Recycling in the RDEK

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The Recycle BC program is an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Program aimed at printed paper and packaging. It is funded by producers, like retailers and manufacturers that supply packaging and paper product to BC residents, keeping the costs away from homeowners. By opening Recycle BC Depots, the RDEK is classified as a collector, and gets paid per tonne directly from Recycle BC for all materials collected at the Depots.

The benefit to residents is that the Recycle BC Depots take all the same materials as can go in the yellow bins - plus over 76 additional items! PLUS, the RDEK gets paid per tonne collected (we have to pay per tonne for all materials collected in the yellow bins). It saves your taxpayer dollars and you can recycle WAY more...it's a win, win!

Recycle BC Depots are now open at the following locations:

  • Cranbrook Transfer Station - 2405 22nd St N
  • Kimberley Transfer Station - 800 Jim Ogilvie Way
  • Cranbrook Bottle Depot (non RDEK Recycle BC Depot) - 1125 Industrial Rd. #3
  • Fernie Transfer Station - 6000 HWY 3
  • Elkford Transfer Station - 6 Inkaneep Rd
  • Sparwood Transfer Station - 1001 HWY 3
  • Columbia Valley Landfill - 1875 Windermere Loop Rd

In addition, there is now a Regional Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Cranbrook Transfer Station.

  • To view or download information on the new Recycle BC Depots: click on the "Recycle BC Depot Guide" in the document library.
  • For more general information on how to recycle things outside the Recycle BC program (such as oil, electronics, household hazardous wastes and medications): check out the "Recycling Directories" links in the Document Library.


The Recycle BC program is an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Program aimed at printed paper and packaging. It is funded by producers, like retailers and manufacturers that supply packaging and paper product to BC residents, keeping the costs away from homeowners. By opening Recycle BC Depots, the RDEK is classified as a collector, and gets paid per tonne directly from Recycle BC for all materials collected at the Depots.

The benefit to residents is that the Recycle BC Depots take all the same materials as can go in the yellow bins - plus over 76 additional items! PLUS, the RDEK gets paid per tonne collected (we have to pay per tonne for all materials collected in the yellow bins). It saves your taxpayer dollars and you can recycle WAY more...it's a win, win!

Recycle BC Depots are now open at the following locations:

  • Cranbrook Transfer Station - 2405 22nd St N
  • Kimberley Transfer Station - 800 Jim Ogilvie Way
  • Cranbrook Bottle Depot (non RDEK Recycle BC Depot) - 1125 Industrial Rd. #3
  • Fernie Transfer Station - 6000 HWY 3
  • Elkford Transfer Station - 6 Inkaneep Rd
  • Sparwood Transfer Station - 1001 HWY 3
  • Columbia Valley Landfill - 1875 Windermere Loop Rd

In addition, there is now a Regional Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Cranbrook Transfer Station.

  • To view or download information on the new Recycle BC Depots: click on the "Recycle BC Depot Guide" in the document library.
  • For more general information on how to recycle things outside the Recycle BC program (such as oil, electronics, household hazardous wastes and medications): check out the "Recycling Directories" links in the Document Library.

Have a question about what goes where? Want clarification on recycling?  Leave your question here and we will get it answered as quickly as we can!

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    Microwave disposal - Where? I'm in Kimberley

    John asked 8 days ago

    You can take your old microwave to the Cranbrook Bottle Depot (1125 Industrial Road 3) for recycling. Thanks.

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    I’m wondering what to do with old empty paint cans and not seeing much info. I don’t want to put them in the garbage if they recyclable and vice versa since they have our name on them.

    HY asked 14 days ago

    That all depends on which area of the RDEK you live in. You can find recycling guides for each are by visiting https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/recycle and scrolling through the document library in the right hand column. In these guides you will find details about many of the extended producer programs that are offered throughout the East Kootenay, from electronics, to tires, to paint.

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    Is there anywhere in Cranbrook I can take my glass jars other than the transfer station

    Maggie asked 11 days ago

    If you are wanting to recycle your glass jars, the place to take them is the transfer station.

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    where do we recycle glass in Cranbrook now that the recycling bins near the pool have been removed? the transfer station does not have any bins for glass, so just wondering is there anywhere else? thanks

    ann asked 16 days ago

    At the Cranbrook transfer station there are glass bins between the two sea cans (shipping containers) at the far end of the big green bins.

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    I couldn’t see tetra paks on the list?

    S asked about 1 month ago

    Tetra packs can go in the Containers bin at the Recycle BC depots. Thanks.

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    With regards to plastic recycling.....where does all the plastic from BC go to be recycled? I had heard it went all the way to China ......that sounds rediculous to me so I thought I would ask the source for an answer. This would be pop bottles , water bottles ,packaging...etc Thanks for doing a great job

    Geoffrey asked about 2 months ago

    Hi, and thanks for the question.

