News from Kamloops

July 28, 2015

Recycling Strike Update

Kamloops, B.C. – Emterra Environmental, the City of Kamloops’ contractor for processing recyclables, continues to experience a labour dispute resulting in a strike. As a result, the City remains unable to pick up recyclables as part of its weekly collection.

The City apologizes for the inconvenience the lack of recycling services has caused, and hopes for a resolution between Emterra and its union soon.

In the meantime, residents are asked to continue to store their recyclables on their property if possible. Alternatively, small quantities of residential recycling can be taken to the following Multi-Material BC recycling locations, however, all materials must be separated and sorted prior to drop off (i.e. paper, plastic, foam, glass, etc.).

  • Lorne Street Bottle Depot – 270 Halston Avenue
  • General Grant’s Recycling Centers - North Shore – 611 Fortune Drive
  • General Grant’s Recycling Centers - Sahali – 963 Camosun Crescent

While suggestions for refunds on recycling fees have been considered, at this time the City anticipates increased pickups and subsequent costs when the dispute is resolved.  Current recycling fees charged to residents on their utility bills amounts to $33 per year or approximately 63 cents per week. 

The City of Kamloops will continue to monitor the situation. For regular updates, please check For further information on Multi-Material BC Recycling visit their website at

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Media Contact:
Glen Farrow, Streets and Environmental Services Manager
City of Kamloops