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Regional district asking residents to limit trips to Glenmore landfill to avoid crowding

The Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna is busy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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March 25, 2020 - 9:24 AM

One day after the City of Kelowna dropped parking fees downtown because COVID-19 was keeping people away, the call has gone out for people to limit their trips to regional garbage collection sites.

“With more people at home, there is a noticeable increase in traffic at the landfill, transfer stations and recycling depots,” states a news release from Jodie Foster, director of corporate communications with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan that was issued yesterday, March 24.

The increase includes the Glenmore landfill, the residential garbage drop-off and recycling station in West Kelowna, along with Traders Cover and North Westside transfer stations and other recycling depots.

“If possible, limit the number of trips you take to these facilities so they do not become overwhelmed and create a situation of crowding,” Foster wrote. “It is important when visiting these facilities to ensure you are practicing proper physical distancing from those around you.”

These facilities are no longer taking cash payments, only tap cards.

Those paying to tag extra bags will not have them picked up unless they are awaiting delivery of bins. This is to reduce the amount of manual handling of garbage.

Replacement or upgrades of carts is also suspended.

Some outlets that take things like electronics or refundables may be on reduced hours or closed and many charities are no longer accepting donations.

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