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
  • Invermere Transfer Station - Industrial 1 Rd in Athalmere

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
  • Invermere Transfer Station - Industrial 1 Rd in Athalmere

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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    Does the RDEK recycle program take used cooking oul?

    Nicole asked about 23 hours ago

    No it doesn't.

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    Hi. Can you tell me what I CAN recycle at the Recycle BC bins at the Col. Valley landfill that I CANNOT recycle through the Invermere curbside pick up.

    Merham asked 8 days ago

    Yellow bins accept plastics numbered 1-6 (excluding styrofoam), metal containers and paper and cardboard products. The Recycle BC Depots accept a wider range of plastics, flexible packaging, plastic bags and overwrap, milk cartons, styrofoam (both white and coloured), glass containers, foil and almost countless other materials. For a more comprehensive list check out our Recycle BC brochure or visit https://recyclebc.ca

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    Can I recycle black styrofoam meat trays?

    Wacoba77 asked 12 days ago

    Indeed you can. They go in the coloured/printed styrofoam bin. Make sure to give them a rinse.

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    Can I recycle parchment paper

    Christy asked 22 days ago

    Sadly no.

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    Dark glass with clear glass?

    Gerry asked 26 days ago

    You bet. All colours of glass go into one bin at  any Recycle BC depot or Yellow Bin.

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    Are Pringle’s cans, and any cardboard/tin combination containers recyclable? Nestea powdered drink mixes etc?

    Alana asked about 1 month ago

    Indeed they are. These would go into the Containers bin at any Recycle BC location.

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    categories on downloaded material & description pages -- is everything on an individual page deposited in the same bin? eg: Other flexible plastic packaging: stand-up, crinkly, flexible w/plastic seal --- all in the same bin?

    pinch asked about 1 month ago

    Yes, you are correct.

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    What is the charge to dispose of a mattress?

    123 asked about 1 month ago

    If you return mattresses to the Columbia Valley Landfill or Cranbrook Transfer Station, there is no charge.

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    For Fernie curbside, are literally the only plastic bags accepted grocery bags from a grocery store checkout? Produce bags, bread bags, etc. aren't accepted? For Fernie and other places with curbside, could you create a version of the Yes/Nope list (which is great!) with the items accepted in curbside highlighted?

    Matthew asked 7 months ago

    Grocery bags are the only UNMARKED plastic accepted in the curbside system in Fernie. All plastics numbered 1-6 are also accepted in the curbside program - so if your bread bags, produce bags, etc. have a number between 1 and 6 on them, they are accepted in the curbside. If they have no number on them, they cannot go in the curbside (however, you could collect them separately and take them to the Recycle BC Depot at the nearby Fernie Transfer Station as they can all be taken there).

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    How do I recycle shedded paper, can it go loose into the bin or does it need to be bagged? If it needs to be bagged does the bag need to be clear?

    Chris asked about 2 months ago

    If you are taking it to a Recycle BC Depot (at one of our staffed transfer stations), shredded paper should be placed in the Paper and Cardboard Products bin. If you transport it in a plastic bag, the bag cannot go in that bin (it can be re-used or placed in the Plastic Bags and Overwrap bin).  

    Shredded paper is also accepted in the yellow bins; however, we encourage residents to use the Recycle BC Depot nearest them if possible. If you are using a yellow bin, it can be placed in a plastic shopping bag to contain it (or larger clear bag if a recyclable shopping bag is too small) as these bins are hand sorted.