Roundup cleans up waste

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Roundup cleans up in Vernon, Enderby and Lumby

  • Oct. 13, 2013 9:00 a.m.

It was a busy day for rounding up hazardous waste products in the North Okanagan.

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) hosted its annual Household Hazardous Waste Roundup last Saturday in Vernon, Enderby and Lumby.

Newalta, the primary contractor for the event, filled 127 drums, and 146 pails with flammables, poisons, corrosives, antifreeze, fuel, waste oil, and a myriad of other unknown chemicals.

In addition, the Battery Doctors donated their services to collect the following materials:

11,287 litres of paint;

53 automotive batteries;

95 kg household batteries;

22 litres of aerosols;

33 four-foot fluorescent tubes;

56 CFLs.

“We were pleased that North Okanagan residents once again took the time to safely dispose of their household hazardous waste,” said Dale Danallanko, RDNO’s recycling and disposal facilities operations manager.

“The event would not be possible without the support of volunteers from the Enderby and Vernon Lions Clubs, and firefighters from the Enderby and Lumby Volunteer Fire Departments. Staff from Newalta and the Battery Doctors also worked hard throughout the day to ensure residents were served quickly and safely.”

If you missed this year’s Hazardous Waste Round Up, take advantage of the year-round disposal options for many common household items.

Chasers Bottle Depot, located at 4702–31st Street in Vernon, accepts many household pesticides, paint and flammable liquids from residents at no charge, year round.

Paint can also be dropped off, at no charge year round, at Armstrong Collision Services in Armstrong, KBM Autoworks and Towing in Lumby, and Interior Freight and Bottle Depot in Vernon.

To find a recycling drop-off locations for batteries, electronics, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, lighting fixtures and products, mercury-containing thermostats, oil, oil filters and containers, small appliances, power tools, broken toys, and many other items, visit or call the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667-4321.