Program Information

Curbside Calendar

Click on your local community below for a 2 page Collection Calendar. Your collection day is also indicated. Please note that due to the size of Electoral Area 'D' there are three (3) different services:

Electoral Area 'A' (Rural Osoyoos) - TUESDAY

Electoral Area 'B' (Cawston) - FRIDAY

Electoral Area 'C' (Rural Oliver, Willowbrook)  - MONDAY

Electoral Area 'D' (Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Skaha Estates, Twin Lakes, Heritage Hills) - WEDNESDAY

Electoral Area 'D' (Green Mounatin Road, Grand Oro Rd) - FRIDAY COLLECTION 

Electoral Area 'D' (Upper Carmi) - FRIDAY COLLECTION

Electoral Area 'E' (Naramata, Falconridge) - MONDAY

Electoral Area 'F' (West Bench, Sage Mesa, Red Wing) - THURSDAY

Electoral Area 'G' (Rural Keremeos, Olalla, Hedley)  - FRIDAY

Village of Keremeos - FRIDAY

Maximum weight 25 kg
Maximum volume 95 litres

Garbage Collection

  • Each week you will receive a basic level of service of up to 1 or 2 standard size bags or cans of garbage. Check with your local Collection Calendar above to determine the garbage limit for your property.
  • The maximum weight of each bag or can should be 25 kg (55 pounds) and the maximum volume should be 95 litres.
  • For extra garbage please see 'Tag-a-Bag Garbage Stickers' below.
  • BFI Canada rents residential garbage carts. For more information regarding this optional rental program contact BFI Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888.
  • Before purchasing a rolling style cart (a garbage can with wheels) it is advised to check whether it has a front bar which will allow it to be lifted mechanically. This is required for local garbage trucks to lift and empty your cart. The front bar is located on the opposite side from the wheels halfway up the cart. Check with BFI Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888 if you have any questions.

Wildlife Proof Containers - Electoral Areas 'D','E' and 'F'

Due to concerns with bears and other wildlife, residents within Electoral Area 'D' (OK Falls, Kaleden, Twin Lakes), Electoral Area 'E' (Naramata, Falconridge) and Area 'F' (West Bench, Red Wing) may not place unprotected garbage out overnight. Residents in these areas can choose to:

  • place out garbage after 5 am on your regular collection day;
  • place out garbage in a wildlife resistant container;
  • place out garbage in a wildlife resistant enclosure.

For information on wildlife resistant containers and wildlife resistant enclosures please visit our Wildsafe BC web page.

BFI Canada rents residential bear resistant garbage carts. For more information regarding this optional rental program contact BFI Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888.

Tag - a - Bag Garbage stickers

  • Extra garbage bags will be collected each week if each additional bag (over your 1 or 2 bag a week allowance) has a 'tag-a bag' sticker placed on it.
  • Only place tag-a-bag stickers on extra garbage bags! Do not attach stickers to garbage cans.
  • Place the bags so that the stickers are visible for the Garbage Collection Contractor.
  • The cost of the RDOS Tag-a-Bag garbage stickers is $1.50 each (per bag) and they can be found at:
    • Hedley
      Country Store
    • Kaleden
      Kaleden Store
    • Keremeos
      Valu Plus Foods
      Village of Keremeos office
      Keremeos Waste Transfer Facility
    • Naramata
      Naramata General Store
    • Okanagan Falls
      MarketPlace IGA
      OK Falls Landfill
    • Oliver
      Oliver Sanitary Landfill
      Super Valu
      Town of Oliver office
    • Osoyoos
      Osoyoos Town Hall
    • Penticton
      Campbell Mountain Landfill
      Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen office

Recycling Collection

Click photo for 2 page RDOS Recycle Guide.

Residential recycling, provided by Multi-Material BC, occurs every two weeks on your regular garbage day. Residents can purchase  'see-through' bags (preferably blue) or use marked re-usable conatiners (ie. blue box, recycling cart) for recycling. Place your clean, dry recyclables (2 page sheet detailing items collected) in the same bag or conatiner (NO glass, Styrofoam or plastic bags accepted for collection!). On your recycling week place out as many clear bags or re-usable containers of accepted recycling as you like. Once picked up all the items are recycled including the blue bag itself.

Place out your recycling by 7:00 am on your collection day with your garbage bags.

  • Recycling pickup occurs on the same day as your garbage collection day every other week (biweekly)
  • Place all your clean recyclables mixed together except for plastic bags, glass and Styrofoam which can be brought for free to local depots.
  • Cardboard can be added to the blue bag or tied and placed under your blue bag in dry weather. Bundles should be no larger than 65cm (2') by 1m (3') by 15cm (6") to fit into collection trucks.
  • Flatten boxes and containers to save space. You don't need to peel off labels.
  • Maximum weight per bag or reusable container 25 kg or 55 pounds
  • There's no limit on the number of transparent bags or re-usable containers you can place out at the curb
  • Blue bags should be available at all major grocery and hardware stores
  • NO GLASS, PLASTIC BAGS, STYROFOAM OR BOOKS IN BLUE BAGS (click here for Free Recycling Depots for these items)

BFI Canada rents residential recycling carts. For more information regarding this optional rental program contact BFI Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888.

