The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) is discontinuing its annual Free Disposal Days held throughout the region.
The decision comes following a recommendation from the Regional Solid Waste Management Committee to the TNRD Board of Directors at its November 19th inaugural meeting.
The TNRD has made the decision to discontinue these events based on a number of reasons:
- The cost to taxpayers to hold Free Disposal Days has increased over 300% since the program began in 2011.
- The list of materials that can now be recycled has been greatly improved since these events began, and the list continues to expand. There is no charge to home owners for residential recycling year-round.
- Offering free disposal discourages the separation of recycling, which goes against the TNRD’s 10-year Regional Solid Waste Plan and the objectives to reduce waste going to landfills.
- Safety concerns for both staff and the public have been ongoing due to high traffic at the sites and screening loads with unsafe materials, including potentially asbestos containing material, during these events.
- There are environmental concerns with dangerous or prohibited wastes being left at the sites due to the high volume of users.
In addition, the TNRD maintains funding for the cleanup of illegal dump sites throughout the region. Free Household Hazardous Waste Roundup events will continue to be held annually at multiple locations in the TNRD.
To help offset the removal of Free Disposal Days, the TNRD will be eliminating the cost to recycle mattresses, box springs, and tires on rims at our sites.
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