The Regional District of North Okanagan prepared to fine individuals $100 if caught verbally abusing landfill staff amid COVID-19. (RDNO)

COVID-19: $100 fines to curb landfill staff abuse in North Okanagan

RDNO set to fine individuals who disobey the golden rule

People caught abusing landfill staff could face a $100 fine, the Regional District of North Okanagan said Thursday, April 16.

Staff have been keeping the Diversion and Disposal Facilities up and running amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but there have been repeated instances of verbal abuse, yelling and swearing at staff.

Community Services general manager Mike Fox said its “disheartening” that it’s come to this.

“We are prepared to issue $100 fines to people who don’t follow the basic golden rule of treating others with respect,” he said.

“We are all in this situation together and we urge the public to recognize that the people running the facilities are keeping the sites open while also going through the stresses of a pandemic,” Fox said.

“A little bit of patience and kindness is what we all need right now.”

The RDNO has repeatedly reminding people to limit their trips to the landfills to essential trips, such as discarding waste that will rot, stink or attract animals.

The facilities are limiting the number of patrons allowed on site following directives from British Columbia’s top doctor and public health orders regarding social distancing.

Long waits should be expected, the RDNO said, especially because of the limited number.

READ MORE: Lineups to lengthen at North Okanagan landfills

READ MORE: COVID-19: Okanagan firefighters await news on potential self-isolation house


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Petition seeks to clean up Okanagan forests ‘carpeted’ with shotgun shells

Penticton man says making shot-gun shells refundable would create cleaner forests

Eco-friendly bus service seeks to add Kelowna to Osoyoos route

Bus would stop in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Penticton, Kaledan, Oliver, Osoyoos

Kelowna trial date set for Penticton quadruple-homicide

John Brittain’s jury trial will commence on Oct 5, 2020 in Kelowna

Small business owner makes big donation to Penticton Food Bank

Across the country, more people are becoming reliant on food bank’s amid COVID-19

COLUMN: The gentle art of the disagreement

Differing opinions can work as a strength

Video: Okanagan mayors encourage water conservation this summer

Water conservation this summer could be more important than ever, experts say

Enderby’s drive-in not safe from top doc’s 50-car limit

Starlight Drive-In opened with reduced capacity, COVID-19 safety measures in place

Parking lot patios a go in Vernon

Council votes in favour of allowing businesses to expand commercial space into on-street parking spots

Shuswap cabin owner disputes request to stay home in Alberta

Alberta resident redrafts response to CSRD request to stay home

Kelowna’s main drag will be closed to vehicles this summer

Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue will be a pedestrian-only roadway from June 29 through the Labour Day long weekend

Vernon gym knocked out by COVID-19

9Round Fitness in Vernon Square Mall owners announce permanent closure of facility

Snapshot: Distanced dancing in Salmon Arm

Friends use picnic shelter at Blackburn Park for safe practice

Kelowna’s Homebase Baseball Tournament cancelled

A live auction will still take place to raise funds for Joeanna’s House

Kelowna General Hospital Foundation launches fundraising initiative to support local health care

The initiative also highlights workers at Kelowna General Hospital

Most Read