Garbage

These two photos are of compost bins collected by SCV Waste Solutions in Salmon Arm. The one on the left containing bagged compostables and a pizza box was free of debris when dumped. The one on the right, containing frozen food waste, could only be partially emptied when dumped. (SCV Waste Solutions photos)

Compost freezing to Vernon’s collection carts

Residents offered tips amid winter to prevent bins from not being emptied

 

Ucluelet garbageman Frank Thomas Trodden took this photo of just some of the bounty he received during an appreciation day held in his honour to thank him for his hard work and positive attitude. (Photo courtesy of Frank Thomas Trodden)

B.C. small town shows its ‘Frank Appreciation’ for popular garbage collector

“Thanks Frank for doing a great job. We really do appreciate you.”

 

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) hosted their annual hazardous household waste roundup event in Creston on Sept. 19. Hundreds of cars passed through the parking lot of the rec centre for the four-hour event, and one-by-one they lined up and were met by volunteers who sorted through and organized whatever electronics and other hazardous items they had to offer. Volunteers from the Creston Fire Rescue, RDCK, Terrapure Environmental and other organizations sifted through large quantities of car batteries, paint, computers, TVs, DVDs, household cleaners, lightbulbs and more. Following the event, the waste was sent to a disposable facility in Kelowna for further sorting and disposal. In addition to Creston, the RDCK hosted hazardous roundup events in Kaslo, Castlegar, Silverton and Nakusp throughout the month of September.
(Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)

Hazardous waste rounded up on Westside

North Westside residents can drop off paints, aeresols, computers, flammables, batteries

 

There have been a few growing pains with Vernon's new organics and garbage curbside collection program, which launched May 2, 2022.  (City of Vernon photo)

Vernon corrects garbage collection misprint

Nothing changes for the routines established by residents since new system came into effect

There have been a few growing pains with Vernon's new organics and garbage curbside collection program, which launched May 2, 2022.  (City of Vernon photo)
Food and yard waste collection programs are coming to Lumby and Vernon, thanks to funding from the provincial government announced Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Black Press File Photo)

Vernon rolls out tips to avoid stinky compost carts

Odours, attracting pests, carts not emptying properly are some of the issues

Food and yard waste collection programs are coming to Lumby and Vernon, thanks to funding from the provincial government announced Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Black Press File Photo)
Damaged property near Killiney Beach property on Aug. 24, one of the Westside Road areas impacted by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Bulky waste collection offered for North Westside residents

Old appliances, scrap metal, household and lawn furniture can be disposed of

Damaged property near Killiney Beach property on Aug. 24, one of the Westside Road areas impacted by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Bears have been seen around Salmon Arm recently, in some cases getting into residents’ city food waste bins. The city asks residents to keep the bins in closed buildings and not put them out until collection day. (File photo)

Thwarted by tough lid, hungry bear in the Shuswap takes whole garbage can

Several bear sightings around Salmon Arm, city urges residents to keep food waste in closed buildings

Bears have been seen around Salmon Arm recently, in some cases getting into residents’ city food waste bins. The city asks residents to keep the bins in closed buildings and not put them out until collection day. (File photo)
A bear cub was seen eating garbage in Vernon’s Harwood area Friday, May 27, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Bear cub feeding from Vernon garbage bin prompts call to take extra care

Wise Wildlife Control shared tips for keeping bears away from properties

A bear cub was seen eating garbage in Vernon’s Harwood area Friday, May 27, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Bear runs across Kane Road in Glenmore. (Facebook)

Bear activity in Central Okanagan a concern for conservation officers

‘Securing attractants is the single best way to keep people safe, and avoid unnecessary killing of bears’

Bear runs across Kane Road in Glenmore. (Facebook)
City of Salmon Arm parks and facilities employee Dave Dollack removes a full garbage bag from one of the city’s eight-foot deep garbage cans. (Barb Brouwer photo)

False teeth, cell phones, wallets and other items retrieved from Salmon Arm trash cans

