Waste Reduction Office - What's New

Household bulky item collection extended for North Westside residents - September 22, 2021

North Westside Road residents within the Central Okanagan will have a longer window of opportunity to dispose of unwanted bulky items this fall.

The Bulky Item collection event is held twice a year, once in spring and again in fall, at the North Westside Road transfer station on Sugar Loaf Mountain Forest Service Road. This falls collection event has been extended an extra week to help residents in recovery mode after the White rock lake Wildfire.

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 20
  • During regular operating hours at the North Westside Road transfer station
  • You can dispose of large household bulky items for a cost of $20 per truckload.
  • Cash or cheques will be the only accepted method of payment. 

The North Westside Road transfer station is set up to receive household waste including appliances, scrap metal, lawn mowers and other motorized parts, household and lawn furniture.

Hazardous material (including computers and electronics) and demolition waste such as wood from damaged structures or burnt vehicles cannot be accepted.

Note: Fridges and freezers will be accepted at this event at No charge, however must be emptied of all contents prior to drop off.

The North Westside transfer station is only open to RDCO residents, property owners and tenants with a valid ID card. For residents outside the Regional District of Central Okanagan please contact your local government.

The North Westside Road transfer station is open Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  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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Take responsibility for your garabage - keep bears out - September 17, 2021

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

Conservation Officers confirm this has been an extremely active bear season with higher than normal bear sightings and complaint calls, due partly to the wildfires across the region but also extreme drought conditions sending bears searching new locales for food.  CO’s have received a much higher than normal call volume with bears regularly spotted in several neighborhoods from South East Kelowna to West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says now is the time to be extra careful and manage  our behaviour accordingly.  “This is the time of year bears amp up their foraging to build fat stores for winter denning. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is - reduce your risk of conflict- take responsibility for your garbage.”

Stewart reminds residents to store garbage securely, and only put your garbage out the day of pickup, not the night before. “Bears in particular, but other animals as well, have a keen sense of smell. The idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they have access to your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can become food conditioned. Then they pose a risk to you and your family and pets, your neighbors, and themselves. And that’s totally preventable.”

Stewart adds the Regional Waste Reduction Office in conjunction with waste contractor E360s is now into the final phase of a bear cart pilot project testing various models of bear resistant garbage carts in select neighborhoods throughout the region.  “Dependent on the results of the pilot and how those carts have been standing up to bear activity, there may be bear resistant cart options for residents by spring of next year.”

As part of a pilot project this year with the Regional District, the WildSafeBC Central Okanagan program has been working right across the region to monitor carts out the night before, and bear and wildlife activity in general, as well as providing education across the region for residents. WildSafeBC Coordinator, Meg Bjordal says “It’s important for residents to understand that they have a critical role in preventing conflicts with bears and other wildlife, which is through attractant management”.

WildSafeBC has great tips you can follow to help keep wildlife wild and the community safe:

  • Secure your garbage – store it in a secure location indoors or a bear-resistant enclosure. Also secure Yard Waste cart if it contains fruit.
  • Only put garbage out for collection on the morning of pickup, not the night before
  • Encourage neighbors to do the same, offer to help if needed
  • Consider freezing your kitchen waste until the morning of collection day
  • Manage your fruit trees, pick ripe & fallen fruit immediately
  • Maintain your compost so it doesn’t smell. Add fruit slowly. No meat/dairy.
  • Use birdbaths and houses to attract birds, instead of bird feeders

Please report human-bear conflicts to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1.877.952.7277

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the WildSafeBC website: https://wildsafebc.com/species/black-bear/.  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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