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Regional district asking South Okanagan residents to limit landfill use

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is cautioning residents to make sure they are healthy and only use the region's landfills if necessary after experiencing excessive traffic at Campbell Mountain Landfill over the past weekend.
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March 25, 2020 - 11:05 AM

A big jump in landfill use has raised safety concerns with the regional district in the South Okanagan.

The regional district reports an increase in yard waste from spring cleaning which has created safety issues at the landfills.

A large spike in landfill use during the past weekend has prompted the regional district to advise residents to use curbside collection until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen media release.

The regional district said the Campbell Mountain landfill has been especially busy with lineups stretching outside the landfill, blocking traffic.

The regional district has asked residents to use yard waste collection services if available.

Customers using the landfill are asked to bring credit or debit cards for payment, as cash will not be accepted.

Those self-isolating or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay home.

"We understand many people are returning from their winter homes or sitting at home in isolation,” regional district chair Karla Kozakevich said in the release. “But an unnecessary visit to the landfill can place staff and others at risk. Please listen to health professionals and follow self-isolation and physical distancing procedures.”

The district is considering more restrictive measures including the closure of landfills to non-commercial customers if attendance and associated risks can’t be managed. If such measures are necessary, advance notice will be posted on the regional district website here.

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