waste disposal

Apples speed along as they’re sorted for size and quality at the BelleHarvest packing and storage facility, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in Belding, Mich. This process happens repeatedly throughout the year as apples are taken out of special storage rooms that help them stay fresher. They are then sent to grocery stores. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Fight to curb food waste increasingly turns to science

ReFed: 500,000 pounds of food could be diverted from landfills annually with better packaging

 

Colombian environmental engineer Germán Viasus Tibamoso, owner of Tierra Viva, places beetle larvae on solid waste in Tunja, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The company transforms solid, organic waste, with the help of beetle larvae’s digestive microorganisms, that transform the waste into a compost rich in nitrogen and phosphorous. Once adults, some of the beetles are sent to scientific labs and others to Japan where they are popular as pets. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

VIDEO: Hard-working Colombian beetles clean garbage, retire as pets

Larvae can transform food waste into fertilizer

 

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) hosted their annual hazardous household waste roundup event in Creston on Sept. 19. Hundreds of cars passed through the parking lot of the rec centre for the four-hour event, and one-by-one they lined up and were met by volunteers who sorted through and organized whatever electronics and other hazardous items they had to offer. Volunteers from the Creston Fire Rescue, RDCK, Terrapure Environmental and other organizations sifted through large quantities of car batteries, paint, computers, TVs, DVDs, household cleaners, lightbulbs and more. Following the event, the waste was sent to a disposable facility in Kelowna for further sorting and disposal. In addition to Creston, the RDCK hosted hazardous roundup events in Kaslo, Castlegar, Silverton and Nakusp throughout the month of September.
(Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)

Hazardous waste rounded up on Westside

North Westside residents can drop off paints, aeresols, computers, flammables, batteries

 

File photo/Black Press Media

Glenmore landfill in Kelowna going greener with new initiatives

‘We expect in the next five to eight years heavy equipment will be able to be electrified more and more’

File photo/Black Press Media
Composting keeps food waste out of landfills and puts it to good use growing new food. (Black Press file photo)

Crackdown on commercial food waste coming to North Okanagan

Amended RDNO bylaw will regulate large-scale food waste starting July 1

Composting keeps food waste out of landfills and puts it to good use growing new food. (Black Press file photo)
Residents at the Crown Villa trailer park in Vernon have been dealing with a raw sewage leak, and the owner says she can’t afford to fix it. The owner was given a $345 ticket from Interior Health on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star).

Raw sewage flowing at Okanagan trailer park; owner can’t afford repairs

The owner of the Crown Villa trailer park is worried the park will be shut down

Residents at the Crown Villa trailer park in Vernon have been dealing with a raw sewage leak, and the owner says she can’t afford to fix it. The owner was given a $345 ticket from Interior Health on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star).
The Regional District of Central Okanagan will start its yard waste pickup program March 1, running every two weeks until December. (RDCO photo)

Central Okanagan curbside yard waste pickup program blooms

Starting Tuesday, March 1; yard waste can be collected every two weeks until December

The Regional District of Central Okanagan will start its yard waste pickup program March 1, running every two weeks until December. (RDCO photo)
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)
The Okanagan Forest Task Force cleaned over 1,400 pounds of garbage from Beaver Lake Road on March 14. (Supplied/Kane Blake)

1,400 pounds of garbage discovered in Lake Country backcountry

Okanagan Forest Task Force cleaned up the mess on March 14

The Okanagan Forest Task Force cleaned over 1,400 pounds of garbage from Beaver Lake Road on March 14. (Supplied/Kane Blake)
All Regional District of Central Okanagan residents receiving curbside garbage/recycling collection will also benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks as of March 1, 2021. The program runs until the end of December. (Black Press file photo)

Central Okanagan residents to benefit from yard waste pickup

Will happen every two weeks until end of December

All Regional District of Central Okanagan residents receiving curbside garbage/recycling collection will also benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks as of March 1, 2021. The program runs until the end of December. (Black Press file photo)
A group of Kelowna Yacht Club volunteers fetched six large garbage bins full of garbage from Kelowna’s waterfront, last week. (Submitted - Susanne Young)

Six garbage bags of trash removed from Kelowna’s waterfront

Kelowna Yacht Club volunteers took to the shoreline to clean up the environment

A group of Kelowna Yacht Club volunteers fetched six large garbage bins full of garbage from Kelowna’s waterfront, last week. (Submitted - Susanne Young)
A garbage collection worker suffered a serious injury on an Armstrong route due to improperly disposed hazardous waste items Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Stock photo)

Improper waste disposal leaves Okanagan worker with serious injury

The city’s waste collection contractor has seen two incidents of improper disposal in as many weeks

A garbage collection worker suffered a serious injury on an Armstrong route due to improperly disposed hazardous waste items Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Stock photo)
Okanagan Forest Task Force clean up took place on May 9 along Postill Lake Road

Volunteers cleaning up Postill Lake Road dodge speeding vehicle

Okanagan Forest Task Force removed 29,100 pounds of scrap metal fromthe bush

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