Quick Reference Guide
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Click here to download the 2019-2020 North Okanagan Recycling Guide. The Recycling Guide outlines how to sort your recycling, shows what is not accepted, and includes a collection calendar. You can also download the Recycle BC app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store to access your collection schedule online, search for depots, and sign up for reminders.
2019 – 2020 Recycling Guide:
Use our address search tool to view your curbside recycling collection schedule and nearest Recycle BC depots. You can also sign up for reminders and import your schedule into your online calendar.
Please sort curbside recyclables as follows:
- Use one recycling box for paper and packaging that held dry products (shoes, crackers, etc.). Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in this bag can be flattened, cut into smaller pieces, and stacked between recycling containers.
- Use the other recycling box for containers (plastic, aluminum, steel, etc.) and paper cups and cartons (coffee cups, milk cartons etc.).
There is no limit to how much recycling you can set out. If all of your materials do not fit in your recycling boxes, please try consolidating them. For example, bulky plastic milk jugs, milk cartons, and boxes can be flattened; smaller metal cans be placed inside larger metal cans; plastic containers can be fitted inside each other (e.g. yogurt containers), etc. If you have additional recyclables that do not fit into your blue boxes, these can be placed in a rigid container of your choice, such as a laundry hamper. Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in your bag can be flattened, cut into pieces no larger than 30” x 30” (78 cm x 78 cm), and stacked between your recycling containers.
If you regularly have more recycling than your boxes can accommodate, you might want to purchase another blue recycling box, as long as the container is similar in size and shape to your existing ones. Most hardware stores carry blue boxes of different sizes. You can also purchase a new container by contacting Emterra Environmental at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-545-4245.
No. Under the BC Recycling Regulation, businesses that supply packaging and paper to BC residents are responsible for managing recycling programs. Recycle BC uses fees paid by businesses to pay for the curbside recycling program.
Recycle BC will replace each container once per household, free of charge. Should your household request multiple replacement containers, you will be asked to pay for the second and subsequent replacements.
To request new containers, please contact Emterra Environmental at email@example.com or 250-545-4245.
No. Your local government no longer provides curbside collection of residential packaging and paper. As of May 19, 2014, per BC’s Recycling Regulation, the businesses that supply packaging and paper to residents are responsible for financing the collection and recycling of these materials. Recycle BC works on behalf of these businesses to manage your recycling program.
No. Recycle BC’s packaging and paper recycling program does not affect garbage collection.
Curbside recycling collection is every other week. Please check the Curbside Recycling Guide or address search tool for your collection day.
Recycling boxes have been used across BC for many years and have contributed to successful recycling programs with high resident participation and recycling rates.
You have received two recycling boxes: One container is for paper and packaging that held dry products (shoes, crackers, etc.), and the other is for containers (plastic, aluminum, steel, etc.) and paper cups and cartons (coffee cups, milk cartons etc.). Information on what materials are accepted is available here, and information on how to sort them is in the recycling guide you received with the boxes.
When recyclables are sorted into these two streams, Recycle BC can ensure that more of the materials that are collected are successfully recycled. By moving to multi-stream collection, Recycle BC hopes to improve performance and reduce the cost of your community’s recycling program. By using reusable recycling boxes rather than single-use plastic bags, Recycle BC is applying the first of the 3 Rs: reduction of waste. Further, you will no longer need to buy bags.
In the North Okanagan, curbside recycling is collected by Emterra Environmental. If you have questions about your recycling collection or need additional information, please contact: