Garbage collection disrupted in rural areas of Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

Snow and ice have affected service on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Snowy weather has disrupted garbage collection service in the rural areas of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

A news release from the regional district stated that because of the ice and snow, garbage collection has been affected for those homes scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collection.

Trucks may arrive early, be delayed or not be able to collect at all.

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Rural communities affected include Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Naramata, West Bench, Upper Carmi, Keremeos, Cawston, Hedley and Olalla.

If materials are not collected by the afternoon on the scheduled collection day, residents are asked to bring their materials back in. This will help reduce animals getting into garbage and recycling.

Missed garbage and recycling will be collected next week from all streets missed this week.

In the rural regional district, Penticton and Summerland, residents can contact Waste Connections of Canada at 250-490-3888, 250-498-4888 or toll free 1-866-998-4888. When leaving a message, please include your home address and contact information.

A number of vehicle incidents have been reported across the regional district because of unsafe roads.

The wet heavy snow has turned to ice in many areas. Garbage trucks are much heavier and less stable than small cars or trucks. Safety of the drivers and the public is a priority.

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