Regional District of North Okanagan

Click on the links below for recycling information in Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO):

QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE

RDNO_Web

Remember to:

  • Empty and rinse containers
  • Remove caps, pumps and lids and place loose in container box
  • Return deposit containers for refund

recycling guide

Click on the guide image below to download the 2016-2017 RDNO 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 Multi-Material BC app from Google Play or the iTunes App store to access your collection schedule online, search for depots, and sign up for reminders.

North Okanagan

Address Search

Use our address search tool to view your curbside recycling collection schedule and nearest MMBC depots. You can also sign up for reminders and import your schedule into your online calendar.

If you have smartphone, you can download our app from your app store by searching “Multi-Material BC”.

FAQs

What can I recycle?

Information on the materials accepted in MMBC’s packaging and printed paper recycling program is available here.

How should I sort my recycling?

Please sort curbside recyclables as follows:

  • Use one recycling box for printed paper and paper packaging that held dry products (shoes, crackers, etc.). Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in this box can be flattened, tied in bundles and placed between your boxes.
  • Use the other recycling box for containers (plastic, aluminum, steel, etc.) and paper cups and cartons (coffee cups, milk cartons etc.).

Is there a limit to how much recycling I can put out? What if I have more recycling than fits into my recycling boxes?

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 box can be flattened, tied in bundles no larger than 8” thick (20 cm) x 30” wide (78 cm) x 30” tall, and placed between your boxes.

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 askmebc2@emterra.ca or 250-545-4245.

Do I have to pay for curbside recycling collection?

No. Under the BC Recycling Regulation, businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents are responsible for managing recycling programs. MMBC uses fees paid by businesses to pay for the curbside recycling program.

How do I get recycling containers?

Please contact Emterra Environmental, the company that MMBC selected to collect curbside recycling in RDNO, for recycling containers.

Email: askmebc2@emterra.ca
Phone: 250-545-4245

Do I have to pay for replacement recycling containers?

MMBC 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 askmebc2@emterra.ca or 250-545-4245.

Is my local government involved with my recycling program?

No. Your local government no longer provides curbside collection of residential packaging and printed paper. As of May 19, 2014, per BC’s Recycling Regulation, the businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to residents are responsible for financing the collection and recycling of these materials. MMBC works on behalf of these businesses to manage your recycling program.

Does this recycling program impact garbage collection?

No. MMBC’s packaging and printed paper recycling program does not affect garbage collection.

When is recycling collected?

Curbside recycling collection is every other week. Please check the Curbside Recycling Guide or address search tool for your collection day.

Why can't I recycle using plastic bags?

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 printed paper and paper 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, MMBC can ensure that more of the materials that are collected are successfully recycled. By moving to multi-stream collection, MMBC 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, MMBC is applying the first of the 3 Rs: reduction of waste. Further, you will no longer need to buy bags.

Who do I contact with questions about my recycling collection?

In RDNO, curbside recycling is collected by Emterra Environmental. If you have questions about your recycling collection or need additional information, please contact:

Email: askmebc2@emterra.ca
Phone: 250-545-4245

Contact

Collection questions or need information?

Contact Emterra Environmental Customer Service
Phone: 250-545-4245
Email: askmebc2@emterra.ca
Website: www.MyEmterraBC.ca

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