OCC Disposal Ban Consultation

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March 2021

Public Consultation Meetings  Scheduled via Zoom (details below)

February 2021

Consultation process started

How can I provide comments on the proposed disposal ban on recyclable material?
  • Contact: recycleright@tnrd.ca or 250-377-2596 or toll free @ 1-877-377-8673
  • Participation in one of four (4) Zoom video conference calls on:




Zoom Meeting ID

Zoom Passcode

Thursday, March 4, 2021


10:00am – 11:30am

999 0937 4708


Thursday, March 4, 2021


2:00pm – 3:30pm

920 1123 3731


Thursday, March 11, 2021



954 3541 3195


Thursday, March 11, 2021

2:00pm – 3:30pm

940 2576 3525



  • One-on-one meetings with stakeholders outside of the Kamloops area can be arranged (in person or conference call)

The TNRD plans to introduce a disposal ban bylaw for recyclable materials in 2021.  The first material to be banned from disposal will be corrugated cardboard.  This bylaw will require all haulers disposing of municipal solid waste at any solid waste facility, including City of Kamloops facilities, to ensure their loads do not contain recyclable materials (cardboard).  

The enforcement of the bylaw will specifically target commercial loads (including municipalities) because they are the largest contributor to the amount of waste generated and represents the greatest potential for diversion.

A key strategy of the TNRD 2018 Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (RSWMP) is increasing diversion in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) sector.  One of the tools to achieve this is the introduction of a disposal ban on recyclable materials.

Prior to bringing a bylaw to the TNRD Board for consideration, staff are consulting with impacted stakeholders.  We will consider all feedback we receive in the final draft of the bylaw and the implementation plan. 

A disposal ban on recyclable materials means a bylaw is adopted which prohibits recyclable materials in loads destined for landfill.

The disposal ban will first apply to only corrugated cardboard.  Other recyclable materials will be added to the list of banned recyclables in the future.

Inspections may occur when loads are dumped at any disposal facility in the TNRD (landfill or transfer station). This includes City of Kamloops landfills and private landfills.

No inspections will take place outside the boundaries of authorized disposal facilities, in other words the TNRD will not be inspecting bins at businesses and residences, only the loads tipped at the disposal facility will be inspected.

Penalties may be issued to the hauler of the load (regardless of where the load originated). It is the responsibility of the hauler to work with their customers to comply with the ban.

Enforcement will be conducted by TNRD staff and/or the TNRD may delegate the authority to enforce this bylaw to site operators or a separate third party solid waste inspector.

The proposed penalty is an additional charge of $80/tonne on the entire load (a doubling of the disposal fee).  For example, if a load was 2000kg the customer would pay the normal disposal fees of $160 ($80/t x 2t) plus an additional penalty of $160 ($80/t x 2t).

The threshold for a fine would be reduced up over the course of the implementation period.  It is proposed that the threshold would begin at 25% recyclable content allowed in the first year of enforcement then reduce to a maximum of 10% recyclable content allowed.  The threshold could be further reduced in the future.

Penalties would be issued based on visual assessment of loads.  In the case of a dispute, loads could be separated and weighed. The customer disputing the penalty would have to separate the material for weighing purposes.

The following implementation timelines are proposed:
Timing Action
May 2021
  • TNRD Board of Directors considers adopting Disposal Ban Bylaw
June – September 2021
  • Public education/communication only
  • No fines issued
October – December 2021
  • Mock ticketing at disposal facilities
  • No fines issued
  • Public education/communication continues
January – May 2022
  • Fines issued for loads containing greater than 25% cardboard
June 2022 – ongoing
  • Fines issued for loads containing greater than 10% cardboard
Fall 2022
  • TNRD Board to consider adding other recyclables materials to disposal ban bylaw

A robust communication/education campaign will be undertaken by the TNRD and the City of Kamloops.  Specific assistance including support materials will be given to commercial haulers to help them communicate directly to their customers.  Examples of support materials that may be provided to commercial haulers include; brochures/rack cards, bin decals/signs, and “Oops” cards for placement on bins with banned materials.

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