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!

Glass recycling can be done at all Recycle BC depots. All glass collected through Recycle BC depots will be turned into new glass containers or crushed and used in sandblasting.

Recycle BC Depots are 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.

You can also try the Provincial recycling database here: https://www.rcbc.ca/recyclepedia/search or use the Q&A tool below to ask your recycling questions or view the questions / answers from others!

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!

Glass recycling can be done at all Recycle BC depots. All glass collected through Recycle BC depots will be turned into new glass containers or crushed and used in sandblasting.

Recycle BC Depots are 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.

You can also try the Provincial recycling database here: https://www.rcbc.ca/recyclepedia/search or use the Q&A tool below to ask your recycling questions or view the questions / answers from others!

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    Where does bubble wrap packing and envelopes go?

    Cal. asked 20 days ago

    Bubble wrap and fully plastic bubble mailing envelopes go in the Flexible Packaging bins while Paper envelopes go in the Cardboard and Paper Products bins at any Recycle BC Depot (Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford Transfer Stations). The padded mailing envelopes that are paper on the outside and bubblewrap on the inside are not recyclable at this time and should be thrown out with your household garbage.

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    Can I bring cardboard?

    Kaitlyn asked about 1 month ago

    Yes indeed. Cardboard goes in the big green Cardboard and Paper Products bin at any Recycle BC Depot (Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood or Elkford Transfer Stations). Thanks.

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    Where do you recycle old boat gas

    Dianne asked 2 months ago

    Gas can be taken to the Cranbrook Bottle Depot (1125 Industrial Road #3, Cranbrook ) in an approved container.

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    Can individual oatmeal packages, sugar substitute packages and/or packages for tea bags be recycled- either in the blue bin or at the depot?

    Canucknut asked 2 months ago

    These can go in the Paper/Cardboard bin at any Recycle BC depot (Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford Transfer Stations), any Yellow Bin, or any of the municipal curbside programs (Invermere, Cranbrook, Fernie).

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    Broken Magic Bullet.......where can this be recycled, please and thanks.

    Shirley asked 2 months ago

    Small appliances can be recycled through the Electrorecycle program.  Depots in the East Kootenay are located at the Cranbrook Bottle Depot (Mon-Sat 10am-3pm) and Fernie Bottle Depot (Tues-Sat 10am-5pm).  To learn more: https://www.electrorecycle.ca/ 

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    Can bread bag tag clips be recycled?

    Eleanor asked 3 months ago

    Indeed they can. They go in the Containers bin at any Recycle BC Depot, that may seem a little strange, but it comes down to the material they are made of. Rigid plastics will generally go in the containers bin. Thanks.

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    When will the recycling area in the Cranbrook Transfer Station be paved. It turns into a mire when ever it rains and a dust bowl when it dries out.

    Don asked 3 months ago

    Paving of the Cranbrook Transfer Station (and others) was approved in March at the budget meeting. We have the contractor in place and are finalizing the scope and work plan as numerous sites will be paved. We hope to have the work completed by mid-summer and will keep the community advised prior to paving starting.

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    foil ground coffee bags i.e. ground coffee that comes in foil bags can those bags be recycled with pie plates? jar lids?

    Darlene asked 4 months ago

    Those bags go in the 'Flexible Packaging' bin. Thanks.

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    Can I put a clear plastic bag full of shredded paper in the paper bins?

    Ternoways asked 4 months ago

    The shredded paper can go in for sure, but please dump it out of the bag. The bag can then go in the 'Plastic Bags & Overwrap' bin.

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    Where is the closest depot to Fairmont to recycle batteries?

    Nancy asked 4 months ago

    Selkirk Office Supplies, Northstar Hardware and Building (Rona), Invermere Hardware & Building Supply and The Source.