The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) says people have been illegally dumping garbage and verbally abusing staff at the Silver Star Transfer Station since changes came into effect Aug. 1, 2020 (RDNO photo)

Illegal dumping, yelling at staff: problems at North Okanagan waste facility

Regional district says security cameras have been installed at the Silver Star Transfer Station

The Regional District of North Okanagan is imploring the public to use more respect when disposing of waste at the Silver Star Transfer Station

Changes to the waste disposal facility took effect Aug. 1, which include new hours of operation and the introduction of staff at the previously unmanned site.

“What didn’t change was the basic ask to respect one another and not to dump garbage. We all have the responsibility to dispose of the garbage we produce properly,” the RDNO said in a Facebook post Friday, Aug. 14.

Two weeks into the changes, the RDNO says it’s had problems of illegal dumping and verbal abuse of staff.

“Yelling at our contractors and dumping garbage is not going to lead to policy changes,” the RDNO said. “If you’d like an avenue to share your concerns and thoughts, take the official avenues. Email us at solidwaste@rdno.ca.”

Security cameras have been installed at the transfer station to monitor for illegal dumping, the district said while noting that this sort of activity will be reported to the RCMP and Conservation Officers, and can lead to fines up to $2,000.

The RDNO says it received a lot of public input and weighed a number of different opinions in coming up with the existing operational hours, which are as follows:

Winter Peak (Nov. 15 – April 15): Sunday to Friday, 12 – 5 p.m.

Summer Peak (July 1 – Aug. 31): Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 12 – 5 p.m.

Off-Peak (April 16 – June 30 and Sept. 1 – Nov. 14): Sunday and Friday, 12 – 5 p.m.

For information on how to make a trip to the transfer station and more on the Aug. 1 changes, the RDNO has provided a frequently asked questions document.

READ MORE: Changes coming to Silver Star waste transfer station

READ MORE: Vernon pedestrian struck dies from injuries


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Garbage

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

Just Posted

Penticton piano silenced by vandals

The piano has been thrown away but the bench salvaged and at Long Gallery

Two new COVID-19 cases announced in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region is at 533

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm have died of illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Penticton man accused of attacking two young Kaleden boys back in court

Brian Lamb will remain behind bars until at least Oct. 14

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen compost project receives recognition

Federation of Canadian Municipalities names regional district for environmental leadership

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Documentary to celebrate the Shuswap’s music scene

Local initiative to feature several of the region’s artists

Guns seized in relation to southeast Kelowna murder investigation

RCMP seized several firearms from a West Kelowna home on Tuesday

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

Revelstoke source of clue on Jeopardy

The prompt challenged knowledge of both art and wildlife in the area

North Okanagan Literacy Society raises readers

Raise-A-Reader campaign benefits local group’s community programs

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Most Read