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North OK reaches garbage targets

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) is pleased to announce that North Okanagan residents met the provincially mandated target of less than 0.55 tonnes disposed per capita annually in both 2011 and 2012 (0.52 and 0.49 tonnes disposed per capita respectively) with preliminary results from 2013 showing the same trend.

The RDNO has been working towards waste diversion goals set in the Solid Waste Management Plan in order to preserve landfill capacity for materials that currently have other recycling or diversion options, and to avoid having to establish a new disposal site in the region in the near future.

The last time this goal was achieved was in 2002.

Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDFs) in the North Okanagan are first and foremost recycling and diversion facilities.

Customers are encouraged to separate, sort and save, not only money on disposal fees, but save landfill capacity for materials that cannot be recycled or diverted from disposal.

RDFs in the RDNO offer many recycling options including, “Blue Bag” recyclables, cardboard, propane tanks, household and automotive batteries, appliances, scrap metal, drywall, yard and garden waste, mattresses, asphalt roofing, Styrofoam, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, and tires.

Other materials such as wood, glass, and crushable material such as brick, asphalt and concrete, are utilized on site for a variety of operational purposes.

The RDNO is constantly looking for ways to further reduce the amount of waste being landfilled, and has structured recycling and disposal fees to encourage recycling and discourage unnecessary disposal.

“Residents who choose not to separate recyclable and divertible materials from garbage will pay a premium to do so,” says Nicole Kohnert, Manager of Regional Engineering Services.

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