Mandatory Recyclable Bylaw

Bylaw No. 2743

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Materials: Implementation

Public Engagement Opportunities

Public Meetings

Meetings will take place via Microsoft Teams.

This is an opportunity for you to provide feedback on this updated disposal ban bylaw, as well as to share ideas, comments, and ask TNRD staff questions about the coming update.

If you are unable to attend any of these meetings and would like to provide feedback directly, please email the TNRD at, or call us at 250-377-2596.

Public Survey

Members of the public can participate in an online survey to provide their feedback on Mandatory Recyclable Materials Bylaw No. 2793. This survey is open until 11:59 pm on October 17, 2023. To take this short survey, click here, or click on the button below.

How can I learn more or provide feedback on the new bylaw?

Mandatory Recyclables Banned from Disposal in Regional Solid Waste Disposal Facilities

Residential and commercial loads of refuse will be penalized if a single item listed below if observed in the load:

Enforcement of Bylaw No. 2743 will apply to both commercial loads and residential loads (including self haul customers).  In addition to most people already recycling these materials, the opportunities to recycle these materials locally are widely available in TNRD member municipalities and at regional solid waste disposal facilities.

Prior to presenting a report and draft bylaw amendment to the Regional Solid Waste Management Committee, staff will conduct four virtual engagement meetings to hear directly from the general public and specifically from those who feel they will be most impacted by this bylaw.  Feedback received will be considered in the development of the bylaw amendment and the implementation of the bylaw.

Key strategy of the TNRD 2018 Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (RSWMP) is increasing diversion, implement disposal bans and increase awareness to and participation in provincial Extended Producer Responsibility initiatives.  This bylaw amendment effectively introduces and maintains these strategies.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is a disposal ban which prohibits recyclable materials from being landfilled.

The Bylaw applies to corrugated cardboard and listed EPR materials.  Other recyclable materials, may be added to the list of mandatory recyclables in the future.

The TNRD plans to add recyclable materials that are regulated by the Province of British Columbia’s Recycling Regulation.  These materials have province wide take back programs and are accessible at most TNRD disposal facilities, private depots in TNRD Member Municipalities and at the City of Kamloops Mission Flats Landfill.

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 TNRD staff and bylaw officers. Disposal facility 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 also includes City of Kamloops landfills and private landfills. If a load contains more than 10% corrugated cardboard by volume, a fine may be issued to the customer.  Or, if a load contains any of the listed EPR regulated materials, a fine will be issued to the customer.

No inspections will take place outside the boundaries of authorized disposal facilities. This means that 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 one of the listed EPR regulated materials, a fine of $65.00 will be applied.

If a load contains more than 10% cardboard by volume , a fine of 50% of the applicable tipping fee will be imposed.

Fine amounts are reduced if paid within 30 days.

Enforcement will focus on all commercial, municipal and residential loads.  Inspectors will not be breaking open individual garbage bag to inspect contents.

The maximum allowable threshold for old corrugated cardboard will be 10% recyclable content in a load. The threshold could be reduced in the future, and communication would precede any proposed change.

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

Throughout the TNRD, there are several service providers offering comprehensive garbage collection, disposal, recycling and bin rentals.  There are also several businesses that are registered collectors with provincial stewardship agencies that take back the listed EPR materials.  The public is encouraged to contact one of these service providers to learn which disposal options are best suited.

If approved by the TNRD Board of Directors, the ban on the listed EPR materials :

April – May 2022
  • Public education/ communication only
  • No fines issued
June – August 2022
  • Mock ticketing at disposal facilities
  • No fines issued
  • Public education/ communication continues
September 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 has been undertaken by the TNRD. 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
  • Letters of support from the TNRD for haulers to issue to customers who do not comply with the bylaw

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