Before purchasing a rolling style cart  (a recycling can with wheels) it is advised to check whether it has a front bar which will allow it to be lifted mechanically. The front bar is located on the opposite side from the wheels and allows for automated lifting of the cart by the collection vehicle. Check with BFI Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888 if you have any questions.

What materials can be recycled?

Click photo for Recycle Guide. GLASS NOT COLLECTED.

Click here for a List of all Residential Recycling Materials included within the BC wide Multi-Material BC program. (please note glass, Styrofoam and plastic bags can only be brought to local depots and are not collected at homes or apartments at this time).

The RDOS has a 2 page guide listing the materials collected from homes and apartments and 3 page guide listing all materials that can be brought to local depots.

For collection from your home you may mix all acceptable materials in one clear bag or reusable recycling container. Please not mixed blue bags will not be accepted at local drop-off depots. Residents will be required to sort materials into the proper categories.

If a service provider notices Blue Bags placed at the curb which contain any materials other than those collected, those Blue Bags may be left at the curb. If you have any questions regarding the acceptablility of a specific item or material for recycling, please phone the RDOS Curbside Hotline at 490-4129 or toll-free at 1-877-610-3737 ext. 4129, and leave a message with your name and number for a prompt return call. You can also e-mail info@RDOS.bc.ca.

*For information on where to recycle materials not collected through this program please visit our Recycling page for information on other recycling programs.

Free Recycling Depots

List of materials accepted at local recycling depots. 

Free depots for residential recycling of Printed Paper, Cardboard, Containers, Plastic Bags, Glass Jars, White Styrofoam and Coloured Styrofoam. Please keep materials types separate. Separate bins for Printed Paper, Cardboard and paper, plastic and metal Containers.

Click here for location of local depots

3 page detailed Guide on what can be recycled at depots

*For information on where to recycle materials not collected through this program please visit our Recycling page for information on other recycling programs.

Yard and Garden Waste Collection

 Food waste is not collected. For more information on home composting click here.

How the Yard and Garden waste collection works:

Place yard waste in clearly marked reusable containers or in compostable paper bags (no plastic bags). Bundle prunings with string ( not wire, nylon cord or plastic banding). Unlimited amounts of properly packaged yard waste will be accepted.

Free "YARD WASTE ONLY" stickers available to place on reusable containers (like a garbage can you want to use only for yard waste). Contact your local government office to get a free sticker.

Materials accepted include:

  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • pine needles and cones
  • garden plants
  • non-invasive weeds
  • bundled prunings up to 3 feet / 1 meter in length

For worker safety, the maximum total weight of individual cans, bags and bundles is 25 kgs / 55 lbs each.

  • BFI Canada rents residential yard waste carts. For more information regarding this optional rental program contact BFI Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888.
  • Before purchasing a rolling style cart (a garbage can with wheels) it is advised to check whether it has a front bar which will allow it to be lifted mechanically. The front bar is located on the opposite side from the wheels and allows for automated lifting of the cart by the collection vehicle. Check with BFI Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888 if you have any questions.

Disposing Extra Yard and Garden Waste

Up to 500 kg (approx.. 1100 pounds) per load of yard and garden waste can be disposed of free of charge, year-round at all Regional sanitary landfills.

Information on composting is available by clicking here.

Bulky/large item yearly collection

The Large or Bulky item pickup allows each home to place out two items per year for residential pickup. Acceptable items such as furniture, mattresses and appliances are listed below. For the annual pickup date for your area please consult your curbside calendar (see top of page).

    • Maximum of 2 items of furniture, mattresses or appliances will be accepted
    • One scheduled curbside collection per year. Check your Curbside Calendar above for date in your community.  
    • Place out at regular garbage collection area by 7am on Monday morning on scheduled week in a safe area at the curb
    • Items will be picked up throughout the week
    • Mattress and boxspring count as two separate items
    • NO Toilets and Hot Water Tanks. See note below.
  • Some examples of large or bulky items:

    • dish washers, microwaves, stoves, washing machines, and dryers (please remove door and shelves and place them beside the unit for safer pickup)
    • couches, desks, and chairs
    • mattresses and boxsprings (remember placing out a mattress and a box spring would count as 2 items!)
    • refridgerators, freezers and air conditioners (please note the Town of Osoyoos program does not accept items containing Freon such as these)
    • Although TVs and Computers will be picked up during Bulky Item collection they break making them dangerous to collect. Please take computers, monitors and TVs directly to free recycling depots. Click here for information and depot locations. The Campbell Mountain, Oliver and Keremeos Landfills will also take all residential electronic waste free of charge. 

The Regional District will NOT pick up any home renovation/demolition waste or automotive parts including toilets, hot water tanks and other bathroom fixtures.