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 in the East Kootenay has changed. Currently, the only viable option for glass recycling is the provincially-regulated Recycle BC program. As a result, all glass recycling can now be done at the Recycle BC depots. All glass collected through Recycle BC depots will be turned into new glass containers or crushed and used in sandblasting. As part of this change, the yellow glass recycling bins around the region are being removed by our contractor.

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 in the East Kootenay has changed. Currently, the only viable option for glass recycling is the provincially-regulated Recycle BC program. As a result, all glass recycling can now be done at the Recycle BC depots. All glass collected through Recycle BC depots will be turned into new glass containers or crushed and used in sandblasting. As part of this change, the yellow glass recycling bins around the region are being removed by our contractor.

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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    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 1 day 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 15 days 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 19 days 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 22 days ago

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

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    Where to recycle nail polish remover

    Margaret asked 21 days ago

    That can be taken to the household hazardous waste depot at the Cranbrook Transfer Station.

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    Can plastic cutlery or straws be recycled at all?

    Km asked 24 days ago

    Sadly no. Those would go in your household garbage.

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    What about clean foil wrap?

    Linda asked 29 days ago

    Clean foil wrap can be recycled at any Recycle BC Depot (Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford Transfer Stations). It goes in the 'Containers' bin. Thanks.

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    Can a plastic rubbermaid colander be recycled?

    Melligan asked about 1 month ago

    Sadly no, Rubbermaid items will need to go in your household garbage.

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    Where in Fernie may I recycle glass?

    Ted asked about 1 month ago

    Container glass can be recycled at the Recycle BC depot at the Fernie Transfer Station.

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    Hi, can the bags that coffee beans and ground coffee come in be recycled?

    Tom asked about 2 months ago

    Indeed. They can be put in the "Flexible Packaging" bin at any Recycle BC location. They are not accepted in the Yellow Bins or municipal curbside systems.