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Recycling changes in works

Recycling collection will come a few days earlier for some residents.

Following Christmas, those looking to recycle styrofoam can do so for free from Dec. 27 to Jan. 4 at Venture Training or Interior Freight and Bottle Depot.

Styrofoam is also accepted year round at these locations and at the Greater Vernon and Armstrong Spallumcheen Recycling and Disposal Facilities for a $3 fee. Container glass is accepted free of charge at all of these locations as well as Chasers Bottle Depot in Vernon and the Enderby Bottle Depot – just look for the outdoor recycling bins.

Collection days will remain the same for all blue bag routes during the holidays with the exception of the following collection days:

Wednesday, Dec. 25 will be moved to Saturday, Dec. 21

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 will be moved to Saturday, Dec. 28.

This will affect the following collection routes:

Old Kamloops Road/Blue Jay area/Kal view area and City of Armstrong

Alexis Park/downtown area

Regular collection days will resume for these areas in January 2014.

Those wondering what the pickup schedule looks like in 2014 can visit or the Regional District of North Okanagan office in January. Traditionally, RDNO delivers recycling calendars, but they will not be delivered for 2014 due to upcoming changes to residential recycling. The collection will not change in the first five months of 2014, but could change in May when Multi Material BC is scheduled to be implemented.

All RDNO recycling and disposal facilities are open regular winter hours (go to for hours of operation) during the holidays with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when all facilities will be closed.


Fort St. John Eco-Depot now Styrofoam friendly

Styrofoam has been a nuisance in landfills for a long time, but now the ECO Depot in Fort St. John is accepting Styrofoam for recycling. Pieces of Styrofoam are broken down then heat and pressure compresses the pellets into a solid block in the facility’s new bailer. In it’s new state the Styrofoam can then be reused to make things like cups, packaging, and meat trays. Koelman Marshall works at the Eco-Depot and he says that since they introduced the bailer they have seen a strong response from the community.

Bailer for Styrofoam Recycling

Bailer for Styrofoam Recycling

“We’ve been accepting Styrofoam now I believe for the past four months. We’ve had incredible huge volumes if Styrofoam coming in. We’ve actually had a bail with our bigger bailer just to make room for the Styrofoam, and then we’ll have to go back and sort that and bail it later on just due to the room.”

When put in a landfill Styrofoam can take hundreds of year to break down, and with the new bailer Marshall says it will greatly reduce the amount of Styrofoam going to the dump.

“Well it definitely saves on landfill for sure. Just to do one sized cubes of blocks, which is roughly 500 pounds it took about 150 bags to 200 bags, roughly.”

The Eco Depot works closely with the Northern Environmental Action team, and Tammy Harab with NEAT says the introduction of this bailer makes recycling Styrofoam in the north economically feasible.

“Before it was just not cost effective to ship it because it’s so light, but because they can compress it now it can be shipped out to the recyclers and turned into other things.”

This bailer goes a long way in increasing the types of materials the Eco Depot can handle. Harab says they will keep an eye out for future recycling options to introduce in the north.

“We have a great relationship with Eco-Depot so we’re constantly talking and figuring out. The government of British Columbia and their stewards are really good about keeping people informed and notified. So it’s keeping up with the media, and the emails, and the letters, and the partners, and keeping all of that information in check and it’s available to us in the North.”

Styrofoam Cups: Ban or Recycle?

By Dr Joseph S Maresca  

Major municipalities like New York and others in the United States face the prospect of citizens creating a growing amount of trash because of population increases, wasteful product packaging, and materials which defy decomposition.

Styrofoam cups are an example of inorganic materials which defy easy styrofoam cupsbreakdown for recycling purposes. Seattle has banned these styrofoam cups with cities like New York likely soon to follow. Generally speaking, organically based materials may be disposed of more easily by natural processes like composting.

Right now, the restaurant industry in New York City is gearing up to thwart an effort by legislators to ban styrofoam cups. Continue reading

Passing on Styrofoam

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food packaging, which is commonly referred to by the Dow trademark Styrofoam, in February.

In a Bloomberg News article, the mayor describes the material as “something that we know is environmentally destructive and that may be hazardous to our health, that is costing taxpayers money and that we can easily do without, and is something that should go the way of lead paint.”

According to the city, an estimated 20,000 tons of EPS food packaging enter its waste stream per year and removing the material from the recycling stream adds an estimated $20 per ton to the cost of recycling. Continue reading

Styrofoam is filling up landfill

Styrofoam is filling up landfillStyrofoam has the potential to affect the entire ecological system of this planet. Used in product packages and the shipping industry, the world produces tons of Styrofoam each year which is now a major environmental problem. Landfills are filling up at a record rate and Styrofoam is one reason and Styrofoam is non-biodegradable adds to the ecological impact. Continue reading

Styrofoam Monster – a human carcinogen

Polystyrene is a petroleum-based plastic made from the styrene monomer and is marketed under the trade name Styrofoam. We live under the assumption that the common products we use day-to-day are safe. However, serious questions remain about the health effects of many of these products. Through investigation and human and animal studies, sometimes these widely used products are found to cause serious health problems. Continue reading

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