Program Information

Container Specifications

Specifications

For curbside that is lifted by hand into the curbside truck - WorksafeBC limits the total weight of any bag, can (no wheels), container (with wheels) to 25 kg (55 pounds).  

Lifted by HandThe maximum volume is 95 litres for any can (with no wheels). The maximum volume of a container with wheels is 121 litres or 32 gallons. Cans and Containers must have adequate handles to allow the driver to lift and empty safely, and weight not to exceed 25kgs (55lbs).  Any can or container that cannot be lifted safely will not be collected.  For Garbage collection,  bagged garbage is permitted, and maximum volume per bag is 95 litres, and weight of each bag cannot exceed 25kgs (55lbs).  

Semi-Automated Lift for Rolling Carts:

Large rolling carts, designed to be lifted by a machine,  must have a bar half way up the front side to allow collection. The front bar is located on the opposite side from the wheels and allows for automated lifting of the cart by the collection vehicle. Before purchasing a rolling cart it is advisable to check with the curbside contractor, Waste Connections,  to ensure the bar type works with the truck's semi-automated lift. 

For Garbage rolling carts please note there is a limit to the amount of garbage that can be collected each week (one-240 litre rolling cart with a bar half way up the front side - weighs no more than 57 kgs (125lbs)).                                 

For Recycling rolling carts with a bar half way up the front side - any size up to 360 Litre is accepted.  For Yard Waste rolling carts, do not fill with just heavy yard waste materials such as wet grass, as this is too heavy for semi-automated lift. 

For Yard Waste rolling carts with a bar half way up the front side - any size up to 240 Litre is accepted.  For Yard Waste rolling carts, do not fill with just heavy yard waste materials such as wet grass, as this is too heavy for semi-automated lift - weight no more than 125lbs. 

 For more information on limits and sizes and Important Notices see headings, GARBAGE, RECYCLING, and YARD WASTE

  • Cart Rentals – for Semi-Automated Lift
  1. Curbside Contractor, Waste Connections, offers yearly Cart rentals for Curbside Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste
  2. For more information contact Waste Connections, preferably by email
  3. Include in the email your full name, property address, phone number and email
  4. Waste Connections email:  csr-penticton-osoyoos@wasteconnections.com or phone 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888

OCT 2021: IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR EXISTING CUSTOMERS:  Semi-automated – GARBAGE Cart oversized - Existing customers who have already purchased and are using a 360 Litre Cart for garbage with a bar half way up the front, if the cart is no more than half full, it will be picked up, however if it is too heavy for the semi-automated lift, it will be tagged and left. Semi-automated lift can handle approximately 57 kgs (125lbs).  If the 360 litre Cart is over half full, then a Tag-a-Bag Sticker is required on each bag over the limit, however if the cart is too heavy for the semi-automated lift, it will be tagged and left. For bags over the limit, place sticker on the bag, and if placing the bag in the cart, place the sticker so it is clearly visible for the Driver to see when cart lid is opened. Check your curbside calendar for pricing and where to purchase tag-a-bag stickers.  Over sized garbage 360 L cart may be used for recycling.  When replacing your 360 litre cart, and looking to purchase another cart with a bar, please obtain the correct cart size for garbage which is up to one-240 litre cart.

Garbage Collection

  • For manual lift (lifted by hand) for Garbage: The maximum weight of each bag, or can with no wheels (max. volume size up to 95 litres), or container with wheels (max. volume size up to 121 litres) shall not exceed 25 kg (55 pounds).  Each week, the limit is a total of two.  Cans and Containers must have adequate handles to allow the driver to lift and empty safely. 
  • For semi-automated lift for Garbage:   Rolling Carts must have a bar half way up the front side - which is the opposite side from the wheels and the size limit  is up to a 240 litre rolling cart.  Each week, one (1) 240 Litre is the size (volume) limit for garbage collection for semi-automated lift with a weight of no more than 125lbs. Before purchasing a rolling cart it is advisable to check with the curbside contractor, Waste Connections,  to ensure the bar type works with the truck's semi-automated lift. 
  • For extra garbage over the limit  - it must have a tag-a-bag sticker on each bag over the limit -  please see: 'Tag-a-Bag Garbage Stickers'                                                                           
  • Cart Rentals – for Semi-Automated Lift
  1. Curbside Contractor, Waste Connections, offers yearly Cart rentals for Curbside Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste
  2. For more information contact Waste Connections, preferably by email
  3. Include in the email your full name, property address, phone number and email
  4. Waste Connections email:  csr-penticton-osoyoos@wasteconnections.com or phone 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888

