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Hazardous waste round-up never ends

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) hosted another very successful Household Hazardous Waste Roundup day last Saturday in Vernon, Enderby and Lumby.

Newalta, the primary contractor for the event, filled 92 drums and 141 pails with flammables, poisons, corrosives, antifreeze, fuel, waste oil, and a myriad of other unknown chemicals.

In addition, the Battery Doctors donated their services to collect the following materials:

  • 10,350 litres of paint
  • 21 automotive batteries
  • 67 kg household batteries
  • 70 litres of aerosols
  • 77 4’ fluorescent tubes
  • 59 CFLs

"We were pleased that RDNO residents once again took the time to safely dispose of their household hazardous waste," says Karmen Morgan, Waste Reduction Coordinator.

"The event would not have been possible without the support of volunteers from the Enderby and Vernon Lions Clubs, and fire fighters from the Enderby and Lumby Volunteer Fire Departments. Staff from Newalta and the Battery Doctors also worked hard throughout the day to ensure residents were served quickly and safely."

Resident living in the RDNO can still safely dispose of their hazardous waste even if they missed last weekend's round-up.

District officials say Chasers Bottle Depot, located at 4702-31st Street in Vernon accepts many household pesticides, paint and flammable liquids from residents at no charge, year round.

Paint can also be dropped off, at no charge year round, at Armstrong Collision Services in Armstrong, KBM Autoworks and Towing in Lumby, and Interior Freight and Bottle Depot in Vernon.

To find a recycling drop-off location near you for batteries, electronics, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, oil, oil filters and containers, small appliances, power tools, broken toys, and many other items, visit the Recycling Council of British Columbia's website or call the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667-4321.

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