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.

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!

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.

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!

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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    We have an expired can of Bear Spray...where can it be disposed of safely.

    Darleen Reid asked 17 days ago

    Bear spray can be dropped off at the household hazardous waste depot at the Cranbrook Transfer Station.

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    Does the RDEK recycle program take plastic lids from pop bottles, vitamin bottles, etc.?

    canucknut asked 10 days ago

    Those lids can be placed in the containers bin at any Recycle BC depot.

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    Does the RDEK recycle program take used cooking oul?

    Nicole asked 23 days 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month ago

    Sadly no.

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    Dark glass with clear glass?

    Gerry asked about 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    Yes, you are correct.

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    What is the charge to dispose of a mattress?

    123 asked 2 months ago

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