Waste Reduction Office - What's New

 

Snow Causes Waste Collection Delays - January 7, 2020

Although the curbside waste collection schedule returned to normal this week, the large dump of snow has made it anything but normal!

In light of the heavy snowfall, Central Okanagan residents may see delays in their curbside garbage and recycling collection.

As crews do their best to clear snow from roads and side streets, curbside waste collection staff is also trying to maintain their regular pickup schedule while at the same time catch up on any routes where collection has been missed.

If your garbage or recycling has not been picked up, please leave your carts out and the waste hauler will pick them up as soon as it is safe.  To ensure your collection is not missed, please do not bring your carts back in until they have been emptied.

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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Chip Your Tree January 6, 2020

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 2nd, 2020. Keep in mind the prunings and branches need to be no longer 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 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. (*3 tree limit) 

Westside:

Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Asquith Road)

Open Friday-Monday 7:30 am – 3:50 pm.

Lake Country:

Jack Seaton Park (1950 Camp Road)

Peachland:

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 rdco.com/recycle, download the free Recycle Coach App (Google Play or App store) , or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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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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