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The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) will be managing the bi-weekly, residential Blue Bag Recycling Program in Armstrong, Coldstream, Enderby, Lumby, Vernon, and Electoral Areas “B”, “C”, and parts of “D” and “F” until Friday, May 16, 2014. As of the week of May 19th, Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) will commence their Printed Paper and Packaging (PPP) Recycling Program in the North Okanagan.

MMBC has selected Emterra Environmental as the PPP collection contractor for the North Okanagan. Effective May 19th, Emterra Environmental will collect PPP from single family residences currently on the RDNO Blue Bag Recycling Program on the same days as collection happens now. Complexes with more than four units currently on the RDNO Program (not including mobile home complexes and strata complexes currently receiving individual unit curbside service) will not automatically receive service after May 16th. Complexes wishing to continue to receive recycling service after May 16th must make arrangements through Emterra Environmental or another waste service provider.  If property managers or residents are unsure what category their complex falls under, please see the list below for complexes not currently scheduled to receive the PPP Recycling Program service.

Residents are advised that recyclable materials left at the curbside after May 16th in BLUE or CLEAR bags will NOT be picked up.   The current recycling program will be replaced by the new MMBC Printed Paper and Packaging (PPP) Recycling Program, which will begin operation in the RDNO the week of May 19th. Two blue boxes, along with an MMBC PPP Recycling Program Guide, will be delivered to all single family residences, legal suites, mobile home parks and strata complexes for use under the new MMBC Program for curbside collection. Please do not begin using the blue box until the week of May 19th as per your collection schedule.


PPP will continue to be collected from single family residences - please visit the Multi-Material BC website at for your collection schedule.


Multi-family residences with more than four units currently participating in the RDNO Program (not including mobile home parks or strata complexes receiving individual unit curbside service) will NOT automatically receive service through the MMBC Program starting the week of May 19th. Multi-family residences wishing to continue to receive recycling collection services are responsible to make their own arrangements through a waste services provider.  MMBC has two registered companies that can provide a collection service:

  1. Emterra Environmental
    Ph:  250-545-4245 / [email protected] 
  2. Smithrite Disposal Ltd.
    Ph:  1-800-643-8368 / [email protected]


For more information about the new MMBC PPP Recycling Program please contact Multi-Material BC at:

Multi-Material BC
Phone:            778-588-9504
email:              [email protected]


Residential Blue Bag Recycling Program - Effective Until Friday, May 16th, 2014

About the Blue Bag Program
The Curbside Blue Bag Recycling program was started in 1996 and has resulted in the recycling of approximately 3,300 tonnes per year of cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, and metal, as well as plastic diverted from regional landfills.

Residents are responsible for purchasing their own blue or clear bags.  Simply place recyclable materials, mingled together in one or more blue or clear bags, at the curb by 7:00am on your assigned collection day.  The RDNO Blue Bag Program contractor will collect the bags, and then sort, bail and ship materials to markets.

Program costs are recovered through sales of recyclable materials and user fees. 

Municipal residents are usually billed quarterly by their municipality, while Electoral Area residents are billed once yearly by the RDNO.  Please contact your municipality for details.

Communities such as Spallumcheen, and the Okanagan Indian Band are serviced by this program through their own private collection contractors.  Collected materials are shipped to a processing facility where they are sorted and marketed.

For missed Blue Bag Recycling collection, please contact BFI Canada at 250-275-0570


Please direct enquiries to:
Phone: 250-550-3700
Fax:     250-550-3701
Email:  [email protected]