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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Board of Directors authorized a seven-year contract be ratified for curbside and recycling services. During the regular meeting of the RDOS Board of Directors on Thursday, June 13, 2024, the RDOS Board voted to award the contract to Waste Connections Canada. The decision to authorize the contract was not unanimous.

Quarterly billing
Curbside and recycling rates will be reviewed and recommendations will be made later in 2024.

To reduce the impact on customers, the RDOS will transition from annual to quarterly billing. A monthly, equal payment plan option is also available. For payment information, please visit the finance page on the RDOS website: www.rdos.bc.ca.

Carts
The Waste Connections Canada contract requires carts for each residence. Introducing carts allows curbside and recycling collection to move to an automated collection system. This reduces work-related injuries for staff as it eliminates the need for lifting or maneuvering heavier bins. Easy-to-roll carts also improve neighbourhood aesthetics by keeping materials contained, reducing the reliance on bags, and limiting litter blowing away. Many cities and regional districts in B.C. have switched to carts.

The carts will be provided by the RDOS and will be delivered prior to the start of the new collection contract in July 2025. The three (3) carts for each household includes one for garbage, one for recycling, and one for organic waste (yard and food waste).

The cost of the carts is included in the curbside collection fees, which will be determined later in 2024. Residents with long driveways or pick-up points far from their homes may choose to leave carts at their pick-up point and fill them with waste on the morning of collection. It is still to be determined whether residents can use their existing carts.

Service contract
RDOS curbside and recycling customers are not able to opt out of curbside and recycling collection. According to the Local Government Act, the service of the regulation, storage and management of municipal solid waste and recycling material is not subject to withdrawal.

Local Government Act
B.C. Reg. 398/2000 REGIONAL DISTRICT SERVICE WITHDRAWAL REGULATION

Services that are not subject to withdrawal

1. The following services are exempted from withdrawal under Division 6 [Dispute Resolution in Relation to Services] of Part 10 [Regional Districts: Service Structure and Establishing Bylaws] of the Local Government Act:

(a)an emergency telephone system, including an emergency 911 system;
(b)a transit service;
(c)a regional parks service established under the Local Government Act;
(d)the service of the regulation, storage and management of municipal solid waste and recyclable material.
[am. B.C. Reg. 118/2018.]

For further information, please call the RDOS Solid Waste hotline at 250-490-4129. Click here to view the RDOS curbside and recycling collection fact sheet.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Board of Directors authorized a seven-year contract be ratified for curbside and recycling services. During the regular meeting of the RDOS Board of Directors on Thursday, June 13, 2024, the RDOS Board voted to award the contract to Waste Connections Canada. The decision to authorize the contract was not unanimous.

Quarterly billing
Curbside and recycling rates will be reviewed and recommendations will be made later in 2024.

To reduce the impact on customers, the RDOS will transition from annual to quarterly billing. A monthly, equal payment plan option is also available. For payment information, please visit the finance page on the RDOS website: www.rdos.bc.ca.

Carts
The Waste Connections Canada contract requires carts for each residence. Introducing carts allows curbside and recycling collection to move to an automated collection system. This reduces work-related injuries for staff as it eliminates the need for lifting or maneuvering heavier bins. Easy-to-roll carts also improve neighbourhood aesthetics by keeping materials contained, reducing the reliance on bags, and limiting litter blowing away. Many cities and regional districts in B.C. have switched to carts.

The carts will be provided by the RDOS and will be delivered prior to the start of the new collection contract in July 2025. The three (3) carts for each household includes one for garbage, one for recycling, and one for organic waste (yard and food waste).

The cost of the carts is included in the curbside collection fees, which will be determined later in 2024. Residents with long driveways or pick-up points far from their homes may choose to leave carts at their pick-up point and fill them with waste on the morning of collection. It is still to be determined whether residents can use their existing carts.

Service contract
RDOS curbside and recycling customers are not able to opt out of curbside and recycling collection. According to the Local Government Act, the service of the regulation, storage and management of municipal solid waste and recycling material is not subject to withdrawal.