    Here is what happens to the plastics collected through the Yellow Bin Program and the Recycle BC Depots we operate:

    Yellow Bins (collected and marketed on behalf of RDEK under contract by GFL): 

    • sold to Merlin Plastics in BC, who process both post-consumer and post-industrial plastics into pellets or flakes (depending on type). We collect numbers 1-6 in the yellow bins.  Once they are pelletized or flaked, the plastics industry uses the product to manufacture new products. Some of the items that our plastics get turned into: plastic bottles for a range of food and consumer products such as shampoo and detergent; pipes; fibre-fill for pillows, comforters, sleeping bags; carpets; ski jacket fill; cases (like cd covers); garden potting pots.

    Recycle BC Depots accept a much wider range of plastics and they are processed as follows:

    • Plastic containers and plastic bags and overwrap collected remain in BC, with a local end-market in Metro Vancouver that processes this material into pellets that can be manufactured into new packaging and other products. The contractor is Merlin plastics and 99% of the plastics go here.  
    • Foam packaging is recycled locally in Metro Vancouver and overseas. Styrofoam that goes overseas (which accounts for 1% of the total plastics) is sent to Malaysia to a company where it is used in the production of picture frames. Recycle BC has visited the company and verified its end use.
    • Other Flexible Plastic Packaging is collected as part of a research and development project to determine how best this material can be recycled. During this time, material that is unable to be recycled will be recovered and produced into engineered fuel.

    Every municipality/regional district will have a different program and we hope this helps you understand how your plastics are handled here. The Recycle BC program is regulated by the BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, is audited by a third party, and produces annual reports detailing its activities.

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    What about recyclables bagged in plastic bags and placed in the yellow bins? Should the items be placed loose in the yellow bins?

    Linda asked 2 months ago

    In both the Yellow Bin system and the Recycle BC program, materials should be placed in loose, not contained in plastic bags. Thanks.

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    How much food contamination is acceptable? Particularly, for pizza boxes, which often are clear of solid foods but covered in grease.

    Kim asked 3 months ago

    For the Recycle BC program grease stains are okay, but solid chunks of food are not acceptable.

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    Can I recycle the plastic/foil packages that my contact lenses come in? Do I need to separate the foil top completely from the plastic bottom? What about the contact lenses themselves? I know they should not be flushed but are they garbage or recyclable?

    Newbie asked 4 months ago

    The contact lenses themselves are garbage. If you can separate the foil from the rigid plastic, then please do and put them both in the Containers bin. If you can't separate the foil from the plastic (like with pill or gum blister packs) then it would be garbage.

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    Does Cranbrook transfer station also have a salvage shed as do other Kootenay municipalities?

    Erie Annie asked 5 months ago

    Yes, the Cranbrook Transfer Station has a Reuse Centre for household items.

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    What about envelopes with plastic windows? And is the envelope glue recyclable? Or really any mixed materials such as stickers on bread bags or aluminum foil wrap, etc.

    jdrux asked 5 months ago

    Window envelopes are fine to go into the Paper/Cardboard bin at a Recycle BC Depot as well as in any Yellow Bin or municipal curbside pick-up (Fernie/Invermere). If you can remove the sticker from the bread bag, great, if not you can still put it in the Plastic Bags/Overwrap bin at a Recycle BC Depot (not accepted in Yellow Bins or municipal curbside). Aluminum foil with stickers would be the same thing, if you can remove it, great, if not, still throw it in the Containers bin at a Recycle BC Depot (not accepted in Yellow Bins or municipal curbside).


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    I’m hearing a lot about the “Yellow Bin Program” vs the “Recycle BC” program. We have grey bins in Fernie that get collected in front of our houses. Is this part of the “yellow bin program”? Are we supposed to stop using our weekly grey bin pickup?

    jdrux asked 5 months ago

    The municipal curbside pick-up in Fernie goes in to the same stream as the Yellow Bins. The Recycle BC Depots are a new program that can collect a greater variety of materials. There has been no change to the Fernie curbside program, or the Yellow Bin system.

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    Can I recycle old speakers? I.e. from sound system

    Bev asked 5 months ago

    Indeed you can. In the Elk Valley you can take them to the Fernie Bottle Depot. In the Cranbrook/Kimberley area you can take them to the Cranbrook Bottle Depot. in the Columbia Valley you can take them to the Invermere Bottle Depot.

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    Where can I recycle furnace filter

    Mary asked 5 months ago

    At this time furnace filters can't be recycled in BC.

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    I am wondering were our recycling is going......who is the end user? I want to feel reassured our plastic recycling will not be sold to the highest bidder overseas and then end up in the ocean.

    Claudette asked 5 months ago

    Here is what happens to the plastics collected through the Yellow Bin Program and the Recycle BC Depots we operate:

    Yellow Bins (collected and marketed on behalf of RDEK under contract by GFL):

    • sold to Merlin Plastics in BC, who process both post-consumer and post-industrial plastics into pellets or flakes (depending on type). We collect numbers 1-6 in the yellow bins.  Once they are pelletized or flaked, the plastics industry uses the product to manufacture new products. Some of the items that our plastics get turned into: plastic bottles for a range of food and consumer products such as shampoo and detergent; pipes; fibre-fill for pillows, comforters, sleeping bags; carpets; ski jacket fill; cases (like cd covers); garden potting pots.

    Recycle BC Depots accept a much wider range of plastics and they are processed as follows:

    • Plastic containers and plastic bags and overwrap collected remain in BC, with a local end-market in Metro Vancouver that processes this material into pellets that can be manufactured into new packaging and other products. The contractor is Merlin plastics and 99% of the plastics go here. 
    • Foam packaging is recycled locally in Metro Vancouver and overseas. Styrofoam that goes overseas (which accounts for 1% of the total plastics) is sent to Malaysia to a company where it is used in the production of picture frames. Recycle BC has visited the company and verified its end use.
    • Other Flexible Plastic Packaging is collected as part of a research and development project to determine how best this material can be recycled. During this time, material that is unable to be recycled will be recovered and produced into engineered fuel.

    Every municipality/regional district will have a different program and we hope this helps you understand how your plastics are handled here. It is important to understand the CBC Marketplace story was focused on one-time-business sales,  does not reflect the public recycling programs of regional districts/municipalities or provincially regulated EPR Programs (such as Recycle BC) and is misleading. The Recycle BC program is regulated by the BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, is audited by a third party, and produces annual reports detailing its activities.



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    DVD/CD cases, are they recyclable ?

    ron asked 5 months ago

    These can go in the Containers bin at Recycle BC Depots (Cranbrook Transfer Station, Kimberley Transfer Station, Columbia Valley Landfill, Fernie Transfer Station, Elkford Transfer Station and Sparwood Transfer Station (opening March 2, 2020)).

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    can I recycle old carpet Kimberley B.C

    malc asked 5 months ago

    At this time there are no carpet recycling facilities in the East Kootenay.

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    Hello, I am wondering about plastic caps, from things like milk jugs and pop bottles etc.

    HL asked 5 months ago

    Plastic and metal caps from pop bottles, milk jugs, jars, etc can all go into the containers bin.

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    for things like aluminum foil, vaccuum seal plastic and chip bags do they need to be cleaned?

    HL asked 5 months ago

    They should be rinsed out, they don't need to be perfect, but they also shouldn't be gross. I hope this answers your question.

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    are waxed cardboard milk containers placed in the containers bin?

    gayle asked 5 months ago

    You bet! Milk cartons go in the containers bin along with all milk substitutes and products in the square tetrapak cartons (often square with a white lid on top).  Ice cream cartons, and hot/cold beverage cups (like Tims and Starbucks) also go in the containers bin.

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    what can i do with paint cans

    bhosking asked 5 months ago

    All paint and aerosol paints in the Elk Valley should be taken to the Fernie Bottle Depot.

    All paint and aerosol paints in the Columbia Valley should be taken to Rona – Invermere (410 Borden Street) or the Invermere Fire Department (Hours: Tuesday 7:30pm-9:00pm and Sunday 10:00 am-2:00pm).

    All paint and aerosol paints in the Cranbrook and Kimberley area should be taken to the Cranbrook Bottle Depot (1125 Industrial Rd #3).

    Containers must be sealed in paint containers and clearly labeled. If paint cans are dried out and there is no liquid left, the cans can go in the garbage.


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    Can I drop off old paint at the transfer station?

    Suzanne asked 5 months ago

    Household paint and aerosol paint goes to the Cranbrook Bottle Depot at 1125 Industrial Rd #3 as it is part of a provincial stewardship program.

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    I am not sure your are reaching your goal. I would think that was to reduce the amount of waste going into the environment and not so much on the getting paid for waste. The "glass" bin at the site near the back of the Mount Baker school is full, overflowing and many different types of articles are all over the ground there. It is difficult, for me, to go to the recycling center by the Cranbrook transfer station and wait to get into the congested area and sort 7 different baskets for 2 large households (14 bins) and walk to those deposit bins. I don't have a porch or shed that will hold 7 different bins for 7 different categories of recycling. The number of yellow bins around town, and especially for our rural area near town, are missing, non-existent or not coming forward. I was told in a phone call that more would be placed, especially in the rural areas around town. The trend is not driving us toward the recycling center with the congested area but to the yellow bins (which are overflowing) or putting all our recycling in our garbage and not recycling. I also have some reservations about driving people onto school property to use those bins for safety reasons. Maybe a few more yellow bins in public areas and more cleanout and cleanup at the site back of the Mount Baker School?

    dit Proulx asked 5 months ago

    Our goals as a region in terms of recycling is indeed to reduce the amount of waste that we landfill by accepting so many new materials we are definitely moving in that direction. Through the Recycle BC Depots we are able to divert well over 76 new products that were destined for the landfill, these include styrofoam, many forms of plastic packaging and milk cartons.

