Regional District of North Okanagan landfill facilities will stop accepting recyclables as of January 1st, due to reduced global markets.
“The market for recyclabes has been significant impacted by policies initially introduced by the Government of China, and more recently by other industry processors, placing significant restrictions on foreign materials and contamination levels,” reads an RDNO information letter.
The changes will apply to the Greater Vernon Recycling Disposal Facility (RDF), the Armstrong/Spall RDF, Lumby RDF, and the transfer stations in Cherryville, Kingfisher and Silver Star.
The change has left the township of Spallumcheen having to make some decisions about its blue bag program.
Mayor Christine Fraser says a private contractor will continue curbside pick-up, while the township gets set-up with the Recycle BC program.
“We’re concerned because we have a lot of residents who self-haul their garbage and recycling to the landfill site, so with such short notice, we want to get it out to the public that they will not be able to take the bags to the landfill site after the end of the year,” says Fraser.
Recycle BC, which is used in Greater Vernon, curbside collection, and depots are not affected by the change.