Garbage from the business sector is about to undergo added scrutiny at the Glenmore landfill and the results could be costly for those not following the mandatory recycling rules.
Since late last year, the Regional Waste Reduction Office, in partnership with the City of Kelowna Glenmore Landfill, has been working with local waste hauling companies to inform customers that surcharges would be applied to loads containing banned recyclable items.
In addition, a comprehensive education campaign has been underway to assist local businesses improve the way they manage their solid waste.
Now the focus of the Commercial Waste Diversion Program is shifting to actively inspecting loads of garbage at the landfill.
Staff will be checking random loads from waste hauling companies, businesses, institutions and residential complexes, and loads with large quantities of mandatory recyclables will be dinged with a surcharge.
Waste reduction manager Peter Rotheisler said: “Surcharges will be applied immediately to loads containing large quantities of mandatory recyclables, $150 per metric tonne for loads containing banned materials, over and above any regular tipping fees.”