    The Yellow Bins around the region are monitored very regularly by both RDEK staff and our contractors, however sometimes they fill up faster than they can be emptied. We appreciate that the public finds alternate bins when the Yellow Bins are full, and understands that we are doing our best to empty them in a timely manner.

    For sorting materials that you wish to take to the Recycle BC Depots we have heard of many different set-ups that people have developed as each household is indeed unique. The majority of recyclables generated by an average home will go into either the paper/cardboard bin or the containers bin, so we suggest having a good sized box or container set aside for each of those categories. For your flexible packaging we suggest using a good sized zippered bag and stuffing it full. Do the same with the plastic bags/overwrap materials, take a bread bag or shopping bag and fill it up. Set aside your glass containers the same way as you always have. As for styrofoam, most homes don’t generate a lot of styrofoam waste, but when you do just set it aside. While pre-sorting at home isn’t required (we have tables at the transfer stations to sort on), it will make your drop-off simple and fast.

    When you refer to the site behind Mount Baker we aren't quite sure which site you are referencing, but we assume it is the one in the Memorial Arena parking lot, if we are incorrect, we apologize.

    We appreciate your feed back on these concerns and we are continually adjusting our processes to make our recycling programs the best that we can.


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    Are there plans to implement household composting?

    Jennifer asked 6 months ago

    We are now beginning more detailed planning for a regional composting program as our application for two-thirds funding was approved by the province through the Organics Infrastructure Program.

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    There is no address on your latest brochure as to where the transfer station is. If you really want people to engage, why is this?

    LAVERNE asked 5 months ago

    That was a mistake on our part. We have updated the brochures going forward.

    The Recycle BC Depot addresses are as follows:
    Kimberley Transfer Station 800 Jim Ogilvie Way
    Columbia Valley Landfill 1875 Windermere Loop Rd
    Cranbrook Transfer Station 2405 22 St N
    Fernie Transfer Station 6000 Highway 3
    Elkford Transfer Station 6 Inkaneep Rd (opening February 18)
    Sparwood Transfer Station 1001 Highway 3 (opening March2)


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    How can a person who does not have a car recycle responsibly?

    asked 5 months ago

    Within the municipalities any Yellow Bin is available to the public (as long as they aren't behind a locked fence). Every grocery store has one nearby, so there is the possibility of bringing your recycling with you on your grocery trips. As well all of the schools have Yellow Bins that are open to the public.

    Utilizing neighbours and friends and offering to help them with their recycling trips also works well, especially if you want to utilize the Recycle BC Depots.

    If your municipality does not currently offer curbside recycling, make sure to let your council know that this is something that you would support.

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    Where do I dispose of smoke detectors in Cranbrook?

    Kim asked 6 months ago

    In Cranbrook, smoke detectors can be taken to:

    • Home Hardware - 1901 McPhee Road
    • Cranbrook Bottle Depot - 1125 Industrial Road #3
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    Do you have a brochure that states what items are recyclable and where they can be taken for recycling?

    Jeanette Oddy asked 6 months ago

    Yes. If you look under the Document Library on this page, you can download two key documents:

    1. Recycle BC Depot Basics - this brochure tells you what can be taken to the new Recycle BC Depots (which are for printed paper and packaging).
    2. Recycling Directories - you will find a recycling directory for your area with information on where a wide range of recyclables can be taken (including everything from paint to medications).
    If you would like to have copies sent to you, please email lduczek@rdek.bc.ca with your name and address and we can get you what you need.
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    Is there a spot to recycle household cleaners?

    Lisa asked 6 months ago

    Household cleaners that can't be used up can be taken to the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the Cranbrook Transfer Station (located at 2405 22nd Street North - just behind Lordco).  As you enter the site, you will cross the scale and down to your right. You'll see the HHW shed at the end and you can leave them on the table for staff.

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    Where can I take my shredded paper to recycle in the Fernie area and can it go into a plastic recycle bag to contain it?

    frustrated asked 6 months ago

    Shredded paper can go in a yellow bin and can be placed in a plastic shopping bag to contain it (or larger clear bag if a recyclable shopping bag is too small).  Once the new Recycle BC Depot opens at the Fernie Transfer Station on Feb 3, it can also go in the paper/cardboard bin there (and the plastic bag could then be recycled in the bags/overwrap bin on site).

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    Are you sure about the frozen juice container answer "they go in the plastic/metal containers? they are more cardboard than anything and it can be separated from the metal top and bottom,

    Joe asked 6 months ago

    Yes - they go in the containers bin.  The way spiral bound cans is processed has changed and is not the same as straight paper or cardboard fibre.  As a result, all spiral bound cans for things like frozen juice concentrate, potato chips, cookie dough, coffee, etc. go in the containers bin.  You will soon see some changes to the signage to help add clarity (we are just waiting on the new signs to arrive).


