Glenmore Landfill - more than a dump

Just because it’s headed for a landfill, doesn’t mean it won’t get recycled!

People are often surprised when we tell them we’re going to a landfill with their items. Their usual reaction is a puzzled “Well, I thought these guys recycle...” look. Yes, we’re going straight to Glenmore Landfill – but it doesn’t mean all of your items will be dumped and buried. Far from it.

Glenmore Landfill is operated by the City of Kelowna and provides its services to surrounding areas – whether you bring items from your home or office. It just so happens that Glenmore Landfill is leading the way in recycling efforts – and you will find multiple recycling options when you come there. What can be recycled at Glenmore Landfill? The list is long!

  • Cardboard and paper products
  • Plastic and containers
  • Propane containers
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Christmas lights
  • Glass (bottles, jars, etc.)
  • Clean and unpainted lumber
  • Yard waste, stumps, yard clippings, etc.
  • Asphalt and concrete
  • Scrap metal and refrigeration appliances
  • Tires (with or without rims)
  • Drywall

There are multiple designated areas where you can deposit these items, the staff is friendly and helpful and will be happy to answer your questions. While some of the items are shipped elsewhere for recycling, some items are used internally for landfill needs – for example asphalt and concrete is crushed and used for internal road construction. In addition, there’s a dedicated area for Big Brothers and Big Sisters donations – you are welcome to drop off gently used household items, clothing, and similar knick-knacks.

So, while it might take some time to sort and recycle all of your  items, you can be sure that they’ll get recycled properly and benefit everybody – even if you drop them off at the dump. Personally, I think it’s time to rename it to “Glenmore Recycling and Disposal Facility”.

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About the Author

Yoree Grozenok owns and operates 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in Kelowna, part of world's largest junk removal company. Years of operating this great business has given him wealth of knowledge and experience in recycling.

While other companies think of recycling as a 'nice thing to do', Yoree Grozenok built his business with recycling in mind from the very beginning. Not only is every effort made to recycle obvious items like scrap metal or cardboard, but the goal is set to recycle up to 80% of items picked up. They also recycle through donating items to charities or Kelowna Food Bank. All recycling efforts are tracked and publicly available for greater accountability.

Yoree Grozenok also started an annual eWaste recycling event that takes place each April in an effort to divert electronic waste going to the landfill. This drive give residents a chance to recycle their televisions, computers, and other electronic junk.

1-800-GOT-JUNK? was nominated for Green Business award through SIFE Okanagan.

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Website: www.1800gotjunk.com

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