OCT 2021: IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR EXISTING CUSTOMERS:  Semi-automated – GARBAGE Cart oversized - Existing customers who have already purchased and are using a 360 Litre Cart for garbage with a bar half way up the front, if the cart is no more than half full, it will be picked up, however if it is too heavy for the semi-automated lift, it will be tagged and left. Semi-automated lift can handle approximately 57 kgs (125lbs).  If the 360 litre Cart is over half full, then a Tag-a-Bag Sticker is required on each bag over the limit, however if the cart is too heavy for the semi-automated lift, it will be tagged and left. For bags over the limit, place sticker on the bag, and if placing the bag in the cart, place the sticker so it is clearly visible for the Driver to see when cart lid is opened. Check your curbside calendar for pricing and where to purchase tag-a-bag stickers.  Over sized garbage 360 L cart may be used for recycling.  When replacing your 360 litre cart, and looking to purchase another cart with a bar, please obtain the correct cart size for garbage which is up to one-240 litre cart.

 

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Maximum weight 25 kg
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Maximum volume for cans with no wheels, with handles is 95 litres

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

Due to concerns with bears and other wildlife, residents within Electoral Area 'D' (OK Falls), Electoral Area 'I' (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 2 bag a week allowance) has a 'tag-a bag' sticker placed on each bag over the two bag a week limit - bags must not be over 25kgs (55 lbs) each, and maximum volume is 95 litres. 
  • 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
Naramata
Naramata General Store
Oliver
Buy-Low Foods
Town of Oliver office
Osoyoos
Osoyoos Town Hall
Penticton
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen office
Recycle Can

Click photo for 2 page RDOS Recycle Guide.

Recycling Collection

VIDEO - What can go in curbside recycling

VIDEO - Acceptable Recycling Containers

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. 

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.

  • Recycling pickup occurs on the same day as your garbage collection day every other week (biweekly)
  • The collector uses a split truck that allows for the garbage and recycling to be placed in the same vehicle.
  • Place all your CLEAN recyclables mixed together.  DO NOT PLACE FLAMMABLES WITH RECYCLING.
  • Cardboard can be added to a container or tied secured with tape or with twine (not wire) and placed under your container in dry weather. Bundles should be no larger than 65cm (2') by 1m (3') by 15cm deep (6") to fit into collection trucks.
  • Flatten boxes to save space. You don't need to peel off labels.
  • Shredded paper may be placed out in one clear or clear blue bag. ONLY shredded paper is allowed in the clear or clear blue bag - Tie closed, and place in your can/container.
  • For manual lift for Recycling - Maximum weight per can/container 25 kg or 55 pounds. Volume limit is 95 litres for a can (with no wheels), or a 121 litre container (with wheels)  - Cans/Containers must have adequate handles. 
  • Semi-automated lift for Recycling – Rolling Carts all must have a bar half way up the front, and size limit for each cart is up to 360 litres. There is no limit on recycling.  The front bar is located on the opposite side from the wheels and allows for automated lifting of the cart by the collection vehicle. Before purchasing a rolling cart it is advisable to check with the curbside contractor, Waste Connections,  to ensure the bar type works with the truck's semi-automated lift. 

  • There's no limit on the number of containers you can place out at the curb
  • NO GLASS, NO PLASTIC BAGS, NO STYROFOAM OR BOOKS  (click here for Free Recycling Depots for these items)
  • Cart Rentals – for Semi-Automated Lift
  1. Curbside Contractor, Waste Connections, offers yearly Cart rentals for Curbside Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste
  2. For more information contact Waste Connections, preferably by email
  3. Include in the email your full name, property address, phone number and email
  4. Waste Connections email:  csr-penticton-osoyoos@wasteconnections.com or phone 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888

 

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Click photo for Recycle BC. GLASS NOT COLLECTED.

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.

Packaging That Goes To Depot (Plastic Bags, Foam and Glass) - VIDEO

Plastic Bags versus Other Flexible Plastic Packaging - VIDEO

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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.

Manual lifting for YARD WASTE  – volume limit is 95 litres for a paper bag, or a can (with no wheels), or a 121 litre container (with wheels)  – and each bag, can or container is not to exceed in weight 25kgs (55lbs). Yard Waste amounts to the curb is unlimited. Cans and containers must have adequate handles. 

Semi-automated lift for Yard Waste - Carts all must have a bar half way up the front, and size limit is up to 240 litres - weight no more than125lbs.                   Before purchasing a rolling cart it is advisable to check with the curbside contractor, Waste Connections,  to ensure the bar type works with the truck's semi-automated lift - 

Cart Rentals – for Semi-Automated Lift

  • Curbside Contractor, Waste Connections, offers yearly Cart rentals for Curbside Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste
  • For more information contact Waste Connections, preferably by email
  • Include in the email your full name, property address, phone number and email
  • Waste Connections email:  csr-penticton-osoyoos@wasteconnections.com or phone 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888

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!)
    • refrigerators, 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.