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Residents are encouraged to use the curbside and depot recycling programs provided to them by RecycleBC as a first choice option for their packaging and paper product. For more information on this program please check out the Recycle BC webpage at:

Residents can also recycle a wide range of items with help from the Recycling Council of British Columbia's RECYCLEPEDIA mobile app OR by calling the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667-4321.

Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, then Recycle

Let's shift our focus from recycling to rethinking our consumption, reducing our waste, and reusing items. 

RDNO Recycling Drop Centres

The RDNO currently provides Recycling Drop Centres at all six of our facilities throughout the North Okanagan. 

These Drop Centres are managed by the RDNO, and are funded by standard DDF tipping fees. They are not meant to replace Recycle BC depots or curbside collection services. It is important to note that the RDNO Recycling Drop Centres are separate from any Residential Recycling and Depot programs provided by Recycle BC.

Please note that effective January 1, 2019, RDNO Recycling Drop Centres will not accept the following items:

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




These changes apply at all RDNO Diversion & Disposal Facilities, and Transfer Stations.

Alternate recycling options for the above-noted items are as follows:

  • Curbside Collection (Recycle B.C. & Commercial Programs)
  • Hire a Commercial Hauler
  • Utilize Private Depots

Why is this change happening?

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 DDFs is consistently at a contamination level of 3%.
Because of the restrictions, the current contractor that picks up the blue bag recycling from RDNO DDFs will no longer be able to accept material from these facilities, except Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC), as of January 1, 2019.

Residential Curbside Collection

The RDNO does not provide curbside collection. The Residential Recycling Programs in Armstrong, Coldstream, Enderby, Lumby, Vernon, and Electoral Areas “B”, “C”, and parts of “D” and “F” are maintained by Recycle BC.

Emterra Environmental is Recycle BC's curbside collection partner for Packaging and Paper Product (PPP). They can answer questions about collection zones, missed pick-ups, holiday schedules, or recycling containers. Contact: Emterra Phone: 250-545-4245 or email: [email protected]

For a complete list of recyclable materials accepted at Recycle BC Depots and in your curbside PPP Recycling Program, visit


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