Annual free waste disposal event cancelled for 2020

Every year the Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) hosts events throughout April and May at all 26 of their solid waste facilities, including the Sun Peaks Transfer Station, where area residents can dispose of their household waste for free.

Photo Jilbert Ebrahimi

The annual events were initially postponed but had to be cancelled this year due to provincial health guidelines that limit large group gatherings to protect people from COVID-19.

In a press release, the manager of environmental services for the TNRD, Jamie Vieira, said they made the decision to cancel the event because it was uncertain how long the restriction on gatherings would last.

Earlier this spring, there was a 10 week period when fees for residential bagged garbage were waived in an effort to physically distance workers and residents. The TNRD said it saved residents nearly $50,000.

Currently, the Sun Peaks Transfer Station is in operation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Sun Peaks site accepts household garbage at no charge, and the recycling of household batteries and other household recyclables are also free, there’s also an option to donate old clothing at no charge. Local businesses can bring in commercial recycling at no charge.

Automotive batteries, commercial and residential yard waste, renovation and construction materials, electronics, scrap metal, propane tanks, furniture, tires, used oil, and wood, etc all need to be taken to the Heffley Creek Eco-Depot where a fee is required.

For more information visit the TNRD website, call them at 250-377-8673, or contact them via email at