Officials with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen have raised concerns about the number of people at landfills, as well as their proximity to each other, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (RDOS photo)

Officials with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen have raised concerns about the number of people at landfills, as well as their proximity to each other, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (RDOS photo)

Stay away from landfills, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen urges

Residents urged to use curbside collection services, stockpile recyclables during COVID-19 pandemic

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is continuing to urge residents to use their curbside collection programs for garbage, recycling and yard waste, and to stockpile other recyclables rather than come to local landfills.

An increase in the number of people visiting the landfill is resulting in people being in close proximity to each other which does not meet the physical distancing requirements mandated by the federal and provincial health officials.

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Everyone at the landfill is required to keep two meters or six feet from other individuals and landfill staff.

Anyone recently returning from another country or feeling sick is required to stay home and not attend local landfills.

Residents should follow the guidance of health officials and self-isolate as directed. Visiting the landfill increases the likelihood of spreading the COVID-19 virus to others.

“We understand people are used to visiting the landfill to drop off recycling and yard waste, but these are unprecedented times,” said Karla Kozakevich, chair of the regional district. “Health officials are asking people to not leave their homes unless necessary. Please do your part to help keep your family and our staff safe.”

Landfills are no longer accepting cash, to help prevent the spread of the virus. Only credit and debit cards will be accepted at this time.

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The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is urging people to practice proper physical distancing, at the landfill and elsewhere, in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (RDOS image)

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is urging people to practice proper physical distancing, at the landfill and elsewhere, in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (RDOS image)