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Changes to RDNO Recycling Drop Centres

Posted Friday, November 23, 2018

Starting January 1, 2019, the Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDFs) in the Regional District of North Okanagan will no longer be accepting the following recycling items:

  • Printed Paper
  • Paper Packaging
  • Aluminum Containers
  • Tin Containers
  • Cartons & Paper Cups
  • Plastic Containers
  • Styrofoam
  • Glass Containers

Curbside recycling pick up will operate as normal, as the RDNO does not provide this service.

The only change is that the above-listed recyclables cannot be dropped off at the RDFs (landfills).

Residents also have the option to use Recycle BC depots. Businesses have multiple options to managing their recycling through a subscription service or by self-hauling to a local depot.

By downloading the Recyclepedia app, people can easily find recycling depots near them! Find it in the App Store and on Google Play.

RDNO will still accept clean, flattened, old corrugated cardboard at RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities.


Why is this change happening?

The current contractor that picks up the above-listed recycling from RDNO RDFs has given the RDNO notice that they will no longer be able to accept material from these facilities as of January 1, 2019, due to restrictions put in place by the world's largest recycling commodity purchasers.

The world’s largest recycling commodity purchasers have been adding strict regulations to the materials that they accept from foreign countries in recent years. The market for Blue Bag Recyclables has been significantly impacted by these policies.

Secondary Markets are too small to take the overflow of material that we are producing and are also insisting the loads have a contamination level of 0.5%. The blue bag recycling dropped off at RDNO RDFs is consistently at a contamination level of 3%.