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    Can rubber yoga mats be recycled?

    Leanne jones asked 6 months ago

    Unfortunately not at this time and should be placed in the garbage if they are no longer usable.  If you purchase a new one, the packaging it comes in (usually clear plastic wrap) can be recycled at any Recycle BC Depot.

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    Into which new category do spiral wound cans like frozen juice containers go? Also Is there an updated printable sheet of the categories like the one sent out by email last year? I see there's a new sort for milk cartons.

    Confused in the columbia valley asked 6 months ago

    Great question! They go in the Plastic/Metal Containers bin (for all plastic & metal containers).  We will be publishing an updated guide in the next two weeks as there has been a slight update in the way cartons/hot & cold beverage cups are processed.  We are waiting for the signage and once it is in place - we will be posting and distributing updated guides.  Feel free to check back to this site in a week or two!  If you are in the RDEK's email group, it will also be emailed out as soon as it is ready.

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    I saw a CBC Marketplace investigation that tracked recycling from GFL to a waste to energy facility. I see the bright green GFL bins popping up around the RDEK. Does any of the RDEK recycling being handled by GFL go to a waste to energy facility?

    Darby asked 6 months ago

    Here is what happens to the plastics collected through the Yellow Bin Program and the Recycle BC Depots we operate:

    Yellow Bins (collected and marketed on behalf of RDEK under contract by GFL):

    • sold to Merlin Plastics in BC, who process both post-consumer and post-industrial plastics into pellets or flakes (depending on type). We collect numbers 1-6 in the yellow bins.  Once they are pelletized or flaked, the plastics industry uses the product to manufacture new products. Some of the items that our plastics get turned into: plastic bottles for a range of food and consumer products such as shampoo and detergent; pipes; fibre-fill for pillows, comforters, sleeping bags; carpets; ski jacket fill; cases (like cd covers); garden potting pots.

    Recycle BC Depots accept a much wider range of plastics and they are processed as follows:

    • Plastic containers and plastic bags and overwrap collected remain in BC, with a local end-market in Metro Vancouver that processes this material into pellets that can be manufactured into new packaging and other products. The contractor is Merlin plastics and 99% of the plastics go here. 
    • Foam packaging is recycled locally in Metro Vancouver and overseas. Styrofoam that goes overseas (which accounts for 1% of the total plastics) is sent to Malaysia to a company where it is used in the production of picture frames. Recycle BC has visited the company and verified its end use.
    • Other Flexible Plastic Packaging is collected as part of a research and development project to determine how best this material can be recycled. During this time, material that is unable to be recycled will be recovered and produced into engineered fuel.

    Every municipality/regional district will have a different program and we hope this helps you understand how your plastics are handled here. It is important to understand the Marketplace story was focused on one-time-business sales,  does not reflect the public recycling programs of regional districts/municipalities or provincially regulated EPR Programs (such as Recycle BC) and is misleading.  The Recycle BC program is regulated by the BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, is audited by a third party, and produces annual reports detailing its activities.



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    Hello, I am glad that you now accept more categories of materials for recycling but find it difficult to organize my recycling to match the bins that are available. If I'm reading your website correctly there are 7 categories of recycling. So I can organize my home recycling bins and save time at the depot, can you tell me which categories can go in the same bins? Below I've listed the categories I pulled from your website. Thank you. 1. COLOURED/PRINTED STYROFOAM 2. WHITE STYROFOAM 3. PLASTIC BAGS & OVERWRAP 4. PLASTIC & METAL CONTAINERS 5. GLASS CONTAINERS 6. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 7. PAPER & CARDBOARD PRODUCTS

    Jason asked 6 months ago

    There are many different ways to sort - but here are a couple of approaches that we have found helpful:

    System 1 - put a cardboard divider in a regular rectangular recycling bin

    • Place all paper/cardboard on one side and containers on the other (both plastic and metal). This will be the bulk of your recycling.
    • Use a reusable bag or a second bin for styrofoam, glass and flexible packaging (you can easily drop these items in the bins from one container as they do not generally add up as quickly as the other two categories). 
    • You can also stuff a plastic bag with all your plastic bags/overwrap and just drop it in the right bin.

    System 2 - keep two large bins and a couple of smaller bins set up in an area like a garage / utility closet

    • larger bin for paper/cardboard/fibre
    • larger bin for containers (plastic and metal)
    • small bin for Styrofoam - you can separate into the right totes on site
    • small bin for glass
    • small bin for flexible packaging - with a bag for plastics / overwrap (keep bags and overwrap in the bag and just drop the whole thing in the plastic bag/overwrap tote on site)

    We will be posting some videos in mid-February with tips and ideas for sorting - so check back next month for more ideas.  In the meantime, if you come up with a system that works well for you, please let us know so we can share it!

