Tie it, tarp it, strap it: Secure landfill waste loads

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KELOWNA - The City of Kelowna is reminding residents that waste loads going to the Glenmore Landfill need to be tied, strapped and tarped.

Some residents have been neglecting to cover their landfill loads, which can allow debris to fall out and create a safety hazard to vehicles driving behind as well as pedestrians and cyclists who share the road.

“In 2015 there was a 15 per cent increase in vehicle traffic to the landfill during the first six months of the year. This resulted in an increase of roadside debris,” said Ken Muller, Landfill Supervisor. “It’s important that residents and businesses remember to cover and secure their loads regardless of how far they’re travelling.”

Bylaw enforcement staff are monitoring and handing out fines to those who neglect to cover and secure their load. There are also cameras located at the landfill that can be used to impose fines. The fine for an uncovered or unsecured load is $150 under the City’s Solid Waste Management Bylaw. Provincial penalties may also apply.

Residents who do properly secure their waste loads have a chance to be rewarded as well.

“Bylaw staff will be randomly selecting individuals and providing them with a gift certificate for OgoGrow compost,” said Muller.

The Glenmore Landfill is located at 1595 Glenmore Road North. The facility is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Residents planning to refresh their gardens or amend soil can purchase OgoGrow or GlenGrow compost at the landfill from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.

For more information about the Glenmore Landfill, visit kelowna.ca/waste.

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