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Hazardous waste round up

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The 19th annual Household Hazardous Waste Round Up will be held Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This year's event will be held at the KLO campus of Okanagan College.

The only access to the site will be off of Raymer Avenue at Kelowna Secondary School.

“We see about 50 thousand litres of hazardous waste dropped off at these events each year,” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart. “That’s huge in terms of caring for our environment. Many household chemicals can pose a risk if disposed incorrectly, and are in fact banned from our landfills and sewer systems. Just as importantly, they can be dangerous to our families and pets if not used or stored properly.”

She says the average household has more than 100 litres of household hazardous materials stored in their kitchens, bathrooms, closets, basements and garages at any one time.

“Those materials include stuff like old gasoline or anti-freeze, pesticides, paint, solvents and household cleaners.”

Stewart reminds residents if they only have a can or two of leftover paint and don’t have time to wait in line, they may prefer to take their leftover paint to the year round depots.

“The Boucherie Bottle Depot on the Westside and the Battery Doctors on Windsor Road in Kelowna collect paint year-round. The Hazardous Waste Round Up is for residential use and containers up to 20 litres only. Commercial waste will not be accepted. Residential hazardous materials include anything with an explosive, flammable or poisonous label, like solvents, chemicals, corrosive or toxic cleaners, pesticides, and old gasoline. Automotive and household batteries and propane tanks are also accepted at the event.”

For more information about the Hazardous Waste Round Up, or to find out more about what you can or cannot bring, go to the Regional District's website or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

    Common Household Hazardous Waste Examples:
  • Roofing tar
  • Paint (latex & oil based)
  • Aerosols
  • Compressed Gas Containers
  • Adhesives
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • Fuel
  • Drain Cleaner
  • Sealers
  • Oil
  • Strippers
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Batteries
  • Corrosive Materials
  • Acids
  • Caustics
  • Ballasts.

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