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New bins to improve cardboard recycling in the North Okanagan

The RDNO has added new side loading cardboard bins in Lumby, Cherryville and Kingfisher
Side loading cardboard bins have been added at the Lumby Diversion and Disposal Facility and the Cherryville and Kingfisher transfer stations, the RDNO said Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Black Press)

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) is improving the way residents can recycle cardboard. 

New side loading cardboard bins are being deployed this month at the Lumby Diversion and Disposal Facility and the Cherryville and Kingfisher transfer stations. The new bins will accept flattened cardboard and boxboard from customers.

Customers will be required to flatten their cardboard before placing it in the bins. 

The RDNO says the previous top loading bins often contained unflattened cardboard which decreased efficiency by taking up more space. 

It is expected that the new side loading bins will result in improved service and less frequent bin hauls. Fewer bin hauls will result in lower costs and decreased greenhouse gas emissions, the regional district said, adding the risk of contamination from other non-cardboard items in the cardboard bins will also decrease, resulting in a higher rate of materials being recycled. 

The introduction of the side loading cardboard bins will allow for the deployment of a second top loading refuse bin at the Cherryville and Kingfisher locations, which is expected to result in improved service by providing additional refuse handling capacity. 

"Service disruptions due to a full refuse bin prior to the end of the business day should be a thing of the past," the RDNO said. "Having two bins will allow the bins to be loaded to full capacity prior to transfer for disposal, further reducing hauling costs and greenhouse gas emissions."

More information on diversion and disposal options and fees can be found at



Brendan Shykora

About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started at the Morning Star as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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