Saturday, March 2, 2013

Press Release - Fire at RDNO Recycling Facility, 116 Birnie Road

Posted Saturday, March 2, 2013

Late Friday night, March 1, 2013 a fire destroyed the Regional District of North Okanagan’s (RDNO) material recovery facility (MRF) to the point that it is currently not usable. This facility received all of the RDNO’s Blue Bag Recycling Program material (approximately 100 tonnes per week) for processing and marketing and also approximately 5,000 tonnes per year of commercial recyclable material.

The entrance to the Greater Vernon Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) is not compromised and the RDF will remain open as usual. With the smoke still rising from the fire, those with respiratory ailments should postpone their trips to the RDF.

Other options for recycling at this time are Interior Freight and Bottle Depot in Vernon and the RDNO’s other two RDFs in Spallumcheen and near Lumby:

Interior Freight and Bottle Depot – 4205 24th Avenue
Open Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Armstrong/Spallumcheen RDF – 3367 Powerhouse Road
Open Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lumby RDF – 221 Trinity Valley Road
Open Thursday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Arrangements are being made with other recycling businesses to take the material until the RDNO can either rebuild or finalize a contract with another recycling facility. “This is very unfortunate for the 30 plus employees of Bluewater Project Inc and Venture Training who have been providing the processing services for the RDNO for over 10 years” stated Patrick Nicol, Chair of the RDNO Board of Directors, “We are relieved that no one was injured in this fire.”

Blue Bag collection services will continue as usual; however, some temporary stockpiling of material (paper, cardboard, plastics and tin) may be required until more permanent arrangements can be made.

For further information, please call the RDNO at  250-550-3700 . 


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