Garbage

A black bear next to a trash bin. (Mark Levisay)

Increase in bear activity calls for Central Okanagan residents to reduce attractants

The hot and fire-ridden summer has driven an increase in bear sightings throughout Okanagan Neighbourhoods

 

A bear and cubs got into some garbage in Oyama, near the Okanagan Rail Trail Sept. 1. (Bryn White photo)

Lake Country petitions to be bear smart

‘Our community is facing considerable safety issues at our local school bus stops, roads and streets, and our backyards’

 

The new 240-litre sized trash cans in Vernon for automated pick-up have been getting mixed reviews to the point Vernon council voted unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 7, to purchase smaller bins which residents can request. (Contributed)

Vernon purchasing smaller garbage bins, after new size trashed

City’s new automated program uses 240-litre size bins, which some residents say are much too big; city to buy 120-litre size bins

 

The new trash cans in Vernon aren't getting very good reviews from residents who say they are too big. (Contributed)

New garbage cans trashed by Vernon residents

Waste collection bins too big for many households, particularly seniors’

The new trash cans in Vernon aren't getting very good reviews from residents who say they are too big. (Contributed)
A bear snacks on garbage in Lake Country Sunday, July 18, prompting reminders to keep your garbage locked up so fed bears don't become dead bears. (Bob Vinek photo)

Bear snacks on garbage in Okanagan

Residents reminded that leaving garbage out can lead to a $230 fine

A bear snacks on garbage in Lake Country Sunday, July 18, prompting reminders to keep your garbage locked up so fed bears don't become dead bears. (Bob Vinek photo)
COVID-related trash is washing up on shorelines across the world, including Coldstream’s Kal Beach, as pictured in this May 2021 photograph. (Jennifer Smith - Black Press)

Shoreline cleanup finds COVID-related trash increased during height of the pandemic

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup reports litter from single-use food packaging nearly doubled

COVID-related trash is washing up on shorelines across the world, including Coldstream’s Kal Beach, as pictured in this May 2021 photograph. (Jennifer Smith - Black Press)
The Sicamous United Church Thrift Shop’s drop off area is frequently left in disarray, with items dropped off after hours that end up being taken to the landfill – at the church’s cost. (Contributed)

Volunteers frustrated with Sicamous thrift shop being used as a dump

United Church board chair said issue has been going on for more than a decade

The Sicamous United Church Thrift Shop’s drop off area is frequently left in disarray, with items dropped off after hours that end up being taken to the landfill – at the church’s cost. (Contributed)
Empty bottles litter Kal Beach in early May 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Trucks with loose litter trashing Okanagan roads

One city looks at costly cleanup program, and alternatives

Empty bottles litter Kal Beach in early May 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A bear was spotted wandering around Van Kleeck in Armstrong Monday evening. (Lance Skoreyko photo)

No bears euthanized yet, despite increased North Okanagan sightings

Residents reminded to lock up garbage so bears don’t have to be put down

A bear was spotted wandering around Van Kleeck in Armstrong Monday evening. (Lance Skoreyko photo)
A discarded couch lies in the bush beside Bulman Road. (Contributed)

Illegal dumpers should ‘grow up,’ says Kelowna woman who found couch on roadside

Bulman Road resident spotted couch, used toilet paper and a plethora of other litter along the road

A discarded couch lies in the bush beside Bulman Road. (Contributed)
A crew of WestCoast WILD Adventures employees tackled an onslaught of litter left at the ‘Locks of Love’ fence at Wally Creek on May 2. (Anne-Marie Gosselin photo)

Litter woes consume popular ‘Locks of Love’ fence on B.C.’s Pacific Rim

Popular view spot near Tofino plagued by people hanging masks and other unwanted garbage

A crew of WestCoast WILD Adventures employees tackled an onslaught of litter left at the ‘Locks of Love’ fence at Wally Creek on May 2. (Anne-Marie Gosselin photo)
Similar to those coming to Armstrong residents in May, Vernon is getting garbage carts this August. (Brooke Hovey photo)

New garbage carts could carry future composting in Vernon

City rolling out automated collection bins this August, which could lead to organic bins too

Similar to those coming to Armstrong residents in May, Vernon is getting garbage carts this August. (Brooke Hovey photo)
The Okanagan Forest Task Force hauled an abandoned derelict car out of the Noble Canyon area Friday, April 23, 2021. (OFTF photo)

Okanagan Forest Task Force hauls derelict car out of Noble Canyon

The OFTF pulled the abandoned vehicle out of the Lavington area Friday

The Okanagan Forest Task Force hauled an abandoned derelict car out of the Noble Canyon area Friday, April 23, 2021. (OFTF photo)
Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)

PHOTOS: Out-of-town divers remove 100s of pounds of trash from Cultus Lake

Members of Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans hauled out 470 pounds of trash over two days

Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)
An SUV was trashed on the Westside, past the transfer station over the Easter long weekend. (Daryl Robertson photo)

Vehicles trashed on Westside amid annual cleanup

Residents tiring of pickup up after others

An SUV was trashed on the Westside, past the transfer station over the Easter long weekend. (Daryl Robertson photo)
Thor the brown Boston terrier’s new backpack is filled with discarded masks picked up on daily walk outings around his Vernon neighbourhood by owner Lisa Mazurek. (Lisa Mazurek photo)

North Okanagan terrier, master cleaning up discarded masks

Thor, a Boston terrier, has poop bags with masks filled into backpack during daily walks

Thor the brown Boston terrier’s new backpack is filled with discarded masks picked up on daily walk outings around his Vernon neighbourhood by owner Lisa Mazurek. (Lisa Mazurek photo)
Illegal dump up Postill Lake FSR, near Kelowna. (BC Conservation Service)

Man fined for dumping trash in Kelowna backcountry

Suspect came forward after several public reports

Illegal dump up Postill Lake FSR, near Kelowna. (BC Conservation Service)
Removing an abandoned motorhome from a street in Summerland was a difficult, expensive task, a Summerland towing operator says. (Contributed)

Abandoned motorhomes expensive to remove, Summerland towing operator says

Significant costs and efforts required in order to dispose of old, unusable units

Removing an abandoned motorhome from a street in Summerland was a difficult, expensive task, a Summerland towing operator says. (Contributed)
The Okanagan Forest Task Force is seeking approval from a government agency to clear a swath of discarded tires from a creek south of Vernon. (OFTF photo)

Cleanup crew seeking approval to clear discarded tires from stream south of Vernon

Okanagan Forest Task Force needs government approval to ensure work doesn’t affect the stream

The Okanagan Forest Task Force is seeking approval from a government agency to clear a swath of discarded tires from a creek south of Vernon. (OFTF photo)
Okanagan Forest Task Force clean up took place on May 9 along Postill Lake Road. (Okanagan Forest Task Force)

Okanagan cleanup task force helps ticket 60 people for illegally dumping in 2020

The crew assisted in getting about 60 illegal dumpers ticketed

Okanagan Forest Task Force clean up took place on May 9 along Postill Lake Road. (Okanagan Forest Task Force)