Blue bag recyclables still accepted at landfill

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) continues to help explain the new recycling program introduced in May

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) continues to help explain the new recycling program introduced in May.

The RDNO residential, curbside Blue Bag Recycling Program ended on May 16 and was replaced by the Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) Curbside Blue Box Recycling Program.

Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in the new curbside program for the Packaging and Printed Paper outlined in the MMBC guide which can be found at

The level of recycling services provided at all RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDFs) has not changed with the introduction of the MMBC program.

Customers can continue to drop off blue bag recyclables at all RDNO RDFs at no charge.

Residents and businesses who utilize the recycling drop centres provided at RDNO RDFs must bag RDNO-accepted recyclable items including clean paper, cardboard, plastics with numbers 1-7 in the recycling loop (not including styrofoam), as well as food-grade tin and aluminum products.

MMBC items including aerosol cans, cardboard milk cartons, coffee cups, pet food bags, or any plastic container without the numbers 1-7 are not accepted at RDF recycling drop centres, and must be placed at the curbside or taken to an MMBC depot.

The recycling drop centre at the Greater Vernon Recycling and Disposal Facility (GVRDF) has been upgraded.

The blue bag recyclables bin at the GVRDF has been removed in favour of a temporary bunker for bagged (blue bag or clear bag) recyclables. GVRDF customers are requested to simply place their bagged recyclables over the concrete median onto the paved surface. Please stay out of the blue bag marshalling area as heavy equipment is active in this area.

Loose, bulk cardboard continues to be accepted in the blue roll-off bins at the GVRDF Recycling Drop Centre, as does glass jars and bottles (place in the designated containers).

Styrofoam is also accepted in the shipping container next to the residential drop-off area for garbage, metal, and wood. A drop-off fee applies for Styrofoam.

Residents with household hazardous waste may recycle and dispose of items with poisonous or corrosive labels, used oil, fuel and unknown chemical varieties in containers up to 20 litres at the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Round Up on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Enderby and Lumby Fire Halls (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and the RDNO office parking lot in Coldstream (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.).