Waste Reduction Office - What's New

 

North Westside household hazardous waste/computer/electronics roundup - June 22, 2021

North Westside Road residents within the Central Okanagan will have a special opportunity to dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste and e-waste in a safe manner in a one day only event this summer.

Saturday, July 24 during regular operating hours at the North Westside Road Transfer Station, residents (with valid resident ID cards) will be able to drop off their left over household hazardous waste products and electronic waste for no charge.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. residents can safely dispose of material such as household paint and aerosol paint, flammable liquids and aerosols, domestic pesticides with the poison symbol and PCP number, gasoline (in an approved ULC container), household and automotive batteries, electronics and computer equipment, along with small appliances, lights and light fixtures. No propane tanks, chemicals or commercial waste products will be accepted.

The North Westside Road Transfer Station is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Beginning July 1, opening hours on Saturdays will extend to 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Transfer Station 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 Kelowna Recycling, also known as the Battery Doctors at 250-860-2866, visit rdco.com/recycle or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or email recycle@rdco.com.

 

North Westside Bulky Items collection - June 15, 2021

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

Wednesday, June 30 through Wednesday, July 14, 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 also be accepted at no 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 a.m. until 12 noon. Beginning July 1, opening hours on Saturdays will extend to 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Transfer Station 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 visit rdco.com/recycle or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or email recycle@rdco.com.

 

July bring more waste disposal opportunities - May 28, 2021

It’ll soon be more convenient for some Central Okanagan West Electoral Area residents to dispose of their waste and recycling. Beginning July 1, additional operating hours will be available for customers using the RDCO transfer stations at Traders Cove and North Westside.

Environmental Services Manager Travis Kendel says extending the hours at both facilities is a direct result of resident feedback garnered during a 2019 Transfer Station Operations and Service review. “Recommendations from that review and a resident survey indicated a strong desire from the community for longer hours at both facilities. In collaboration with our waste contractor E360 the hours are now being expanded.”

The North Westside Road Transfer Station has been operating Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The new hours will now expand services each Saturday  from 8 a.m. until 4.p.m.

For the Traders Cove Transfer Station, hours are being extended to include Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Traders Cove Transfer Station

  • Summer Hours (Victoria Day to Labour Day)
    • 6:30 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday
    • NEW starting July 1,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday
    • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Winter Hours
    • 6:30 – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday
    • NEW,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday
    • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday

 

Closed December 25 and January 1

 

North Westside Road Transfer Station

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.

NEW expanded hours -8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

 

 Closed Easter Sunday, December 25 and 26, and January 1.

Residents can take up to two bags of garbage per week to their designated transfer station. Both facilities also accept yard waste and recyclables sorted into the following categories:  

  • Paper & Cardboard (flattened)
  • Containers (plastic, tin, aluminum, aerosol cans, milk cartons, paper cups, etc.)
  • Plastic Bags and overwrap
  • Other Flexible Plastic Packaging
  • Glass
  • White Styrofoam
  • Coloured Styrofoam

For additional information regarding the Transfer Stations, please visit rdco.com/recycle.

Recycling Ambassadors return with recycling education - May 4, 2021

Are you putting the right things in your recycling cart? The Regional District Recycling Ambassadors are back on the streets this spring and summer, randomly checking what’s under the blue lid and inside curbside recycling carts. This is part of the ongoing RDCO cart education and inspection campaign to combat recycling contamination.

Engineering Manager Travis Kendel says the Recycling Ambassador Student Program, now heading into its third season, has been extremely helpful in raising proper residential recycling awareness. “Our Ambassadors will once again be reaching out to residents through direct education and curbside cart checks. We are happy to have them back, as direct resident engagement seems to be one of the most valuable and well received educational tools to encourage residents on how to recycle effectively.”

“We understand that sorting waste and recycling can sometimes be confusing. Most residents are doing a pretty good job including only what’s acceptable to put in the carts. But recycling audits show there are still a significant number of unacceptable items going into our recycling stream, especially plastic bags and other plastic films, and that’s a big problem,” says Kendel.

In addition to cart checks, the students will also be placing a handy reference guide sticker right on the carts to highlight what goes in and what stays out. Kendel says, when in doubt, don’t toss it in is an important thing to keep in mind, as placing the wrong materials in your cart, things that do not belong or should be recycled at a depot, leads to a contaminated recycling stream.

“Plastic bags, garbage, books, food waste, garden hoses, electronics, scrap metals, clothing, even yard waste—items that have never been accepted in our curbside recycling program are still showing up and contaminating the recycling stream,” says Kendel.

“If we don’t significantly reduce and eliminate these unacceptable products from our recycling loads, we face financial penalties from Recycle BC. We need to do a better job and that requires continuous education and monitoring.”

