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No charge at Kamloops landfills for sandbags

June 12, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - As the chance of more flooding decreases, you may be wondering what to do with all the sandbags you have stacked up.

The City of Kamloops is allowing residents to drop off sandbags — sand included — at landfills around the city free of charge until further notice.

City spokesperson Tammy Robertson says they will use the sand and sandbags in a couple different ways.

“It depends on the volume of what we get back,” she says. “We can use it for landfill operations. We use it for cover because we have to cover the garbage in the landfill to keep things from blowing around.”

Depending on the state of the sand, the City will salvage what it can and store it for use in the winter on city streets for traction.

Robertson says the number of sandbags used in Kamloops is manageable for the City, but she isn’t sure what will happen with sandbags in the Okanagan, where over a 1.5 million have been used so far.

A press release from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen says municipalities are preparing to deal with the massive influx, but doesn’t give details.

Some Kamloops residents aren’t planning on dumping their sandbags at all.

“We’re hearing that some residents intend to keep sandbags for future use potentially,” Robertson says. “Or using the sand for their own landscape purposes.”

The flood watch for the South Thompson River ended earlier today.

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