Local Government Act
B.C. Reg. 398/2000 REGIONAL DISTRICT SERVICE WITHDRAWAL REGULATION

Services that are not subject to withdrawal

1. The following services are exempted from withdrawal under Division 6 [Dispute Resolution in Relation to Services] of Part 10 [Regional Districts: Service Structure and Establishing Bylaws] of the Local Government Act:

(a)an emergency telephone system, including an emergency 911 system;
(b)a transit service;
(c)a regional parks service established under the Local Government Act;
(d)the service of the regulation, storage and management of municipal solid waste and recyclable material.
[am. B.C. Reg. 118/2018.]

For further information, please call the RDOS Solid Waste hotline at 250-490-4129. Click here to view the RDOS curbside and recycling collection fact sheet.

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  • Share Every year at the start of spring we clean up our yard. As a result we have a lot of yard waste. What are we to do with this abundence of branches, cuttings and leaves that will not fit in one bin? Before we could put out as much as we collected and it would be taken away. It seems we are paying more for less service in this case. on Facebook Share Every year at the start of spring we clean up our yard. As a result we have a lot of yard waste. What are we to do with this abundence of branches, cuttings and leaves that will not fit in one bin? Before we could put out as much as we collected and it would be taken away. It seems we are paying more for less service in this case. on Twitter Share Every year at the start of spring we clean up our yard. As a result we have a lot of yard waste. What are we to do with this abundence of branches, cuttings and leaves that will not fit in one bin? Before we could put out as much as we collected and it would be taken away. It seems we are paying more for less service in this case. on Linkedin Email Every year at the start of spring we clean up our yard. As a result we have a lot of yard waste. What are we to do with this abundence of branches, cuttings and leaves that will not fit in one bin? Before we could put out as much as we collected and it would be taken away. It seems we are paying more for less service in this case. link

    Every year at the start of spring we clean up our yard. As a result we have a lot of yard waste. What are we to do with this abundence of branches, cuttings and leaves that will not fit in one bin? Before we could put out as much as we collected and it would be taken away. It seems we are paying more for less service in this case.

    JackandJanet asked 23 days ago

    The Curbside Calendar for 2025/26 is still being finalized. There may be events during peak yard waste periods, such as spring and fall, where an unlimited amount of yard waste will be allowed. 

    Yard waste bags will no longer be accepted regularly for curbside collection because they are not compatible with the contractor’s collection trucks.  

    There will be a significant increase in the frequency of yard waste and food scrap collection. It will be collected every week, throughout the year, instead of the current collection every other week or, in some areas, once per month.  

    Residential yard waste disposal is free for quantities up to 500kg per day at all RDOS-operated landfills.

  • Share what does this mean for multi unit addresses such as Condo's, townhouse complexes and trailer / RV parks? on Facebook Share what does this mean for multi unit addresses such as Condo's, townhouse complexes and trailer / RV parks? on Twitter Share what does this mean for multi unit addresses such as Condo's, townhouse complexes and trailer / RV parks? on Linkedin Email what does this mean for multi unit addresses such as Condo's, townhouse complexes and trailer / RV parks? link

    what does this mean for multi unit addresses such as Condo's, townhouse complexes and trailer / RV parks?

    KW asked 24 days ago

    Multi-family dwellings have options for waste disposal. One option is for individual units to be responsible for their own waste. In this case, each unit would be billed by the RDOS and carts and food scrap collection would be implemented in July 2025. Alternatively, multi-family dwellings can opt for a combined waste collection system where the building would pay a contractor to place a commercial bin on the property. To opt out of RDOS curbside collection, the owner/landlord/strata would need to provide proof of commercial waste collection. The latter option is the choice for the majority of multi-family dwellings in the RDOS.

  • Share Given that we live in a rural area that often has bears and other animals roaming, will the waste and compost bins be somehow made animal proof? Our pick up point is no where near our house so we won't be able to keep an eye on our bins for the 3 or more hours that it can take for our trash to be picked up. We currently have bear-proof bins for our garbage. Just wondering how this will work for us? on Facebook Share Given that we live in a rural area that often has bears and other animals roaming, will the waste and compost bins be somehow made animal proof? Our pick up point is no where near our house so we won't be able to keep an eye on our bins for the 3 or more hours that it can take for our trash to be picked up. We currently have bear-proof bins for our garbage. Just wondering how this will work for us? on Twitter Share Given that we live in a rural area that often has bears and other animals roaming, will the waste and compost bins be somehow made animal proof? Our pick up point is no where near our house so we won't be able to keep an eye on our bins for the 3 or more hours that it can take for our trash to be picked up. We currently have bear-proof bins for our garbage. Just wondering how this will work for us? on Linkedin Email Given that we live in a rural area that often has bears and other animals roaming, will the waste and compost bins be somehow made animal proof? Our pick up point is no where near our house so we won't be able to keep an eye on our bins for the 3 or more hours that it can take for our trash to be picked up. We currently have bear-proof bins for our garbage. Just wondering how this will work for us? link

