Greater Vernon

Greater Vernon

District rounds up waste

It’s time to get rid of those old pesticides and cleaners hanging around your shed or house.

It’s time to get rid of those old pesticides and cleaners hanging around your shed or house.

The annual Household Hazardous Waste Round Up takes place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Okanagan College parking lot in Coldstream and from 9 a.m. to noon at the Enderby and Lumby fire halls.

“Bring your household hazardous waste for safe disposal or recycling – old pesticides, solvents, chemicals, or corrosive and toxic cleaners; anything with an explosive, flammable or poisonous label,” said Robyn Cooper, waste reduction co-ordinator for the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“This service is provided free of charge to residents.”

The event is for household hazardous waste only and containers up to 20 litres in size will be accepted.

Waste from commercial or industrial sources will not be accepted, nor will electronic waste.

Residents should take precautions when preparing and transporting hazardous materials:

1. Keep away from children, pets or food products;

2. Tightly secure lids to prevent leaks;

3. Leave the material in the original container and do not remove the labels. This will ensure proper handling if contents are unknown; and

4. Pack in a sturdy box and place upright to prevent spills and line your trunk or truck bed with plastic just in case.

“These events would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers from the Enderby and Vernon Lion Clubs and the firefighters from the Enderby and Lumby fire halls,” said Cooper.

For more information about the event or other hazardous waste disposal options, call 250-550-3700 or go to www.rdno.ca.