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    Where can I recycle printer cartridges near Fernie?

    Newbie asked 6 months ago

    Fernie Stationers will take ink cartridges for recycling. They are located in Suite D - 591 2nd Avenue. You can phone ahead at 250-423-3610.  If you are in Cranbrook, Staples at the Tamarack Mall has convenient bins located just inside their main doors and is an easy drop off location as well.

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    can #1 and #6 plastics go into yellow bins

    confused asked 6 months ago

    You bet! As long as plastics are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 they can go in the yellow bin.  Each piece must be marked (for example a peanut butter jar will have a different type of plastic used in the container and the lid (so both the container and the lid would need to be numbered.  One other quick note - Styrofoam is a #6 plastic and will be marked #6; however, it is NOT recyclable in the yellow bins (it IS recyclable in all Recycle BC Depots).

    #7 container/packaging plastic, unmarked plastics (those with no lids), zippered pouches, and things like bread bags, ziploc bags, snack bags, chip bags and tubes cannot be recycled in the yellow bins - but can go to the Recycle BC Depots.

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    recycle rotisserie chicken bag

    none asked 6 months ago

    As long as the bag is totally plastic, it should be rinsed and can be taken to your nearest Recycle BC Depot and placed in the tote marked "flexible packaging."  Recycle BC Depots are located at the Cranbrook and Kimberley Transfer Stations, Columbia Valley Landfill, and Cranbrook Bottle Depot. Depots will be opening soon in the Elk Valley.


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    Please tell me where to recycle 2 litre wax /plastic? cartons for orange juice etc. in Kimberley. Can they be recycled or are they considered garbage?

    Pat asked 6 months ago

    Cartons (milk, orange juice, soup, beverage) can be recycled at the Kimberley Transfer Station in the Recycle BC Depot.  We have just been advised of a slight change in the way they are processed, so they should now go into the bin marked plastic and metal containers (as opposed to the paper/cardboard bin).  Thank you for the great question!

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    What do you do with shredded paper?

    Lindy asked 6 months ago

    Shredded paper can go to any Recycle BC Depot (it goes in the paper/cardboard bin).  It is also accepted in the yellow bins; however, we encourage residents to use the Recycle BC Depot nearest them if possible.

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    where to recycle alkaline batteries

    pescado asked 7 months ago

    It depends on where you live in the East Kootenay - here are some locations:

    • Columbia Valley - Invermere Home Hardware, Selkirk Cellular/Office Supplies, Rona Northstar Hardware, The Source, Invermere
    • Elk Valley - City of Fernie Aquatic Centre, The Source (Fernie), Fernie Bottle Depot, Sparwood Communications, District of Elkford office, Save-On Foods Fernie/Sparwood
    • Cranbrook/Kimberley - Cranbrook Photo, RDEK office,  Staples, Cranbrook Bottle Depot, The Source, Home Hardware, Cranbrook Transfer Station, Kimberley Transfer Station, Telus (on Warren), Kimberley Save-On Foods
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    It has been brought to the attention of our community that black garbage bags are being tossed into the yellow bins. Is this ok?

    Trudy asked 6 months ago

    Great question!  Black garbage bags should NOT be placed in the yellow bins or any other recycling program.  They are garbage. You can always empty the bag into the yellow bin when you get there and reuse it.  The other issue with black garbage bags in yellow bins, is the next person comes and sees a garbage bag and throws their garbage bag full or garbage in.  Please keep all garbage bags out of the recycling - as the name implies, they should be used for garbage.

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    Does everything have to be washed ie: bacon packages plastic wrap from meat trays etc

    Patricia asked 7 months ago

    Plastics, tin cans and any packaging with residue should be rinsed.  This has always been the case, and applies to all recycling (not just the new Recycle BC Depots). 

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    Hello Can you please advise where the recycling products are sent for processing? To another region? Thank you. Jay Nelson, Cranbrook BC

    Jay Nelso asked 7 months ago

    You bet!

    Both the yellow bin materials and the Recycle BC materials that are collected in the East Kootenay initially go to Cranbrook for processing and shipment.  Here is a breakdown of what goes where in each program.
     
    YELLOW BIN INFORMATION:
     
    In 2018, 3522 metric tonnes of cardboard were shipped and sold to Tacoma or Portland (there are occasionally other places that take some of our loads; however, these two locations are the primary ones for cardboard).  100% of what we ship goes to market – meaning no loads are baled, shipped and then landfilled. All corrugated cardboard and boxboards are included. 
     
    In 2018, 1689 metric tonnes of newspaper and mixed paper were sold at market. Longview has been our primary location; however, there have been other plants that we have used based on availability and demand. All mixed papers are part of the program, and the processing occurs after the product is sold, so I can’t speak to Longview’s process in more detail other than they and their parent company produce paper and packaging and our fibre is used in that production.
     
