Event safely rounds up waste

Sept. 29 event filled 92 drums, and 141 pails with flammables, poisons, corrosives and other materials

The annual Household Hazardous Waste Roundup is being declared a success.

The Sept. 29 event filled 92 drums, and 141 pails with flammables, poisons, corrosives, antifreeze, fuel, waste oil, and a myriad of other unknown chemicals.

“We were pleased residents once again took the time to safely dispose of their household hazardous waste,” states Karmen Morgan, with the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Also collected was 10,350 litres of paint, 21 automotive batteries, 67 kilograms of household batteries, 70 litres of aerosols, 77 fluorescent tubes and 59 compact fluorescent lights.

“The event would not have been possible without the support of volunteers from the Enderby and Vernon Lions clubs and firefighters from the Enderby and Lumby departments,” said Morgan.

“Staff from Newalta and the Battery Doctor also worked hard throughout the day to ensure residents were served quickly and safely.”

Year-round disposal options exist for many common household items.

Chasers Bottle Depot in Vernon accepts many household pesticides, paint and flammable liquids from residents at no charge, year round. Paint can also be dropped off at Armstrong Collision Services, KBM Autoworks and Towing in Lumby, and Interior Freight and Bottle Depot in Vernon.

To find a recycling drop-off location near you for batteries, electronics, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, oil, oil filters and containers, small appliances, power tools, broken toys, and many other items, visit www.rcbc.bc.ca or call 1-800-667-4321.