    Given that we live in a rural area that often has bears and other animals roaming, will the waste and compost bins be somehow made animal proof? Our pick up point is no where near our house so we won't be able to keep an eye on our bins for the 3 or more hours that it can take for our trash to be picked up. We currently have bear-proof bins for our garbage. Just wondering how this will work for us?

    Cameron asked 20 days ago

    The RDOS-provided carts will have specifications compatible with the contractor’s automated trucks but will not have any additional wildlife-resistant features. It is not yet certain if residents can use their existing carts, even if they fit within those specifications. However, if the RODS does allow this, then wildlife-resistant carts, as long as they are un-clipped at the time of collection or have a gravity lock mechanism, will likely be allowed. The RDOS is currently exploring solutions to continue reducing wildlife conflicts during curbside collection. 

    The introduction of food waste collection is not anticipated to attract more wildlife, since the same material is being collected, just organized differently.

  • Share Did the RDOS and Waste Connections consider that many properties have long, steep, gravel driveways and how will we manage the carts on these? If the wheels break, will the carts be replaced at no cost? How will residents be able to take carts down to road? These carts do not fit in some vehicles as easily as a regular garbage can, and as they are larger, won't be easily lifted for most people. Did you think about that? on Facebook Share Did the RDOS and Waste Connections consider that many properties have long, steep, gravel driveways and how will we manage the carts on these? If the wheels break, will the carts be replaced at no cost? How will residents be able to take carts down to road? These carts do not fit in some vehicles as easily as a regular garbage can, and as they are larger, won't be easily lifted for most people. Did you think about that? on Twitter Share Did the RDOS and Waste Connections consider that many properties have long, steep, gravel driveways and how will we manage the carts on these? If the wheels break, will the carts be replaced at no cost? How will residents be able to take carts down to road? These carts do not fit in some vehicles as easily as a regular garbage can, and as they are larger, won't be easily lifted for most people. Did you think about that? on Linkedin Email Did the RDOS and Waste Connections consider that many properties have long, steep, gravel driveways and how will we manage the carts on these? If the wheels break, will the carts be replaced at no cost? How will residents be able to take carts down to road? These carts do not fit in some vehicles as easily as a regular garbage can, and as they are larger, won't be easily lifted for most people. Did you think about that? link

    Did the RDOS and Waste Connections consider that many properties have long, steep, gravel driveways and how will we manage the carts on these? If the wheels break, will the carts be replaced at no cost? How will residents be able to take carts down to road? These carts do not fit in some vehicles as easily as a regular garbage can, and as they are larger, won't be easily lifted for most people. Did you think about that?

    Sylvia asked 25 days ago

    This was taken into consideration. The use of carts is a requirement in the contract set out by Waste Collections Canada. It may be possible to leave carts at the end of the driveway and fill them with waste on the morning of collection day. This would eliminate the need to bring carts up and down long or steep driveways or attempting to transport them in vehicles. If a cart is damaged or broken, a replacement will be provided at no additional cost.

  • Share Weekly pick up includes food scraps and yard waste, but what about dog/animal waste, diapers, and other "smelly" items that would currently be picked up in the weekly waste schedule? I don't think anyone will appreciate 2 weeks worth of dog poo or diaper stink especially in the hot summer months. on Facebook Share Weekly pick up includes food scraps and yard waste, but what about dog/animal waste, diapers, and other "smelly" items that would currently be picked up in the weekly waste schedule? I don't think anyone will appreciate 2 weeks worth of dog poo or diaper stink especially in the hot summer months. on Twitter Share Weekly pick up includes food scraps and yard waste, but what about dog/animal waste, diapers, and other "smelly" items that would currently be picked up in the weekly waste schedule? I don't think anyone will appreciate 2 weeks worth of dog poo or diaper stink especially in the hot summer months. on Linkedin Email Weekly pick up includes food scraps and yard waste, but what about dog/animal waste, diapers, and other "smelly" items that would currently be picked up in the weekly waste schedule? I don't think anyone will appreciate 2 weeks worth of dog poo or diaper stink especially in the hot summer months. link

    Weekly pick up includes food scraps and yard waste, but what about dog/animal waste, diapers, and other "smelly" items that would currently be picked up in the weekly waste schedule? I don't think anyone will appreciate 2 weeks worth of dog poo or diaper stink especially in the hot summer months.