    In 2018, 231 metric tonnes of plastic were sold to Merlin, who processed both post-consumer and post-industrial plastics into pellets or flakes (depending on type) and .  We collect numbers 1-6 in the yellow bins.  Once they are pelletized or flaked, the plastics industry uses the product to manufacture new products. I can give you a list of some of the items that our plastics get turned into: plastic bottles for a range of food and consumer products such as shampoo and detergent; pipes; fibre-fill for pillows, comforters, sleeping bags; carpets; ski jacket fill; cases (like cd covers); garden potting pots.
     
    Soft drink containers are separated out and returned to Encorp to be captured in the BC Beverage system. Other tin and metal cans are baled and shipped to Ontario. In 2018, 71 metric tonnes were sold.  Again, once they are sold to a processor, I can’t speak to their process for separation; however, can tell you the materials are used in manufacturing of mixed-product metals like chicken wire fencing and batting cages.
     
    100% of the beverage glass collected through the bottle depot system goes to Airdrie Alberta where it is crushed and later sent for processing into the following: pink insulation, mixed into road/sign paint to make it reflective or sold bulk to be sprinkled on wet paint, and mixed with sand to be used in golf course sand traps (if you ever noticed how beautiful and sparkly golf course sand traps are, that’s why!). Our yellow bin glass for many, many years also went to Airdrie; however, the continued contamination and tighter markets eventually led Airdrie to no longer accept our loads. As a result, we have been using the glass on site until we can find another market for it (which is where the Recycle BC Depot opens up a new option so we encourage people to take their glass to the Recycle BC Depot). 
     
    RECYCLE BC DEPOTS
     
    The materials collected in the Recycle BC Depots go to different markets than our yellow bin materials. Here is where they go at this time:

    • Plastic containers and plastic bags and overwrap collected remains in BC, with a local end-market in Metro Vancouver that processes this material into pellets that can be manufactured into new packaging and other products. The contractor is Merlin plastics and 99% of the plastics go here.
    • Glass is shipped to Abbotsford to be processed into new bottles and to Quesnel to be made into sandblast materials.
    • Metal containers are sold to end-markets in BC, Ontario and the United States and can be recycled into new packaging, like aluminum cans, and sheet metal for automotive manufacturing.
    • Paper collected is sold to end-markets overseas, in the United States or in BC and is made into things like egg cartons, boxes, and other paper products.
    • Foam packaging is recycled locally in Metro Vancouver and overseas. Styrofoam that goes overseas (which accounts for 1% of the total plastics) is sent to Malaysia to a company where it is used in the production of picture frames. Recycle BC has visited the company and verified its end use.
    • Other Flexible Plastic Packaging is collected as part of a research and development project to determine how best this material can be recycled. During this time, material that is unable to be recycled will be recovered and produced into engineered fuel. 
    The opening of the Recycle BC Depots not only is providing residents with additional options, but it provides an opportunity to drive recyclables into the provincially regulated EPR program where there are stringent requirements for recycling and managing those products through end-of-life.


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    What is "flexible packaging" and how is it different than "plastic bags and overwrap?"

    7 months ago

    1. Plastic Bags - include any pure plastic bag (so it doesn't have a zipper for example). Grocery bags, produce bags, the bags that hold frozen peas and corn (with no zipper) are examples of plastic bags.

    2. Overwrap - is any plastic that goes OVER products. For example, the wrapping over toilet paper, paper towel, flats of pop, etc. is overwrap.

    3. Flexible packaging includes types of film and flexible plastics that often have multiple layers of different types of plastic. They often have a zipper or a crinkly-feel and a good rule of thumb (though not perfect) is that if it TOUCHES food, it's likely in the flexible packaging category. If it has a zipper, it's also flexible packaging.

    There are five main sub-categories of Flexible Plastic Packaging. The categories and examples are included below:

    Stand-up and Zipper Lock Pouches

    • Zipper lock pouches for frozen foods like prawns, berries, prepared food, etc.
    • Zipper lock bags for fresh foods like grapes, berries, deli meat, etc.
    • Stand-up pouches for baby food, hand soap refills, etc.
    • Stand-up and zipper lock pouches for things like dried fruits, granola, sugar, oatmeal, quinoa, dish detergent pods, grated cheese, etc.

    Crinkly Wrappers and Bags

    • Bags for potato chips, candy, dried pasta, cereal, etc.
    • Wrappers for cheese slices, snack bars, instant noodles, etc.

    Flexible Packaging with Plastic Seal

    • Packaging for fresh pasta, pre-packaged deli meats, pre-packaged cheese, etc.

    Woven and Net Plastic Bags

    • Net bags for avocados, onions, oranges, lemons, limes, etc.
    • Woven plastic bags for rice, etc.

