Bulky Items for Pickup?

Over 500 residents in the Central Okanagan will learn this week they've been chosen to test a new Bulky Item pickup program for unwanted household items. And if you've been picked to be part of this pilot project, you'll be able to start putting your unwanted bulky household stuff out at the curb in a few weeks.

Door knockers are now being delivered to over 500 homes in select areas of Peachland, Kelowna Mission, and Lake Country, notifying residents they've been selected to participate in the 8 week pilot project. The location selection criteria were determined by areas currently the greatest distance from an existing waste facility, namely the Glenmore landfill and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center. Only those homes receiving this information at the door are able to participate in the test project.

Regional District Environmental Services Manager Peter Rotheisler says the pilot is a direct result of the recent update to the Solid Waste Management plan, and is a key initiative identified in the plan. "The purpose of this pilot is twofold, to gauge interest from the public in having this type of program available to them. Also, it's to see if it could replace the need for transfer stations in the designated areas down the road."

Rotheisler explains the list of items they're accepting as part of the Bulky Pickup program includes all types of household material. "We want to test every potential problem and situation we can think of. The logistics of collecting things like renovation leftovers, carpet,
underlay, sinks, toilets, exercise equipment, appliances -we need to see up front how feasible that is to manage. Our contractor OK Environmental Waste Systems will handle the pickups and administration of the pilot project. Instructions on what you can put out, how much, how often, and when will be very clear. And it will all be strictly monitored, if you don't get a door knocker, you're not part of the pickup program."

The Bulky Item Pickup pilot project will run from October 10th to December 1st, and once it is over the Regional Waste Reduction Office will survey residents to find out their preferences on items they would like included in a more permanent program, and how much they would be willing to pay for the service.

The Bulky Item Pickup Pilot Program is limited to specific homes in select areas only including:-

Peachland: Renfrew Road area

Kelowna: the upper Mission

Lake Country: Pretty Road area

Only those homes receiving door knockers in the above areas are part of the program.

Some of the items for collection will include:

Renovation materials
Clean & painted wood
Exercise equipment
Water tanks
Depot Only Itemsincluding Styrofoam, glass & plastic bags and overwrap

For more information email the Regional Waste Reduction Office at recycle@cord.bc.ca , call 250.469.6250, visit www.regionaldistrict.com or www.okews.com.