Waste Reduction Office - What's New

Multi-family Recycling Survey - July 22, 2020

Residents and managers of multi-family properties throughout the Central Okanagan are invited to participate in a survey designed to identify and understand barriers to participation in recycling programs. 

Greenstep Solutions is conducting the survey on behalf of the Regional District  of Central Okanagan.  “This survey is a way for the RDCO to better understand how multifamily residential properties are diverting their waste through commercial hauling services,” says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator for the Regional District. 

By offering feedback, both residents and property managers are able to have their voices heard when it comes to their waste diversion practices: what is working for them and what’s not, and where they would like to see improvement. The feedback received will offer the RDCO a better understanding of current recycling programs in multi-family residential properties, how individuals use them, and identify the real or perceived barriers to more effective waste diversion.

Once the results are compiled Stewart explains that “The RDCO aims to provide tools and support to multifamily residents and property managers that will raise awareness of existing programs and support them to improve their recycling practices.  This will further our goal of reducing the amount of garbage being sent to the local landfill."

To participate in the survey, please visit recyclesurvey.ca. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes of your time and all answers will remain anonymous. After completing the survey, you’ll have the option to enter a random draw for one of three $100 gift certificates for the local, Okanagan business of your choice.

If you or someone you know lives in a multi-family residential building, or if you are a property manager of this type of dwelling, please forward this survey link on to them.

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North Westside Hazardous Waste-Computer & Electronics Round Up - June 25, 2020

Saturday morning July 25 North Westside Road residents (with valid resident ID cards) will have a special opportunity to dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products.  View Poster

From 8:00 am to 12 noon residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste materials from around their homes at the North Westside Road Transfer Station.  Household paint and aerosol paint, flammable liquids and aerosols, domestic pesticides with the poison symbol and PCP number, gas (in an approved ULC container), household and automotive batteries, electronics and computer equipment, along with small appliances, lights and light fixtures  will all be collected. No propane tanks, chemicals or commercial waste products will be accepted.  It is important when visiting this facility to ensure you are practicing proper physical distancing from those around you.

The Transfer Station is located along the Sugarloaf Mountain/Whiteman Creek Forest Service Road( Turn at the corner or Westside Road and Sugarloaf Mountain Forest Service Road.)

For more information and details about this collection please contact Kelowna Recycling, also known as the Battery Doctors at 250-860-2866, or the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250,  or email recycle@rdco.com.

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Recycle Your Plant Pots - May 15, 2020

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. As for those little tags that identify the plants, those need to go in the garbage, they are not part of the recycling program.”  

Deanne Stephenson,  Manager of Cascades Recovery, the facility where all our recycling ends up for sorting, says, “The markets where the plastics are shipped  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 garden 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.

During COVID 19, as a general reminder, where possible please limit the number of trips you take to our local landfill, transfer stations, or local recycling facilities so they do not become overwhelmed and create a situation of crowding.  It is important when visiting these facilities to ensure you are practicing proper physical distancing from those around you.

The Glenmore Landfill and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre on Asquith Road in West Kelowna will no longer be accepting cash payments.  In the interest of public health please use interact or credit card tap payment services only to reduce keypad contact.

For all your recycling inquiries, and to find out more about what else you can recycle, download the free Recycle Coach app at rdco.com/recycle, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Bears are Back - Take Responsibility for your Trash - May 7, 2020

The Regional Waste Reduction Office is sending out the spring reminder to do your part in keeping neighbourhoods safe by managing all things that attract wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.

Conservation Officers confirm bears have already been spotted in several neighbourhoods from Peachland to West Kelowna and beyond. Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says that means it’s time to be extra vigilant. “This is the time of year bears come out of hibernation, hungry, and looking for food.  The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is to reduce your risk of conflict and take responsibility for your trash.”

Stewart reminds residents to store waste and recycling carts inside a shed or garage and put carts out only on the morning 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 find your waste, they can make a real mess, but also become food conditioned. Then they can pose a risk to you and your family, your neighbours, and themselves. And that’s totally preventable.”

Stewart says the Regional Waste Reduction Office in conjunction with their waste contractor E360s will be continuing with the next phase of a pilot project of fully automated bear resistant garbage carts in select neighbourhoods. “There have been some design issues with these new model carts, so testing on the upgraded versions will continue this spring. Dependent on the results of the pilot and how those carts stand up to bear activity, there may be new bear resistant cart options for residents later this year. Something to keep in mind though, the manufacturer stresses these automated bear carts are still only bear resistant, not 100 per cent bear proof, so managing your attractants carefully is still critical. 

Wildsafe BC has tips you can follow to keep wildlife wild and help prevent conflict:

  • 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 birdbaths to attract birds, rather than 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/about/.    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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Keeping Garbage Collection running smoothly during COVID-19 Crisis - March 24, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt services across the community it’s important to keep garbage collection and waste management running smoothly. Garbage collection is considered an essential service and the RDCO Waste Reduction Office and its member municipalities are working to ensure the least amount of disruption to service over the coming weeks and months.

In order to reduce the strain on all waste management services residents are asked to note the following important reminders and changes: 

Visiting the Landfill or Transfer Stations:

With more people at home, there is a noticeable increase in traffic at the landfill, transfer stations and recycling depots including:

  • The Glenmore Landfill
  • Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre on Asquith Road in West Kelowna
  • Traders Cove Transfer Station
  • North Westside Transfer Station
  • Local recycling depots.  

If possible, limit the number of trips you take to these facilities so they do not become overwhelmed and create a situation of crowding.  It is important when visiting these facilities to ensure you are practicing proper physical distancing from those around you.

The Glenmore Landfill and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre on Asquith Road in West Kelowna will no longer be accepting cash payments.  In the interest of public health please use interact or credit card tap payment services only to reduce keypad contact.

Tag a Bags:

Curbside tag-a-bag service for extra garbage is being suspended at this time to cut down on the amount of waste that collection personnel have to manually handle. 

Only those currently waiting for delivery of new or replacement carts will be allowed to continue placing additional tag-a-bag garbage or bagged recycling curbside.

Cart Upgrades:

The RDCO and member municipalities will be suspending all cart upgrades until further notice.  This includes upgrading the size of garbage and recycling carts, as well as the addition of yard waste carts.  Home cart delivery and replacements for broken carts may also be delayed

Cart Placement and Access:

Help make sure curbside carts are accessible and that vehicles or other objects are not obstructing them as this slows collection.  Keep cul-de sacs clear so trucks have adequate space to turn around during collection. Throughout the Central Okanagan on-street parking in residential areas has increased and this makes curbside collection substantially more difficult.

Return It Depots and Hazardous Waste Depot:

Phone ahead to see if your regular retail outlet or drop off location is open. Some locations for household refundables or other depot-only items such as electronics, small appliances have reduced hours and are unable to take back your materials at this time. Please store your materials safely at your home until such time as facilities return to normal service levels. Do not place depot-only items such as refundable, electronics, household hazardous wastes or other depot only items into garbage or recycling carts. 

Donation Material

Several charities and non-profit organizations have suspended accepting donations at community drop-off boxes.  Please call ahead to determine if they are accepting material. If not, please store any donations in your home until further notice.   Do not drop material beside community drop-boxes or outside regular donation collection locations, this is considered a form of illegal dumping.

For further information, please visit rdco.com/recycle or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at recycle@rdco.com or call 250.469.6250.

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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@rdco.com
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