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Recycling program expands

Starting May 19th, Central Okanagan residents will be able to place NEW items in their curbside recycling cart or drop them off at any of the convenient recycling depots. These changes are part of a new province-wide stewardship program for Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) and mark the first major expansion in the Central Okanagan recycling program since it was launched many years ago.

New Items Acceptable as of May 19th 2014 include:

Hot and cold paper drink cups (e.g. coffee cups)
Milk and milk substitute cartons (e.g. milk, soy, rice, almond milk containers, soup and broth “tetra-pak” type containers)
Plastic coated paper packaging (e.g. ice cream cartons, frozen meal boxes)
Aerosol cans, empty (e.g. hairspray, air freshener, wax and furniture polish)
Spiral wound cans (e.g. frozen juice, coffee cans, nuts, chips)
Microwaveable Paper Containers (e.g. single serve soups, paper bowls)

Other New Changes Include:

·         Styrofoam recycling (e.g. meat trays, foam cups, egg cartons, electronics packaging) will be accepted at DEPOTS ONLY

·         Plastic film (e.g. grocery bags etc.) will become a DEPOT ONLY item and will no longer be accepted in the curbside recycling cart

·         Depot users will be required to sort their recycling into more categories starting May 19th.  Categories at the depot will be paper, containers, Styrofoam, glass and plastic bags.

Peter Rotheisler, Manager of Environmental Services with the Regional District says, “Compared with some areas of the province, our recycling program has been at the forefront and considered one of the best.  It’s going to be even better with the Central Okanagan’s participation in the province-wide Packaging and Printed Paper program. The expansion in the types of materials accepted for recycling means more items will be recycled than ever before, which is also good news for our one remaining landfill.”

Background Information of Packaging and Printed Paper Program in BC

In 2011, the BC government passed a regulation requiring all businesses that supply packaging and printed paper (PPP) to BC residential consumers be responsible for collecting and recycling that material once consumers are finished with it.

As a result, a non-profit organization called Multi Material BC was formed to represent businesses to meet their obligation under the recycling regulation. MMBC, in consultation with stakeholders, including businesses and local governments, developed a stewardship plan to collect and recycle residential packaging and printed paper. MMBC’s stewardship plan was approved by the provincial government in April 2013 and the program will launch on May 19, 2014.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland all have signed contracts with MMBC to collect recyclables on behalf of MMBC and in accordance with MMBC requirements.

Vernon and Penticton are also a part of the program. 

For further information visit www.regionaldistrict/recyclemore or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

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