When we load up our box and drive away, the job is not finished. The foundation of our business is to ensure that all items are disposed of in the most Eco-friendly fashion. One thing that sets us apart from your average hauler is our commercial sorting facility! If we do not have time to ensure that our contents are seperated properly before discarding, we will drop it here and organize the junk afterhours. No other company takes this amount of extra effort to make certain that absolutely no recyclable or reusable items are buried in the landfill. There are many different types of materials that must be disposed of apart from general garbage, about which this guide is here to help spread knowledge.
One of the most commonly found items mixed with refuse. We see a sundry of paper products in the dumpsters everyday! Items included in this category are loose leaf, boxes, wrapping, packing, and tissue paper, egg cartons, magazines, flyers, letters, and newspaper.
Almost all food packaging can be recycled. Acceptable products include tin cans, milk jugs and cartons, sour cream/ yoghurt/ to-go restaurant containers, bottles, tetra-pacs, TV dinner trays. As well, most empty automotive fluid vessels and buckets are acceptable.
Unfortunately, window, patio entryway, and shower door pane glass is not accepted at the depot, unless it can be reused at a place like Re-Store. However, pickle and mason jars, bottles, carboys, and growlers can be processed here.
A very common packing material for any new product purchased. As well, many meal containers, coffee cups, and egg cartons are made from this substance. Coloured styrofoam, such as insulating panels for RV's and garages, and packing peanuts are considered garbage.
A little known fact: shopping bags, cellophane, shrink wrap, and many kinds of overwrap are able to be recycled.
All fluorescent, incandescent, halogen, and LED bulbs from your home or automobile can be brought in. Care must be taken not to smash them, or else trash them.
Also known as "E-Waste" this is a broad category characterized by anything with a cord hanging out of it. Items include, but are not limited to: computers, televisions, amps, speakers, routers, DVD/ VHS players, blenders, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, light fixtures, printers/ fax/ copiers, treadmills/ ellipticals/ spin-bikes, and the list goes on!
From refridgerators, to deep freezes, ranges, ovens, washing machines, dryers, water coolers/ softeners/ heaters, air conditioners, and furnaces we take them all! There are Eco-fees for responsible freon collection on all cooling units.
With new technology in electric motors, comes all different types of batteries. Lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium, and lead-acid to name a few. They can be found in places from your remote control, electric assist bicycle, R/C toys, ATVs, cordless power tools, power banks, booster packs, and cars.
There are so many different kinds of metals that can be taken to a local recycler. Some types include tin, galvanized steel, cast iron, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, nickel, brass, and lead. Many things that we take away contain components made from one or more of these substances and we do our best to make sure they end up in the right place.
All liquid waste (except oil from fryers) is prohibited at the landfill. House paints with legible labels can be brought to Battery Doctor free of charge, however there are fees for disposal on industrial and oil-based paints, solvents, adhesives, shoe polish, gun wash, lubricants, drywall mud, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers, wood stains, epoxy, bear spray, crack filler, cleaners, rancid gasoline, and pool chemicals.
It seems almost everybody has an old set of bald tires kicking around, even if the vehicle they came off of is long gone! The dump accepts tires, but with the following fees: $3 for up to 16" with or without rim, $5 for over 16", no rim, $10 for over 16" with rim.
The hardest thing to donate in the Okanagan is furniture due to a lack of floor space in most thrift stores. Unfortunately, we are generally only able to save real wood furnishings with minimal scratching and damage or sofas and couches with the upholstery intact and stain-free. Basically all pressboard is unacceptable is it becomes loose and wobbly, and gets wrecked easily.
Second-hand retailers are much more receptive to bags of clothes. Whether your kids outgrew them, they came out of grandma's closet, or you just don't wear them anymore, they will be reused. Even shirts, pants, and hoodies with soil marks are sent to be cut up and re-sold as rags.
This is a broad category that includes everything from dishware, glassware, baking trays, cutlery, ceramics, blenders, croc-pots, bread-makers, griddles, lamps, trinkets, decor, clocks, ashtrays, tins, instruments, paintings/ prints, and what have you!
The Okanagan is an ideal setting for bike riding and there is a great surplus of unused cycles in the valley. We have been working with the Bicycles for Humanity charity for many years, shipping sea containers full of them to Africa and more recently Guatemala for those less fortunate and in need! There are also a couple of local donation days to distribute children's bikes back into the community.
Knowledge is power! Help spread the wealth by contributing your gently used books. From text books, to novels, fiction, fantasy, cookbooks, repair manuals, DIY, self-help, encyclopedias, and reference, they will all be re-used if in good condition or recycled.
There are lots of outdoor, sports, garage, and automotive items that are also received by charities for re-sale. Some examples are; leaf blowers, rakes, shovels, loppers, trimmers, hockey sticks, skates, nets, pucks, balls, snowboards, skis, children's toys, working car parts and accessories, shop vacs, hand-tools, and power tools.
Everything known as "garbage" to be buried in the active face of the landfill. Most renovation and construction waste, household rubbish and damaged furnishings end up here. Non-recylable materials include; painted, vinyl coated, and pressure treated wood products, tiles, porcelain toilets, sinks, fibreglass, most large plastic pieces, food waste, coloured and spongy foam, synthetic fabrics, sheet and plexi glass, mirrors, rubber and pex hose, box springs, carpet, underlay, hardy-board, dura-deck, laminate, siding, insulation, and the list goes on!
All types of organic and compostable refuse such as; tree branches, leaves, plants, grass clippings, flowers, fruit, nut shells, brush, bushes, hedges, pine, fir, and spruce needles, and weeds. They are shredded in a chipper, composted into OgoGrow and used in gardens and landscapes around the valley!
Dimensional lumber, plywood, pressboard, chipboard, and pallets, free of any paint, stains, chemical treatments, or any non-wood contaminants (nails, screws, bolts, and truss braces okay). The wood is chipped and used for composting and for layers on the active face of the dump.
As of January 1st, 2018 all tar and gravel roofing materials are mandatorily sorted from general demo waste. This category encompasses regular shingles, roll top and peel-and-stick roofing, and asphalt/ gravel from flat top roofs. Subject to an aditional surcharge if mixed with garbage.
The heaviest stuff we take away. Please ensure that it is broken down into manageable sized chunks for loading. Concrete, cement, composite pavement, asphalt, patio pavers, bricks, and mortar are all in this group with minimal amounts of rebar.
The highest rates for disposal on this weighty substance. At $175 per tonne, plus being subject to an additional $150 surcharge if deemed contaminated (tiles, glue, wood, etc adhered to gypsum), it can be the most difficult to estimate disposal fees on. When buried, anaerobic decomposition occurs and creates dangerous H2S gas, therfore it must be isolated from general demo.
Did you know that there are no commercial recycling depots in Kelowna? All our general recycling is brought here.
The only depot in town that collects fluid wastes, such as paints and chemicals.
An overview of accepted wastes and tipping fees.