City bins often being used for disposing household garbage

  • May 16, 2022
City of Salmon Arm parks and facilities employee Dave Dollack removes a full garbage bag from one of the city’s eight-foot deep garbage cans. (Barb Brouwer photo)
There have been a few growing pains with Vernon’s new organics and garbage curbside collection program, which launched May 2, 2022. (City of Vernon photo)

Garbage and organics collection issues persist in Vernon

The city shared a video of the new automated collection trucks, which require bins to be spaced out

There have been a few growing pains with Vernon’s new organics and garbage curbside collection program, which launched May 2, 2022. (City of Vernon photo)
The Okanagan Forest Task Force cleaned up an abandoned encampment near Big White (Kane Blake/Submitted)

‘I’ll have to go back with a chisel’: huge mess at abandoned homeless camp near Big White

Kane Blake said that he isn’t surprised by anything he finds dumped anymore

The Okanagan Forest Task Force cleaned up an abandoned encampment near Big White (Kane Blake/Submitted)
The new organics carts have been delivered to city residents, including a household bucket, and pickup is underway. Residents had a chance to learn about the program at the Expo April 30. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon residents reminded of changes to waste collection service

All but a few scheduled routes were collected Monday, the first day of the new program

The new organics carts have been delivered to city residents, including a household bucket, and pickup is underway. Residents had a chance to learn about the program at the Expo April 30. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
View of a stockpile at the facility on Vye Road.

Toxic chemicals discharged from Abbotsford waste facility into fish-bearing creek

Company responsible is under contract with the City of Abbotsford

View of a stockpile at the facility on Vye Road.
Josh Mitchell of Spa Hills Farm (left), Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming, Mary Stockdale, Emterra vice president Nevil Davies and Emterra operations manager Richard Andersen met at the Vernon council chambers ahead of the launch of Vernon’s residential curbside organics collection program on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon garbage collection schedule trashed

Waste picked up bi-weekly, with new dates for residents as organic collection rolls in

Josh Mitchell of Spa Hills Farm (left), Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming, Mary Stockdale, Emterra vice president Nevil Davies and Emterra operations manager Richard Andersen met at the Vernon council chambers ahead of the launch of Vernon’s residential curbside organics collection program on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon’s Elephant Services announced it has acquired the assets of All In Bin Rentals Thursday, April 7, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Vernon storage company goes ‘all in’ on garbage bin rentals

Elephant Services has acquired the assets of All In Bin Rentals

Vernon’s Elephant Services announced it has acquired the assets of All In Bin Rentals Thursday, April 7, 2022. (Submitted photo)
A burnt trailer and other garbage was found in the North Okanagan backcountry off Noble Canyon Road. The Okanagan Forest Task Force said they will clean up the mess Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Stacie Coyle/Facebook)

Okanagan Forest Task Force to remove burnt trailer from Noble Canyon

A burnt trailer, abandoned fifth wheel and piles of garbage were found littering the backcountry

A burnt trailer and other garbage was found in the North Okanagan backcountry off Noble Canyon Road. The Okanagan Forest Task Force said they will clean up the mess Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Stacie Coyle/Facebook)
A Vernon resident is dismayed by the latest act of vandalism at Knox Presbyterian Church on Alexis Park Drive, where she and others gather for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. (Submitted photo)

Fire latest in vandalism at Vernon church

Repeated acts of vandalism at the Knox Presbyterian Church leave users upset

A Vernon resident is dismayed by the latest act of vandalism at Knox Presbyterian Church on Alexis Park Drive, where she and others gather for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. (Submitted photo)
Sicamous’ mayor and council expressed frustration over the ongoing littering by the Sicamous Husky Travel Center. (District of Sicamous photo)

‘They’re still pigs’: Sicamous council frustrated by littering around local truck stop

Councillors discuss options including signage, bylaw enforcement

Sicamous’ mayor and council expressed frustration over the ongoing littering by the Sicamous Husky Travel Center. (District of Sicamous photo)
The ninth annual Our Enderby Clean-Up Challenge will take place Saturday, April 23, 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Enderby residents challenged to clean up community in April

The 9th annual Our Enderby Clean-Up Challenge will take place April 23

The ninth annual Our Enderby Clean-Up Challenge will take place Saturday, April 23, 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)