Garbage

Bears have been seen around Salmon Arm recently, in some cases getting into residents’ city food waste bins. The city asks residents to keep the bins in closed buildings and not put them out until collection day. (File photo)

Thwarted by tough lid, hungry bear in the Shuswap takes whole garbage can

Several bear sightings around Salmon Arm, city urges residents to keep food waste in closed buildings

 

A bear cub was seen eating garbage in Vernon’s Harwood area Friday, May 27, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Bear cub feeding from Vernon garbage bin prompts call to take extra care

Wise Wildlife Control shared tips for keeping bears away from properties

 

A bear cub was seen eating garbage in Vernon’s Harwood area Friday, May 27, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Bear cub feeding from Vernon garbage bin prompts call to take extra care

Wise Wildlife Control shared tips for keeping bears away from properties

 

Bear runs across Kane Road in Glenmore. (Facebook)

Bear activity in Central Okanagan a concern for conservation officers

‘Securing attractants is the single best way to keep people safe, and avoid unnecessary killing of bears’

Bear runs across Kane Road in Glenmore. (Facebook)
City of Salmon Arm parks and facilities employee Dave Dollack removes a full garbage bag from one of the city’s eight-foot deep garbage cans. (Barb Brouwer photo)

False teeth, cell phones, wallets and other items retrieved from Salmon Arm trash cans

City bins often being used for disposing household garbage

  • May 16, 2022
City of Salmon Arm parks and facilities employee Dave Dollack removes a full garbage bag from one of the city’s eight-foot deep garbage cans. (Barb Brouwer photo)
The Okanagan Forest Task Force cleaned up an abandoned encampment near Big White (Kane Blake/Submitted)

‘I’ll have to go back with a chisel’: huge mess at abandoned homeless camp near Big White

Kane Blake said that he isn’t surprised by anything he finds dumped anymore

The Okanagan Forest Task Force cleaned up an abandoned encampment near Big White (Kane Blake/Submitted)
View of a stockpile at the facility on Vye Road.

Toxic chemicals discharged from Abbotsford waste facility into fish-bearing creek

Company responsible is under contract with the City of Abbotsford

View of a stockpile at the facility on Vye Road.
A burnt trailer and other garbage was found in the North Okanagan backcountry off Noble Canyon Road. The Okanagan Forest Task Force said they will clean up the mess Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Stacie Coyle/Facebook)

Okanagan Forest Task Force to remove burnt trailer from Noble Canyon

A burnt trailer, abandoned fifth wheel and piles of garbage were found littering the backcountry

A burnt trailer and other garbage was found in the North Okanagan backcountry off Noble Canyon Road. The Okanagan Forest Task Force said they will clean up the mess Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Stacie Coyle/Facebook)
Sicamous’ mayor and council expressed frustration over the ongoing littering by the Sicamous Husky Travel Center. (District of Sicamous photo)

‘They’re still pigs’: Sicamous council frustrated by littering around local truck stop

Councillors discuss options including signage, bylaw enforcement

Sicamous’ mayor and council expressed frustration over the ongoing littering by the Sicamous Husky Travel Center. (District of Sicamous photo)
While it's not out of the realm of possibility, Salmon Arm currently has no plan to add glass to its curbside recycling collection program such as what recently rolled out in the North Okanagan. (File photo)

Glass recycling pickup returns to Okanagan

But don’t get caught on Santa’s recycling naughty list

While it's not out of the realm of possibility, Salmon Arm currently has no plan to add glass to its curbside recycling collection program such as what recently rolled out in the North Okanagan. (File photo)
Now that's a lot of cardboard: Over the Christmas long weekend two extra large bins weren't enough to contain all the cardboard from presents and holiday gifts Ponoka and area residents. On the Monday, Dec. 28 this panorama photo shows the downtown recycle depot was full of cardboard to be recycled.
Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Cardboard collection could stack up in North Okanagan due to highway closures

Residents may be asked to store cardboard if a closure or service interruption occurs

Now that's a lot of cardboard: Over the Christmas long weekend two extra large bins weren't enough to contain all the cardboard from presents and holiday gifts Ponoka and area residents. On the Monday, Dec. 28 this panorama photo shows the downtown recycle depot was full of cardboard to be recycled.
Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
A bear and cubs got into some garbage in Oyama, near the Okanagan Rail Trail Sept. 1. (Bryn White photo)

Okanagan community petitions to be bear smart

‘Our community is facing considerable safety issues at our local school bus stops, roads and streets, and our backyards’

A bear and cubs got into some garbage in Oyama, near the Okanagan Rail Trail Sept. 1. (Bryn White photo)
The new 240-litre sized trash cans in Vernon for automated pick-up have been getting mixed reviews to the point Vernon council voted unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 7, to purchase smaller bins which residents can request. (Contributed)

Vernon purchasing smaller garbage bins, after new size trashed

City’s new automated program uses 240-litre size bins, which some residents say are much too big; city to buy 120-litre size bins

The new 240-litre sized trash cans in Vernon for automated pick-up have been getting mixed reviews to the point Vernon council voted unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 7, to purchase smaller bins which residents can request. (Contributed)
The new trash cans in Vernon aren't getting very good reviews from residents who say they are too big. (Contributed)

New garbage cans trashed by Vernon residents

Waste collection bins too big for many households, particularly seniors’

The new trash cans in Vernon aren't getting very good reviews from residents who say they are too big. (Contributed)
A bear snacks on garbage in Lake Country Sunday, July 18, prompting reminders to keep your garbage locked up so fed bears don't become dead bears. (Bob Vinek photo)

Bear snacks on garbage in Okanagan

Residents reminded that leaving garbage out can lead to a $230 fine

A bear snacks on garbage in Lake Country Sunday, July 18, prompting reminders to keep your garbage locked up so fed bears don't become dead bears. (Bob Vinek photo)
COVID-related trash is washing up on shorelines across the world, including Coldstream’s Kal Beach, as pictured in this May 2021 photograph. (Jennifer Smith - Black Press)

Shoreline cleanup finds COVID-related trash increased during height of the pandemic

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup reports litter from single-use food packaging nearly doubled

COVID-related trash is washing up on shorelines across the world, including Coldstream’s Kal Beach, as pictured in this May 2021 photograph. (Jennifer Smith - Black Press)
The Sicamous United Church Thrift Shop’s drop off area is frequently left in disarray, with items dropped off after hours that end up being taken to the landfill – at the church’s cost. (Contributed)

Volunteers frustrated with Sicamous thrift shop being used as a dump

United Church board chair said issue has been going on for more than a decade

The Sicamous United Church Thrift Shop’s drop off area is frequently left in disarray, with items dropped off after hours that end up being taken to the landfill – at the church’s cost. (Contributed)
Empty bottles litter Kal Beach in early May 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Trucks with loose litter trashing Okanagan roads

One city looks at costly cleanup program, and alternatives

Empty bottles litter Kal Beach in early May 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A bear was spotted wandering around Van Kleeck in Armstrong Monday evening. (Lance Skoreyko photo)

No bears euthanized yet, despite increased North Okanagan sightings

Residents reminded to lock up garbage so bears don’t have to be put down

A bear was spotted wandering around Van Kleeck in Armstrong Monday evening. (Lance Skoreyko photo)
A discarded couch lies in the bush beside Bulman Road. (Contributed)

Illegal dumpers should ‘grow up,’ says Kelowna woman who found couch on roadside

Bulman Road resident spotted couch, used toilet paper and a plethora of other litter along the road

A discarded couch lies in the bush beside Bulman Road. (Contributed)