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Regional District will be inspecting your recycling cart by the end of the month

The Regional District of the Central Okanagan will be sending inspectors out to remind residents what is acceptable for recycling and what is not.
June 16, 2017 - 2:30 PM

CENTRAL OKANAGAN – The Regional District will soon be sending inspectors out to neighborhoods across the Central Okanagan to make sure residents aren’t putting trash in their recycling carts.

Peter Rotheisler, Manager of Environmental Services for the Regional District, says crews will physically look through carts awaiting pickup, and leaving stickers indicating that the homeowner has done a good or bad job of separating their recyclable materials.

“Where there are large levels of unacceptable materials, the cart will be tagged and the waste hauler instructed to leave the offending cart at the curb until the resident removes what’s not allowed before it can be picked up again,” he says in a media release.

“Most people are doing a pretty good job when it comes to putting the right things in their carts but we understand there’s still a little confusion out there, that’s why we’re heading out again, ramping up the education campaign.”

Inspectors will be in random neighborhoods starting the end of this month. They will be looking for electronics, small appliances, syringes, propane tanks, garbage, textiles such as clothes, fabric, pillows, plastic bags, styrofoam, glass, cling wrap, bubble wrap, chip and snack bags, zipper bags, toys, Tupperware-type containers, laundry baskets, garden hoses, books and more. 

This is the second year inspectors will be used to enforce recycling bylaws.

Last year more than 3,000 homes were inspected and thousands of letters were sent directly to residents caught with the wrong materials in their waste carts.

To find out more about what to recycle, visit the Regional District of the Central Okanagan recycling website.


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