Waste Reduction Office - What's New

Make Memories, Not Garbage this Holiday season

If you could do just one thing differently to create memories and reduce holiday waste this season, what would it 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 these gift ideas help to ‘Make Memories, Not Garbage’.

The Regional District Waste Reduction Office is encouraging residents to reduce waste while celebrating the festive season.  Waste Reduction Facilitator Cynthia Coates says, “The ‘Make Memories, Not Garbage’ campaign is festive,  fun, resource friendly, and provides some great gift and wrapping ideas that people may not have thought of that also reduces their holiday waste. “

Often when we think back, 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. 

Watch for the Make Memories campaign on social media, online, print and TV. You can also watch the ‘Make Memories, Not Garbage’ videos at www.regionaldistrict.com/makememories. It’s all in an effort to encourage not making waste in the first place & reducing what comes into and leaves our homes. 

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

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Keep Bears Out of your Garbage

The Regional Waste Reduction Office is reminding you to please do your part to keep your neighborhood safe by managing all things that attract wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.  View News Release

Conservation Officers confirm that bears have already been spotted in several neighborhoods from South East Kelowna to West Kelowna and Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says it’s time to be extra vigilant. “With fall around the corner, this is the time bears amp up foraging activity to increase fat stores for winter denning. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife-reduce your risk of conflict and take responsibility for your trash.”

Stewart reminds residents not to put their garbage, recycling or yard waste carts out for collection the night before and instead wait until the morning of your actual collection day. “Bears in particular, but other animals as well have a keen sense of smell, so the idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily.  If they find your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can become food conditioned which leads to them posing a risk to you, your family, and your community.”

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Volunteers Clean Squatters Mess

Another weekend, another volunteer cleanup effort played out in the bush. This time an ad hoc group of citizens  pulled  together to tackle  a large illegal dump site on Crown Land north of Peachland left behind this winter after two squatters were arrested for mail fraud.

The massive dump site in a secluded spot in the bush off Trepanier Road had been home to the pair and a stolen 35 foot RV.  RCMP towed the trailer out in December, but in its’ wake was left a massive amount of household garbage, makeshift structures, and hazardous chemicals.  In preparation for Saturdays clean up, a Hazmat team was hired to remove the remnants of the rudimentary drug lab, including various acids, aerosols, and dozens of propane tanks.  View News Release

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Volunteers Haul 12 Tonnes of Garbage from Illegal Dump

This past weekend a dedicated group of volunteers were once again out in the bush, busting a massive illegal dump site on the hills overlooking Peachland, taking care of garbage that the disrespectful have left where it does not belong.

The dump site on Crown land above Highway 97 was brought to the attention of authorities last fall when the Peachland Fire Department was dispatched to a blaze on a piece of uninhabited property adjacent to the site. Fire suppression activity in the area led to the discovery of the massive swath of debris, from abandoned appliances and hundreds of tires to vast piles of construction and renovation waste, household garbage, old vehicles, trailers and more.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart with the Regional District says this massive illegal dump is one of the most severe dump discoveries they’ve learned of in recent history. ”The RDCO on behalf of the Ministry of Forests Lands & Natural Resource Operations spearheaded this massive one day undertaking, and it was made possible thanks to the collaboration of dozens of weekend warriors and local businesses. Each and every one of them that gave of their time, sweat and muscle deserve a monumental environmental salute!  Thank you to members of the Okanagan Forest Task Force, volunteers from Gorman Brothers Lumber, and a dozen plus private citizens from  the District of Peachland and City of West Kelowna that heard about the event and showed up to assist.”  View Complete News Release

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Westside Facility Tipping Fee Increases June 1st

Starting June 1st, it will cost you a little more to dispose of garbage and tires at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna.

The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the Solid Waste Management Regulation bylaw raising tipping fees slightly at the facility. The user-fee increases are required in order to cover additional expenses with disposal of the these materials and are in line with tipping fee increases that started January 1st this year at the City of Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill.

Fees will rise on June 1st, then again on January 1st 2019 and 2020 for the disposal of garbage and tires with rims at the transfer facility that serves residents in West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation reserves and the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.  When the facility again accepts recyclable drywall, those fees for disposal will also increase.

  • The charge for a bag of garbage is going up from $2.50 to $3.50.
  • Tires with rims will go up from $1.00 per tire to $3.00
  • Note: Drywall is not currently accepted at the Westside Transfer Station due to the large stockpile.  Once drywall is accepted again disposal will cost $10.00 per sheet, up from $6.00/sheet. 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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Winter/Spring 2018 Media Releases

URBA Kicks Off Community Clean Up Month

On Saturday (April 7th) as part of the official kick off to Community Clean-Up Month—an ad hoc group of enthusiastic volunteers hit the streets of downtown Rutland for a massive urban spring clean- up blitz. And they’re challenging you to join them, or take on a clean-up project in your own neighborhood.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart with the Regional District says Community Clean Up has been part of our community for over 20 years, with kickoff events staged annually to highlight how easy it is for anyone to take part. “The uptown Rutland Clean Up next Saturday morning is a partnership with the Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA). Business owners, area realtors, coworkers, friends, family- they’ll all be part of the work crew. Whether it’s sweeping sidewalks, picking up litter, busting graffiti, we plan to do a massive spruce up of the area. Volunteers are really the life blood of this event and we celebrate all of them!”  

View News Release and Event Poster and Community Clean Up Month Poster

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March 1st Curbside Yard Waste Pickup Returns

It may not look like gardening season yet, but yard waste collection is back on! The first pickup of the season is also a great opportunity for anyone who may have stockpiled leaves and garden prunings from last fall to get them into the yard waste bin and out to the curb for disposal.

Starting next Thursday, March 1st all residents receiving curbside garbage/recycling collection will benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks until the end of November.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, “This is a good time to do a post winter check-up of your cart, and make sure materials that don’t belong and may have landed in there by mistake over the winter months are removed - things like flower pots, garbage, bags of any kind, pet waste, anything that would compromise the composting process.”   
View News Release and Poster

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Fall 2017 Media Releases

Snow Dumps May Cause Collection Delays

Make Memories, Not Garbage

Repair Cafe

Yard Waste Pick Up Winds Down

Home Cooking/Grease Recycling

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