The RDCK’s Household Hazardous Waste Roundup events of 2015 are now complete after hosting roundup events in Castlegar, Creston, Kaslo, Nelson, Nakusp and Silverton during September.
The events were a success with over 780 residents dropping off hazardous items such as mercury, flammables, acids, and solvents. Product Stewards also participated in the events, providing an opportunity for residents to drop off items such as paint, oil, electronics and light bulbs depending on the event.
At the six roundup events the RDCK collected:
- 4950Kg of TV’s, computers, and e-waste
- 747Kg of small household appliances
- 3 truck loads of hazardous materials
- Over 8000L worth of paint containers and paint products
- 171 fluorescent tubes and 186 light bulbs
“These roundups are not only important for the environment by keeping toxic and hazardous waste out of our landfills, but they educate residents about product stewardship programs available,” says RDCK Chair Karen Hamling. “By participating in these roundups we are demonstrating to Product Stewards that there is a real need for the depots in our communities. We will continue to lobby Stewards to increase their presence in rural areas.”
If you missed the roundups look for a product stewardship depot near you. For a full list of product steward depots, check out the recycling council of British Columbia’s website at www.rcbc.ca or call 1-800-667-4321.
If you have hazardous items, the RDCK will be holding annual roundups events and new dates will be scheduled for 2016.
The RDCK would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers that helped make the Household Hazardous Waste Roundup events a huge success and all the residents who support our efforts!
For further information, please contact:
Environmental Services Coordinator