!

Watch for the Create Memories campaign on social media, online, print and TV. It’s all in an effort to encourage not making waste in the first place and reducing what comes into and leaves our homes. 

For information on how you can ‘Create Memories, Not Garbage’ this holiday season, visit creatememoriesnotgarbage.ca, rdco.com/creatememories, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250

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More Time for Yard Waste Cleanup

You’ll have a little longer to get your yard cleaned up for fall. NEW this year, curbside yard waste collection continues until the end of December.

Bi- weekly fall yard waste pickup ends Tuesday December 31st.  That’s the last day in the Central Okanagan for the curbside yard waste pickup program until collection resumes again March 2nd, 2020. In previous years, yard waste was collected only until the end of November.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart with the Regional District says the additional service for local residents should come as welcome news to many. “Residents have been asking for extended yard waste service for many years now, especially in the fall where yard clean up can take a good deal of time and effort to complete. Dependent on the year and the weather, often those leaves don’t fall until very late in the season, so this will allow for a longer window to get your yard taken care of before winter.”

You’re reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day. To determine your yard waste collection week, you can refer to the Living Greener Calendar, download the handy Recycle Coach App or visit rdco.com/yardwaste

Stewart adds all the yard waste collected curbside is given new life by composting and reusing it, so it’s important to keep what you put in your cart to only yard waste. “Plastic bags, flower pots, rocks, sod, kitchen scraps or garbage, any of that will contaminate the final product and needs to be left out.  We collect close to 15 thousand tonnes of green material from the curb annually, all of that is composted and turned into the soil enhancer GlenGrow, which you can use in your garden come springtime.”

Accepted items include:

  • PUMPKINS
  • Leaves
  • Wood chips, bark
  • Pine or other tree needles
  • Garden plants
  • Grass clippings
  • Fruit droppings
  • Branches and pruning’s up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and less than one metre (3 feet) in length

If you’re looking to upgrade your yard waste cart, contact your municipality or visit rdco.com/yardwaste.

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My Waste App Out, Recycle Coach In

If you’re one of the over 16 thousand Central Okanagan users of the MY Waste App on your smartphone or tablet, be advised. The app you’ve come to rely on for handy personalized waste collection info, recycling tips and more is being replaced with an identical app – called Recycle Coach.

If you currently use the My Waste App, download Recycle Coach instead and delete the My Waste App. You will continue to receive the exact same information you always have. Recycle Coach offers the same features as My-Waste, including:

  • Personalized curbside collection and events calendars
  • Collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions 
  • Disposal information for 10,000+ items with the "What goes where?" search tool 
  • The problem-reporting tool, equipped with geolocation, to notify municipal customer services about issues like missed collections 

Due to changes to Apples App Store guidelines, multiple apps in the same app store offering the same functionality are no longer allowed. As a result, the My Waste App will be discontinued and will not be available for download on iOS/Android stores as of June 14, 2019.  Recycle Coach is from the same company, Municipal Media Inc.

In the coming weeks, My-Waste users can expect special messaging with their collection reminders notifying them to download Recycle Coach.  

For more information or to download the Recycle Coach app, visit iTunes or Google Play, regionaldistrict.com/recyclecoach or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office, at 250.469.6250.

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No Changes to Curbside Recycling Program 

The Regional Waste Reduction Office would like to remind residents on the curbside recycling collection program in the Central Okanagan that there is no change to the program, despite what you may be hearing about fluctuating markets for recyclable material.

What you have been putting in your cart with the blue lid as part of the curbside program for years is still accepted as recycling and is going to viable end markets for processing and recycling. For instance plastics go to Merlin Plastics in Delta and the majority of paper goes to end markets overseas, in the U.S. and in B.C. and can be made into things like egg cartons, boxes and other paper products.

“Residents of the Central Okanagan have been working hard for decades to be good recyclers, and we commend their efforts. Their actions make a difference” says Jodie Foster, Manager of Corporate Communications for the Regional District of Central Okanagan. “We want to assure residents that nothing has changed with the curbside program”.

Foster adds, “With the recycling program, we are contractors to Recycle BC, which since 2014 oversees all recycling in the Province. We collect recyclables on their behalf. We have no indication that recyclables will no longer be accepted from curbside locations. If the program were to ever require widespread changes, you would hear that from Recycle BC and the Regional District directly.”

In a parallel program, multi-family and commercial recycling in the region is handled by commercial hauling companies, however the Regional Waste Reduction Office and the City of Kelowna-owned Glenmore Landfill have been emphasizing the need to continue to divert recyclables. There is a list of mandatory recyclables banned from the Glenmore Landfill including cardboard, paper, newspaper, tin, aluminum and plastic containers. The program has shown a reduction in recyclables going to the landfill by 20 per cent since the program started in 2011.

Foster says, “In light of recent reports in the community that some companies have reduced recycling services at multi-family buildings, we’ll be increasing our monitoring and fines for mandatory recyclables to make sure they are not being taken to the landfill for burial. Multi-family residents should check with their haulers to make sure they know what is happening with their recyclables. The option for residents to drop off materials to the depots is also still in place so no matter what, recyclables shouldn’t be going into the garbage”. 

For more information on the curbside program, locations of depots and what you can recycle, go to www.regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the free easy to use MyWaste App from iTunes or Google Play.

For a current list of the mandatory recyclables at the Glenmore Landfill that are subject to a $150/mT surcharge if mixed with other material headed for burial, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

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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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