Okanagan residents concerned with the environment have a number of excellent options in regards to dealing with waste products.
No longer is there a steady stream of items which can be recycled or dangerous waste heading into landfills.
Last Wednesday, more than 400 Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) residents tackled the problem of Styrofoam.
The RDNO, Vernon and District Association for Community Living and Interior Freight and Bottle hosted a free Styrofoam round up at the Real Canadian Wholesale Club parking lot in Vernon and at the Super A Foods Parking Lot in Lumby.
In just four hours, three and a half ten-ton truck loads of clean, recyclable Styrofoam was collected.
That's enough Styrofoam to fill an average size house from floor to ceiling. After this material is processed, the densified material would fit in a bedroom closet of that average size house.
“Our Styrofoam Recycling Program is unique in Canada and I am pleased that RDNO residents have an option to keep this material out of area landfills,” says Karmen Morgan, RDNO Waste Reduction Coordinator.
After the success of the event, another Styrofoam Round Up is scheduled for June 2013 during Environment Week.
Vernon residents can still get rid of Styrofoam year-round at Interior Freight and Bottle Depot located at 4205-24 Avenue, and at Venture Training Centre located at 4240 Alexis Park Drive.
A $3 per bag handling fee is charged at the drop-off locations, which covers the cost of receiving, inspecting, processing, and transporting the collected material.
The bags used to drop off Styrofoam must be clear and no larger than a large lawn and leaf bag.
Styrofoam drop-off is also available at the Greater Vernon Recycling and Disposal Facility and the Armstrong Spallumcheen Recycling and Disposal Facility.
Regular refuse disposal fees apply. For more information contact the RDNO at 250-550-3700 or by visiting their website.