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Recycle your Cooking Oil

Do you deep fry your turkey, or make fish and chips and you’re not sure how to handle all the leftover oil or kitchen grease drippings? Don’t pour it down the drain, recycle it!

The Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds you there’s a place for you to get rid of all that leftover household cooking oil and congealed grease-- at either the Westside Residential Disposal and Recycling Center in West Kelowna, or at the Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna. The grease collection program is a partnership with McLeod’s By-Products of Armstrong.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says cooking oils and grease from roasting, frying and baking can collect in and clog your drains-and harm the environment in the process.“ You don’t want to pour this greasy stuff down your drain, it can congeal, block your pipes, and create a real mess. Dumping it in your yard isn’t a good option either, it’s harmful to the environment -- when it rains the oily residue runs off into the storm drain, eventually reaching our waterways without treatment.”

If you have large volumes of cooking oil, you can pour it into the receptacles provided at the Westside Recycling Center or Glenmore Landfill. If you have congealed grease, it’s recommended you put it in a metal can or container and drop the whole metal container into the recycling receptacle provided. As a reminder, please do not place anything other than cooking oil and kitchen grease into the recycling containers provided, no petroleum oil such as motor oil, food items, plastic containers, or garbage.

If you must toss your kitchen oils and grease, here are a few simple tips to follow before placing them in the garbage:

  • make sure to put them in a heat resistant container with a sealable lid, then throw in the trash
  • or mix with unscented kitty litter, sawdust or sand to solidify the oil first and then dispose
  • or store the oil for later use, oil can be kept for up to six months and reused. First strain then store in the freezer

Please note: for larger volumes of grease from commercial producers, please contact McLeod’s By-Products directly to make arrangements for recycling.

For more info on recycling your household fats, oils and grease, visit rdco.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.   View Full News Release

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North Westside Bulky Household Item Collection

North Westside Road residents within the Central Okanagan will once again have a special opportunity to dispose of unwanted bulky items.

Wednesday October 9th through Wednesday October 16th, during regular operating hours at the North Westside Road Transfer Station, you can dispose of large household items for a cost of $20 per truckload. 

This special disposal opportunity is available to residents with a valid ID card only, for residential items only including: appliances, scrap metal, lawn mowers and other motorized parts, household and lawn furniture.  No hazardous waste (including computers, electronics, etc.) will be accepted. Unwanted fridges and freezers will be accepted at $15 per item, the Freon decommissioning charge.

Cash or cheques will be the only accepted method of payment. 

The North Westside Road Transfer Station is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.  It is located at the Sugarloaf Mountain/Whiteman Creek Forest Service Road. (Turn at the corner of Westside Road and Sugarloaf Mountain Forest Service Road and follow the signs.)

For more information and details about this collection please contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or email recycle@rdco.com.

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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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New Contractor for Curbside Waste Collection Service

Central Okanagan residents that wheel their garbage, recycling and yard waste carts to the curb each week will have a new contractor starting June 1, 2019.

Environmental 360 Solutions Inc. won the contract through a formal request for proposal process. The contract covers approximately 60,000 households in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and Electoral Areas East and West.

The only change in service residents should expect to see is an additional month of yard waste pick-up in December. However, as always if you notice a missed pick up or wish to report damage to curbside carts, please call the Regional District Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

For more information or to download the Recycle Coach app which provides scheduling information, tips on what you can put in your cart and where to dispose of different types of material, as well as curbside pick- up of garbage, recycling and yard waste, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

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Tons of Trash Take Out of the Bush

An ad hoc group of dedicated volunteers worked some clean up magic in Peachland Saturday. Thanks to their efforts over a few short hours they collectively pulled just under four tons of garbage and over 10 tons of metal out of some chronic garbage hot spots.

The weekend event, hosted by the Regional District Waste Reduction Office, acted as the official kick off to Community Clean up Month which happens every April.  As part of the annual event, the Regional District encourages you to plan a clean- up of your own big or small, supplies all the bags and gear you may require, and will also arrange to pick up the garbage you collect when you’re done.

“This event showcases what great work people can do when their pool their collective resources and goodwill,” says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional Waste Reduction Office. “We had approximately 50 dedicated volunteers take part in the clean- up. They tackled a number of chronic garbage trouble spots including the Princeton Avenue corridor, back roads near Spring Lake, the Bedford Trails and beyond. Volunteers helped yank everything from garbage to unsightly car bodies, appliances, tires, a hot tub, an old boat hull, and additional debris out of the bush.”

Stewart says huge environmental kudos go out to all those that dedicated their time and elbow grease to make a difference as part of the weekend clean-up. “Thank you as well to members of the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association, the Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance, Okanagan Forestry Task Force and the Zip Zone that gave of their time and to ABC Recycling and For Less Disposal for their time and equipment to make the event happen.”

Stewart adds it’s not ok to dump or toss anything in the great outdoors. “Fortunately, there are many that are willing to do something about it and help spread the message- take care of our beautiful community, don’t sully our natural environment.”

If you would like to arrange your own Community Clean Up event, get free litter bags and gloves, and arrange to have the garbage you collect picked up when you’re done; contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250--or email recycle@cord.bc.ca 

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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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