Free disposal days are coming soon, according to Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
A free disposal day (FDD) will be held at Clearwater Eco-Depot on Saturday, May 5.
On Sunday, May 6, it will be the turn of the other disposal sites in the North Thompson Valley: Agate Bay Transfer Station, Blue River Eco-Depot, Louis Creek Eco-Depot, Eagan Lake Transfer Station, Vavenby Transfer Station and Little Fort Transfer Station.
During a free disposal day residents may bring one free load per household to their local eco-depot or transfer station. One load is defined as a maximum of one eight-foot pickup truck box or one eight-foot trailer.
Residents can save money on materials normally charged disposal fees for such as cooling appliances, tires on rims, mattresses, demolition or construction waste, wood waste, roofing shingles and household garbage.
As an added service, sites that normally accept only bagged household garbage and recycling will also accept furniture, mattresses, scrap metal, tires on rims, and small loads of demolition or construction waste.
Residents are reminded to tarp and secure loads before leaving home. Unsecured material is a hazard and fines can be issued.
Free disposal days have been offered to residents of the TNRD since 2011. For the past two years the TNRD has successfully hosted them at all transfer stations and eco-depots.
Last year over $58,000 in tipping fees were waived as part of the FDD’s. In addition to lost tipping fee revenue, the TNRD incurs costs due to an increased number of attendants required at each event.
Time to get rid of hazardous materials
Hazardous waste roundups will be held on Saturday, May 12 in Merritt and on Saturday, June 2 in Kamloops.
Household hazardous waste (HHW) is material labelled when sold as corrosive, poisonous, ignitable or toxic. Examples include adhesives, paint thinners, chemicals, cleaners, mercury, antifreeze, herbicides, pesticides, paint, oils and gasoline. These materials should never be put into the garbage.
During the hazardous waste roundup, residents are welcome to bring these hard to dispose of items to the event nearest them for safe and environmentally friendly disposal.
In recent years, the TNRD has scaled back these events because the full-service TNRD eco-depots now accept most items commonly brought to the HHW events, such as paint, oil, antifreeze, and household cleaners.
The products accepted at TNRD eco-depots are set by the provincial product stewardship programs, which means that some household hazardous products are not accepted year round at TNRD sites. For this reason the regional district continues to host two or three HHW events per year.
The HHW events are for residential waste only. Business and commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted.