Random checks of Penticton residents' recycling and yard waste carts this summer

Recycling audits coming

Recycling teams have started checking through Penticton residents’ curbside recycling and yard waste carts in an effort to improve the community’s sorting success rates.

The city said that the team of “recycling ambassadors,'” random inspections of the bins, is all part of an education campaign.

“Overall, Penticton is doing a great job of sorting their recycling into their blue carts, as well as keeping non-plant materials out of their yard waste carts. With a few tips and reminders, we hope to raise awareness of some common mistakes so that homeowners are more aware about what can go in their carts,” David Kassian, community sustainability coordinator, said.

“Please keep an eye out for the city’s recycling ambassadors, who will be auditing the carts this summer.”

Penticton has a goal to lower recycling contamination rate of 7.8 per cent to 4.5 per cent by year-end to meet RecycleBC requirements, bringing costs down and preventing recyclable material from ending up in landfills.

Residents are reminded to keep these items out of your curbside recycling carts:

  • Soft/hard cover books, scrap metal, electronics, ceramics, household hazardous waste
  • Materials contained inside bags or different types of containers nested together (for example, recyclable items stuffed inside a box)
  • Glass
  • Plastic bags and overwrap
  • Other flexible plastic packaging
  • Accepted material containing residue, which includes containers with food inside
  • Foam packaging

Many of the items below can be dropped off at a recycling depot. If you’re not sure where your recycling item goes, try the "Recycling Wizard" tool at penticton.ca/recycling or call the recycling hotline at 1-800-667-4321.

Yard waste inspections will check for non-plant materials, such as gardening supplies, plastic bags, dog waste, food waste and other not-accepted material.

For further details about what can – and can’t – go in your yard waste cart, visit the city’s website here.

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