Departments

Program Information

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Curbside Calendar

Click on your local community below for a local Collection Calendar. Please note that due to the size of Electoral Area 'D' there are two (2) different collection days:

Electoral Area 'A' (Rural Osoyoos) - TUESDAY

Electoral Area 'B' (Cawston) - FRIDAY 

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

Electoral Area 'D' and 'I' Wednesday (Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Skaha Estates, Twin Lakes, Heritage Hills, Green Mountain Road, Grand Oro) - WEDNESDAY

Electoral Area 'D' Thursday (Carmi) - UPPER CARMI AREA THURSDAY 

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

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

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

Village of Keremeos - FRIDAY

 

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.
  • Waste Connections of Canada rents residential garbage carts. For more information regarding this optional rental program contact Waste Connections of 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 Waste Connections of Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888 if you have any questions.

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Maximum weight 25 kg
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Maximum volume 95 litres
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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.

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

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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

Keremeos
Buy-Low Foods
Village of Keremeos office
Keremeos Waste Transfer Facility

Naramata
Naramata General Store

Okanagan Falls
MarketPlace IGA
OK Falls Landfill

Oliver
Buy-Low Foods
Town of Oliver office

Oliver Landfill

Osoyoos
Osoyoos Town Hall

Penticton
Campbell Mountain Landfill
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen office

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Recycling Collection

VIDEO - What can go in curbside recycling

Blue Bags being banned as of July 1st, 2020

Residential recycling, provided by Recycle BC, occurs every two weeks on your regular garbage day as indicated in your collection calendar. Residents must purchase or rent marked re-usable containers (ie. blue box, marked garbage can, recycling cart) for recycling. The RDOS can provide free 'Recycle Only' stickers to help mark a recycling container. Contact the RDOS to have stickers mailed to your home or drop by the downtown Penticton office at 101 Martin Street during business hours. 

Until July 1st, 2020, residents may also use 'see-through' bags (preferably blue) as a recycling container. After July 1st, 2020 any recycling placed out in a see through plastic bag will not be collected. 

Accepted Clean and Dry Items (click on material type for more information):

Place your clean, dry recyclables (click here for more information on accepted items) in the same container (NO Glass, Styrofoam, Plastic Bags or Other Flexible Plastic Packaging accepted for collection!). On your recycling week place out as many containers of accepted recycling as you like. 

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, flexible plastic packaging, 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 container 25 kg or 55 pounds. Volume limited to 121 litres. 
  • There's no limit on the number of containers you can place out at the curb
  • NO GLASS, PLASTIC BAGS, STYROFOAM OR BOOKS IN BLUE BAGS (click here for Free Recycling Depots for these items)

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 Waste Connections of Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888 if you have any questions.

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What materials can be recycled?

Accepted Clean and Dry Items (click on material type for more information):

Click here for a list of all clean Residential Recycling Materials included within the BC wide RecycleBC program. Materials that are not clean or mixed with non-collectable items will be left at curb. (Please note Glass, Foam and Plastic Bags and Other Flexible Plastic Packaging can only be brought to local depots and are not collected at homes or apartments at this time).

For collection from your home you may mix all acceptable materials in the same recycling container. Please note at Depots, residents will be required to sort materials into the proper categories and materials cannot be mixed.

If a service provider notices containers placed at the curb which contain any materials other than those collected, those containers 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 packaging accepted at local recycling depots. 

Free depots for residential recycling. Click here for location of local depots for residential recycling.

Please keep materials types separate. Unlike curbside collection there are separate bins for Printed Paper, Cardboard, Paper Containers, Plastic Containers and Metal Containers.

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

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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.

  • Waste Connections of Canada rents residential yard waste carts. For more information regarding this optional rental program contact Waste Connections of 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 Waste Connections of 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.

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Bulky/large item yearly collection

The Large or Bulky item pickup, held on a specific day each spring, 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 on the regular day of garbage collection
    • Mattress and boxspring count as two separate items
    • NO TVs or Computer Monitors. See note below.
    • NO renovation waste, no toilets, no hot water tanks, no carpet, no heat pumps, no furnaces, no plumbing and no doors. 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)
    • 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. These items will not be collected.

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

 
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