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SURVEY Potential Options for Residential Curbside Recycling

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SURVEY Potential Options for Residential Curbside Recycling


Why Are Blue and Clear Recycling Bags Being Banned?

Every plastic bag is removed by hand. This process is expensive and can lead to worker injury. Plastic is the highest source of contamination in paper. Recent changes in the recycling market have made it more difficult to process paper mixed with plastics. Plastic bags can also wrap around sorting equipment. Plastic bag removal requires constant shut down of recycling facilities.

As a result of a policy change by Recycle BC, Blue and clear bags may not be used as recycling containers after July 1, 2020.

That provides less than 1.5 years to implement changes. Your feedback on options will help the Town know what to do next.

Why the Survey?

The Town of Osoyoos (Town) will be phasing out the use of blue and clear bags for  residential curbside collection.

Under an updated recycling contract, the Town will NO LONGER be able to collect recycling in blue or clear plastic bags as of July 1, 2020.  This provides time for residents to consider options and help guide the best steps forward.

The Town is asking residents to fill in an online survey (below) or fill out/drop off the (Paper Copy) survey at the following locations:

  • Town Hall (8707 Main Street)
  • Sonora Community Centre (8505 68th Avenue)
  • Osoyoos Sanitary Landfill (17250 146th Avenue)

Option 1: Cart Supplied By TOWN 
The Town can supply one large rolling recycling cart to every home. These carts would remain the property of the Town and the Town would fix or replace as needed. The cart would have a lifting bar half way up the front side. Additional costs to be determined and would be included in your annual garbage fees for the supply and maintenance of one 240 litre rolling cart. Cardboard can be bundled and placed separately. Please note no carts will be provided for garbage or yard waste!

Option 2: Residents Buy or Rent Their Own Carts, Blue Bins or Garbage Cans
Currently residents may purchase or rent their own cart, blue bins or garbage cans and bundle cardboard separately. The Town has FREERECYCLE ONLY” stickers to curbside customers to mark their recycling containers.  Residents may buy or rent their own reusable cart, blue bin or garbage can. All large 240 L rolling carts purchased by residents require a lifting bar half way up the front side.

Potential Option Potential Benefits Issues
Option 1: Cart Supplied by Town Bulk purchase of carts allows for lowest per unit cost. Town responsible for delivery and maintenance Additional costs to be determined and would be included in your annual garbage fees. Everyone must use the carts. Some homes have limited space or long driveways. Carts linked to increased contamination.
Options 2: Resident Supplies Cart, Bin or Can Flexibility of residents to choose container for their property. No additional costs on annual invoice. Residents pay retail cost for containers.  Homeowner responsible for purchase and maintenance.

Additional Information

Bundled cardboard placed separately will continue for both (2) options.


Option 2: All large rolling carts (240 L or larger) must have required lifting bar.

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and future residents of Osoyoos, in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

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