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North Westside Residents Household Bulky Items Collection

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

Wednesday June 28th, through Monday July 10th, 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 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@cord.bc.ca.

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Be Cart Smart!  

Are you putting the right things in your recycling cart? The Regional District will be checking to see as they kick off a renewed cart inspection campaign on local streets later this month.

“Most people are doing a pretty good job when it comes to putting the right things in their carts,” says Peter Rotheisler, Manager of Environmental Services for the Regional District which oversees the recycling collection contract for all member municipalities in the Central Okanagan. ”But we understand there’s still a little confusion out there, that’s why we’re heading out again, ramping up the education campaign.”

Rotheisler says crews will have a look through the cart, if they find items that don’t belong they’ll leave you a sticker telling you what went wrong. Or if you’re doing a good job, they’ll leave you a good job sticker.  He adds where there are large levels of unacceptable materials, the cart will be tagged and the waste hauler instructed to leave the offending cart at the curb until the resident removes what’s not allowed before it can be picked up again

“Audits supplied to us by Recycle BC, the contractors we collect the recycling for show some nasty materials are contaminating the recycling stream-- things like electronics, hazardous waste, garbage, textiles, even yard waste,“ says Rotheisler. “Our recycling program could become more costly if this keeps up,   the contractors can fine us if contamination exceeds 3 per cent. “

Here is a list of some of the contaminates the inspectors will be looking for:

  • Electronics, small appliances (depot only recyclable)
  • Hazards such as syringes, propane tanks
  • Garbage such as food waste, paper towels, Kleenex
  • Textiles such as clothes, fabric, pillows
  • Plastic Bags, Styrofoam, Glass (depot only recyclable)
  • Soft plastics such as cling wrap, bubble wrap, chip and snack bags, zipper bags
  • Bagged recyclables
  • Non-packaging plastics such as toys, Tupperware type containers, laundry baskets
  • Garden hoses, landscape edging, tarps
  • Soft cover novels and hard cover books and textbooks

Earlier this spring, the Regional District mailed over 55 thousand Be Cart Smart recycling flyers to local households in the Central Okanagan. Last year, they inspected carts at over 3000 homes with a targeted boots on the ground education campaign. Annually they send an average of 3500 letters directly to residents when the wrong materials are found in the recycling, garbage and yard waste carts – to help encourage compliance in future.

To find out more about what to recycle, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, download the free My Waste App, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

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Don't Toss in the Garbage - Recycle Your Old Phone Books

With new phone directories being delivered to local residents and businesses over the next few weeks, the Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds you— yes you can recycle your old phone book!

Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator says once you are done with your old phone book simply toss it in your recycling cart. “The old directories are mixed together with other household paper products at Cascades Recovery, the local recycling facility on Cambro Road in Kelowna. There the paper is compacted and shipped to numerous recycling mills that make products like roofing felt, paper egg cartons, and more newspaper. By recycling instead of tossing out your old phone book, you’re sharing in the solution - diverting waste from our one remaining landfill, and turning the material into a valuable resource.”

Many residents are now opting to get their information online, and if so, are reminded to unsubscribe from publications no longer required. 

Simply put your old phone books in your blue cart for recycling and place your cart at the curb on your regular recycling collection day. You can also take phone books to your nearest recycling depot. Keep in mind, soft cover novels and hard cover books or text books are not permitted in your recycling cart.

Businesses or others with large amounts of phone books for recycling should contact their recycling hauler for recycling options.

For all your recycling inquiries, and to find out more about what else you can recycle, download the free MyWaste app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp, check out the online recycling tool at regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Recycle Your Plant Pots!

Remember to lift the blue lid of your recycling cart after you’ve done any gardening around your home! If you’re not going to re-use them, those plastic flowerpots and plant trays can all be recycled!

Everything from large nursery flowerpots for shrubs and trees to small planting trays for annual bedding plants, perennials, vegetables, and herbs can all be recycled. Simply rinse or wipe out the dirt and put the plastics in your recycling cart. These plastic pots and trays can also be taken to your nearest recycling depot.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart reminds us, “Most plastic packaging is accepted in the curbside recycling program, and these plastics from your plants are no different. Just ensure your garden pots or trays are cleaned of all dirt before you recycle them.” 

Deanne Stephenson,  Manager of Cascades Recovery (the facility where all our recycling ends up for sorting) says, “The markets where the plastics are shipped to for recycling are watching closely for quality issues, so keeping the plastics clear of dirt, wooden stakes, metal twist ties or other contaminants is essential. Other items not accepted include: ceramic pots, tarps, plastic furniture, garden hoses and plastic string or rope.”

Businesses like nurseries, landscape design contractors and farmers with larger volumes can contact Cascades Recovery at 250-491-2242 to arrange for the recycling of their plastics.

For all your recycling inquiries, and to find out more about what else you can recycle, download the free MyWaste app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp, check out the online recycling tool at regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250. 

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Older News Releases

Heavy Snowfall May Result In Curbside Collection Delays

Winter snow, ice and cold can create challenges at the best of times. The Regional Waste Reduction Office would like to remind you during these heavy snow fall conditions, your garbage and recycling collection may be delayed. Your waste hauler, OK Environmental Waste Systems is doing its’ best to ensure regular collection schedules are maintained.                     

If your regular collection day is missed, collection will take place on the following day, weather conditions permitting. In these extreme weather conditions, collection may be delayed more than one day.  Please leave your carts out until they have been picked up.

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Home Cooking-Grease Recycling

Do you deep fry your turkey, or make a ton of French fries and you’re just 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 Byproduct’s of Armstrong.  View News Release

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Return Your Unused/Expired Medications

Did you know that Central Okanagan residents returned more than 4,800-kilograms of old medications each year?  That's a 172% increase in the past five years!

BC's pharmacists are teaming up with the Regional District of Central Okanagan Waste Reduction Office to encourage residents to return their unused and old medications to their local pharmacy.  And there's no cost!  Returned medications can be safely disposed and will not take up space or contaminate landfills or water supplies.   View BC Pharmacy Association News Release

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Help Stamp Out Illegal Dumping!

Illegal dumping costs us all.  You can help combat illegal dumping activity by filling out the online form.   Find out more on how you can help by visiting the Illegal Dumping webpage

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Three Composting Info Pamphlets

The Regional Waste Reduction Office has produced three pamphlets to help you get the most from your new unit!  Check out:

You can also visit our Composting Information page for more helpful tips.

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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)