    Adachi asked 26 days ago

    Pet waste and diapers will continue to only be accepted as garbage. They cannot be composted as the waste bags and diaper material are made of plastic, including bags labelled ‘biodegradable’ or ‘compostable’. Pet or human waste is also incompatible with RDOS composting procedures.

    Options for disposing of pet waste other than placing it in your curbside garbage include flushing it down the toilet (never flush the bag), calling a collection service, building or buying a pet waste composter in your garden, or bringing it to a landfill that accepts it.

  • Share I have a long distance to haul these bins and no truck. Currently I bag and drive down to the pickup point in my car. Will there be any consideration to add a pickup point? on Facebook Share I have a long distance to haul these bins and no truck. Currently I bag and drive down to the pickup point in my car. Will there be any consideration to add a pickup point? on Twitter Share I have a long distance to haul these bins and no truck. Currently I bag and drive down to the pickup point in my car. Will there be any consideration to add a pickup point? on Linkedin Email I have a long distance to haul these bins and no truck. Currently I bag and drive down to the pickup point in my car. Will there be any consideration to add a pickup point? link

    I have a long distance to haul these bins and no truck. Currently I bag and drive down to the pickup point in my car. Will there be any consideration to add a pickup point?

    Kathy Hamilton asked 26 days ago

    The RDOS is currently looking at considerations for residents who may have long distances between their homes and where the collection trucks are able to travel.

  • Share What will be the frequency of pick up for the yard waste, recycling, and garbage carts? Currently our area has weekly garbage pick up and alternating weeks are yard waste and/or recycling. on Facebook Share What will be the frequency of pick up for the yard waste, recycling, and garbage carts? Currently our area has weekly garbage pick up and alternating weeks are yard waste and/or recycling. on Twitter Share What will be the frequency of pick up for the yard waste, recycling, and garbage carts? Currently our area has weekly garbage pick up and alternating weeks are yard waste and/or recycling. on Linkedin Email What will be the frequency of pick up for the yard waste, recycling, and garbage carts? Currently our area has weekly garbage pick up and alternating weeks are yard waste and/or recycling. link

    What will be the frequency of pick up for the yard waste, recycling, and garbage carts? Currently our area has weekly garbage pick up and alternating weeks are yard waste and/or recycling.

    Adachi asked 27 days ago

    The curbside collection calendar for 2025/26 is still being finalized, but it is anticipated to include weekly pickup for food scraps and yard waste, along with alternating weeks for garbage and recycling pickup. Garbage will be collected every two weeks, recycling every two weeks, and food scraps and yard waste will be collected every week.

  • Share Can we use our existing carts? on Facebook Share Can we use our existing carts? on Twitter Share Can we use our existing carts? on Linkedin Email Can we use our existing carts? link

    Can we use our existing carts?

    Jordy asked 27 days ago

    Three new carts will be provided by the RDOS prior to the start of the new contract. One cart will be for garbage, one for recycling, and one for food scraps and yard waste. These carts will fit the specifications required by the contractor for an automated collection system.

    It has not been determined yet if residents can use their existing carts that fit within the specifications.

  • Share Does "food waste" include animal products (such as meat and bones)? on Facebook Share Does "food waste" include animal products (such as meat and bones)? on Twitter Share Does "food waste" include animal products (such as meat and bones)? on Linkedin Email Does "food waste" include animal products (such as meat and bones)? link

    Does "food waste" include animal products (such as meat and bones)?

    Susan asked 20 days ago

    Yes, food waste includes all food scrap items such as meat, bones, dairy products, eggs, cooked food, bread, and small amounts of grease. It does not include unprocessed carcasses, plastic bags labelled ‘compostable’ or ‘biodegradable’, or human waste.