    Non-food Protective Packaging

    • Padded protective plastic like plastic shipping envelopes, plastic air packets, bubble wrap

    CLICK HERE to view photos of acceptable flexible packaging.


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    How Does Using the Recycle BC Depot Save Money?

    7 months ago

    The Recycle BC Depots are part of an Extended Producer Responsibility Program (EPR) that is regulated by the Province.

    By setting up approved Recycle BC Depots, the RDEK is classified as a Collector. That means that we are PAID per tonne for all recyclables that we collect at these Recycle BC Depots. The amount we are paid varies depending on the volume of recyclables we collect, in our first few months we are averaging between $80 and $120 per tonne.

    By contrast, the RDEK has to pay for every tonne we collect through the Yellow Bin Program.

    The more recyclables we can divert to the Recycle BC Depots, the more money it will save taxpayers. Plus, you can recycle over 76 additional items at the Depots. Better service at a cheaper price...it's a win, win.


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    I heard I have to sort my recyclables in this new system. That seems like it's going to take me way longer and I don't have room to store all these different bins.

    7 months ago

    For more than 20 years, we've had the yellow bin system - where we put all our accepted recyclables (paper, cardboard, tin/aluminum cans, grocery bags and plastics #1-#6) into one bin.

    Recycle BC does require some sorting of recyclables; however, once you get used to the new system, it is very easy to do and doesn't necessarily require much - or any more - storage depending on the system you already have in place at home. 

    Everything that is accepted in the yellow bins currently goes into the two larger bins at the Depot: paper/cardboard and plastic and metal containers. So, if you set up your bin at home to keep paper/cardboard on one side, and plastic/metal on the other, it's easy to put each side in the appropriate bins.

    The other "sheds" at the Recycle BC Depot take white styrofoam, printed styrofoam, flexible plastics, plastic bags & overwrap and glass.  NONE of these are accepted in the yellow bins and represent new opportunities to recycle.  Other than glass, they also don't take up much space and are typically a smaller portion of your recycling each week. You can keep an additional bin or plastic bag and easily drop these items in the appropriate tote on site. AND, if you stuff a plastic bag with your "extra items" - you can just toss the bag in the bags / overwrap bins when you're done!

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    What is a Recycle BC Depot?

    7 months ago

    Over the years, the recycling regulations in the Province have evolved to require producers of recyclable products to be responsible for the recycling and end-of-life management of those products.

    Many people will be familiar with some of the older Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs for things like tires, oil and electronics, where you pay an eco or environmental fee at the store when you buy. That fee is intended to support a system for that product to be recycled and managed through the end of its life. One of the newer EPR programs is aimed at printed paper and packaging. It is managed by Recycle BC and the eco-fees are charged directly to the producers rather than consumers. 

    It is very important to understand that this is a new option and a totally separate program from the yellow bin system. People will have to use the Recycle BC Depot if they want to access these new recycling opportunities as we do not have access to the same markets through our yellow bin system.

    Recycle BC Depot are now open at the Kimberley Transfer Station, Columbia Valley Landfill and Cranbrook Bottle Depot.  A new Depot opens at the Cranbrook Transfer Station December 10th and in the Elk Valley in early 2020.






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    Can I take apart an expired car seat and recycle the plastic and metal and styrofoam at the Cranbrook Transfer Station? Is there any other way to recycle an expired car seat?

    Amanda asked 4 months ago

    A child seat is mostly made of plastic and though some plastics can be recycled, what can and cannot be recycled changes often. Currently, child car seats are not included in a provincially regulated recycling program in BC.

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    Where do I dispose of empty paint cans? Kimberley area. Thanks.

    Caroline asked 4 months ago

    If they are truly empty, they go in the garbage, if they still have unused paint in them, they can go to the Bottle Depot at 1685 Warren Ave, Kimberley.

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    I'm wondering if coffee pouches made of shiny plastic or lined with foil can go into the containers bin?

    Sherry asked 3 months ago

    Coffee bags that are all plastic (the shiny lining is a mylar plastic) go in the Flexible Packaging bin, coffee bags that are a paper outer with plastic lining cannot be recycled.

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    Can I put photograph prints in the paper recycling?

    asked 3 months ago

    Sadly, no, photographic paper cannot be recycled.

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    Wondering about shredded paper if that can be put in with other cardboard paper products??

    Tp asked 4 months ago

    Yes, shredded paper indeed should be placed in the Paper and Cardboard Products bin. Please note that if you transport it in a plastic bag, the bag cannot go in that bin (it can be re-used or placed in the Plast Bags and Overwrap bin).

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    Soft covered books

    Phil asked 3 months ago

    Soft cover books should be taken to a thrift store or re-use centre. If they are totally beat, they would go in the trash. Soft (and hard) cover books can't be recycled in the Yellow Bins or the Recycle BC system.