Kendel says the Recycling Ambassadors will have a quick look at the contents in recycling carts, and if they find items that don’t belong they’ll leave information explaining what went wrong.  In some cases, if there is significant contamination, carts won’t be picked up until the offending material is removed.

Here are some of the items Ambassadors will be looking for:

  • Garbage
    • Garden hoses, landscape edging and tarps
    • Paper towels and tissues
    • Non-packaging plastics such as toys, Tupperware type containers, laundry baskets
  • Items recyclable at depots and other locations (but not in the cart)
    • Plastic bags including bagged recyclables
    • Styrofoam
    • Glass
    • Soft plastics such as cling wrap, bubble wrap, chip and snack bags, zipper bags
    • Electronics and small appliances
    • Textiles such as clothes, fabric and pillows
    • Soft cover novels and hard cover books and textbooks
  • Hazardous waste
    • Hazards such as syringes, propane tanks, oil jugs

In 2019 the Regional District inspected over 12,500 recycling carts and sent approximately 2,500 letters to residents when the wrong materials were found in the recycling, garbage and yard waste carts – to help encourage future compliance. “Due to COVID-19, contamination letters and cart checks were temporarily halted. As of late 2020, those programs are back online and we’re actively addressing recycling contamination throughout our community.”

To find out more about what to recycle in your curbside cart or at a depot, visit rdco.com/recycle, or download the free Recycle Coach App.

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Bears are back, take responsibility for your trash - April 29, 2021

Central Okanagan residents have a role in reducing potential wildlife conflicts.

The Regional Waste Reduction Office encourages everyone to keep neighbourhoods safe by managing everything that attract bears and other wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.  

Facilitator Rae Stewart says with a warmer spring, Conservation Officers already report that bears are out earlier than normal, with many sightings in neighborhoods throughout the Central Okanagan. “That means it’s time to be extra vigilant. As always, when the bears come out of hibernation they’re hungry, and looking for food. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is reduce your risk of conflict, and take responsibility for your trash.”

  • Store waste and recycling carts inside a shed or garage
  • Only put your carts out the morning of pickup, not the night before.

She says “bears in particular, but other animals as well, have a keen sense of smell.  The idea is to not attract them to your garbage unnecessarily.  If they find your waste, they can make a real mess, but also become food conditioned. Then they can pose a risk to you, your family, your pets, neighbours, and themselves. And that’s totally preventable.”

Stewart says the Regional Waste Reduction Office and waste contractor E360s are in the final phase of a pilot project.  Various models of bear-resistant garbage carts are being tested in select neighborhoods throughout the region.  Depending on the results and how the carts perform for residents and stand up to bear activity, there could be new cart options for residents late this year.

But Stewart stresses, the biggest takeaway from cart manufacturers and testing programs is no model or design is deemed is 100 percent bear proof, only bear resistant. So managing your attractants carefully is still critical.

Earlier this week, the Regional District and WildSafeBC announced a pilot program expanding WildSafeBC program coverage in the Central Okanagan. In addition to the existing Okanagan Westside WildSafeBC program, there will be a Central Okanagan WildSafeBC program this season.

WildSafe BC has tips you can follow to keep wildlife wild and communities safe:

  • Only put garbage out for collection on the morning of pickup, not the night before
  • Encourage neighbours to do the same, offer to help if they are not able to put garbage out at appropriate times
  • Secure your garbage on non-collection days; store it securely in your home or in a garage or shed
  • Consider freezing your kitchen scraps until the morning of collection day
  • Keep your barbeque clean and covered
  • Pick ripe or fallen fruit immediately; if composting, or putting in yard waste cart, ensure they are secured from wildlife access
  • Use bird baths and houses to attract birds, rather than bird feeders

Please report human-wildlife conflicts and sightings of bears, cougars or coyotes in the community to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1.877.952.7277.

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit wildsafebc.com. For additional inquiries, visit rdco.com/recycle, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

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Recycle your Cooking Oil - October 7, 2020

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—in West Kelowna at  the Westside Residential Disposal and Recycling Center, and 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 larger 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, no food items, plastic containers, or garbage. Keep in mind the drop off is for residential use only, not businesses, and limits do apply (no more than two 20 litre buckets at a time).

Dave Ward, Plant Manager with McLeod’s By-Products says your repurposed kitchen leftovers will end up as a food source all over again. “Once the cooking oils and grease are collected, we mechanically remove the solids and moisture, heat the oils at a very high temperature, then stabilize them with an antioxidant.  We then sell the finished product to feed mills where they formulate it into various feeds for chicken, turkey and hogs.” 

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, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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