Vehicles drop off loads at the Louis Creek Eco-Depot recently. As of Tuesday, March 24, only bagged household garbage and recycling is being accepted at all TNRD eco-depots, including Louis Creek. (Keith McNeill - Barriere Star/Journal)

Eco-depots and transfer stations temporarily limiting accepted materials

Only household garbage and waste being accepted due to COVID-19

Thompson-Nicola Regional District announced on Tuesday, March 24, that it will temporarily only accept bagged household garbage and recycling at all eco-depots and transfer stations.

“This is not the time to load up your truck from a home renovation project or spring cleaning,” said Ken Gillis, TNRD chair. “We saw a large increase in customers over the weekend that seemed to be doing just that. Please hold onto these items until we return to normal operations.”

In order to reduce the number of people visiting disposal facilities, the regional district asks residents to bring in only garbage generated from inside the home (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) and ensure that it is bagged and tied closed.

Area residents are being asked to bring only in recycling from essential items such as paper, cardboard, and containers coming from the grocery stores or pharmacy.

Customers are encouraged to limit their trips to an Eco-Depot or Transfer Station and limit the time they spend on site. By pre-sorting recycling, people will be able to quickly deposit material and limit interaction with attendants.

Please do not bring the following waste/recyclable materials to your local Eco-Depot or Transfer Station: construction or renovation waste, yard waste, batteries, used oil, tires, electronics and small appliances, paint and other household hazardous waste, scrap metal, propane tanks, appliances, mattresses and furniture, and clothing donations.

It is important that customers observe social distancing while on site. Access to the site may be limited depending on customer volume. Please be patient as we put these measures in place to keep all our residents, staff and contractors safe. The TNRD is committed to keep solid waste facilities operational as a critical service in the regional district.

Free Disposal Days and Household Hazardous Waste Round-Ups have been postponed until further notice. These events typically take place in April and May and the TNRD will determine new dates at a future time.

For residents of Blue River and Avola – curbside collection will continue following the normal schedule. Residents with curbside collection are also being reminded to bag and tie garbage to avoid litter.

Please continue to monitor the TNRD website, social media, and local news agencies for updates and changes to these policies. For Solid Waste-related questions contact 250-377-2596 or recycleright@tnrd.ca.

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