Waste composition sorters examine garbage at the Campbell Mountain Landfill near Penticton. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is conducting a study of residential and commercial waste to help staff understand the types of waste coming to the landfill. (Contributed)

Waste composition sorters examine garbage at the Campbell Mountain Landfill near Penticton. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is conducting a study of residential and commercial waste to help staff understand the types of waste coming to the landfill. (Contributed)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen conducting waste composition study at Campbell Mountain Landfill

Results will help with management of landfill facilities

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is conducting a waste composition study at Campbell Mountain Landfill this week.

The regional district is working with the Regional District of Central Okanagan and has hired Tetra Tech to conduct the study.

Sorters will be sampling residential and commercial waste collected across the region. The sampling will help staff understand the types of waste coming to landfills.

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The regional district, member municipalities and various provincial groups provide recycling programs and the sampling will provide insights into the success of these programs. Compost sites for food waste are also being considered.

“Landfills, compost sites and curbside collection programs cost millions of dollars,” said Karla Kozakevich, chair of the regional district.

“Learning which materials can be diverted will help the RDOS design and better manage the landfill and future compost sites.”

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is conducting a matching study at the Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna. The results will be compared to prior studies done at the landfill to look for potential changes in waste generation due to COVID-19.

The results will also be compared to waste composition studies that have been conducted across the province.

A second waste composition study will be conducted this spring to look for seasonal differences. The final report will be finalized June 2021.

For further information on the waste composition study, please contact the Regional District Solid Waste group at 250-490-4129 or visit www.rdos.bc.ca.

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