OCC Disposal Ban Consultation

Latest Updates
  • February 2021
    • Public Engagement Commenced
  • March 2021
    • 4 Public Engagement Meetings Scheduled via Zoom
  • April 2021
    • Report and Draft Bylaw Written and Presented to the TNRD’s Regional Solid Waste Steering Committee
  • June 2021
    • Proposed Bylaw Presented to the TNRD Board of Directors for Consideration at the June 17th Board Meeting.

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

The TNRD will introduce its Mandatory Recyclable Material Bylaw No. 2743 in 2021.  The first material to be introduced as a mandatory recyclable and subsequently 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.

Prior to developing the Bylaw, staff conducted four (4) stakeholder engagement (virtual) meetings to hear directly from those that would be the most impacted by such a bylaw.  Those invited to participate included commercial waste haulers, member municipalities and First Nations.  The feedback received was considered in the development of the Bylaw and implementation plan.

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.  

It is essentially a disposal ban on recyclable materials which prohibits recyclable materials in loads destined for landfill.

The Bylaw will apply to only corrugated cardboard initially.  Other recyclable materials will be added to the list of mandatory recyclables in the future.

Cardboard is one of the easiest packaging materials to recycle because it’s easy to identify, it’s generated in large volumes and is easily recycled.  Most residents and businesses have been recycling cardboard for years, however we still see loads of garbage going into the landfill that contain large amounts of cardboard.  This bylaw is a mechanism to require those who are currently still putting cardboard into the garbage bin to recycle instead.

Enforcement will be conducted by designated inspectors.  Landfill staff, such as scale attendants, will not have the authority to issue fines.

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.  If a load contains over 10% corrugated cardboard by volume, a fine may be issued to the hauler.

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.

If a load contains more than 10% cardboard by volume, a fine of 50% of the applicable tipping fee may be imposed.  For example, if a load is 2000kg (2 tonnes), the customer will pay the normal disposal fee of $160.00 ($80.00/tonnes x 2 tonnes) plus receive a fine of $80.00 ($160 x 50%).  The minimum fine is $40.00.  Fine amounts are reduced if paid early (within 30 days).

Enforcement will focus on large commercial and municipal loads.  Inspectors will not be breaking open individual garbage bags to inspect contents.

The maximum allowable threshold will be 10% recyclable content in a load.  The threshold could be further reduced in the future.

Penalties will be determined by the inspector based on total volume by conducting a visual assessment (including photo documentation).  Photos may be used as evidence if a ticket is disputed.

Throughout the region there are several service providers offering comprehensive garbage collection, disposal, recycling and bin rentals.  Businesses are encouraged to contact one of these service providers to learn which disposal options are best suited.

Most TNRD and City of Kamloops disposal facilities have designated bins for recycling cardboard.  For information about these locations, businesses are encouraged to visit www.tnrd.ca or www.Kamloops.ca/landfills.

The following implementation timelines are proposed:
Timing Action
June 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 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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