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 Athalmer

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!


For 2021/2022 Holiday Hours, Click Here.

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 Athalmer

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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    Can curling irons and hair dryers, mens electric shavers, etc. be recycled?

    Vtwist asked 17 days ago

    Indeed they can, there are collection location located throughout our region. Visit https://www.electrorecycle.ca/ to find the location nearest to you.

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    Can foiled paper be recycled, like butter packaging?

    Nadine asked about 1 month ago

    No, those types of packages would go in your household garbage.
    Thanks.

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    How do I dispose of outdated olive oil?

    Bryan asked about 2 months ago

    Nearby restaurants may have a used oil bin for recycling cooking oil. We recommend calling and asking restaurants if they would be willing to take the small residential volume. 

     

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    Are you again accepting glass?

    Badger6724 asked about 2 months ago

    Due to the flooding on the west coast, Recycle BC is not able to accept glass or Styrofoam at this time. As a result, the Recycle BC Depots at the Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford transfer stations are temporarily unable to accept glass and Styrofoam until further notice. We will be letting the public know as soon as we can accept glass and foam packaging again. Thanks for you patience and understanding at this time.

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    Where can i drop off used oil in eadt kootenay

    Brenda asked 3 months ago

    There is a depot at the Cranbrook Transfer Station and there are several other locations around the East Kootenay, visit https://bcusedoil.com/  for the latest facility information. It is always a good idea to call ahead to the facility you wish to drop it off at to make sure they are still a registered collection facility.

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    Can I bring yard waste to the transfer station in paper bags?

    Nena asked 4 months ago

    Yes, you sure can!  Yard and Garden Waste can be dropped off in paper bags or as-is at transfer facilities that accept yard and garden waste.

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    Are tetra packs for non-juice products - that is those that no deposit was paid on - recyclable? For example, soups packages that come in tetra packs.

    Marty asked 4 months ago

    Yes, they are fully recyclable and go in the Containers bin.  Please make sure they are rinsed out before recycling them.

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    Can brown butcher's paper be recycled (or is the coated side classed as waxed, and therefore not recyclable)?

    Melligan asked 5 months ago

    Yes, as long as it is relatively clean, it can be place in the Paper and Cardboard bin at any Recycle BC Depot.

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    Is baler twine accepted?

    Mumzycee asked 5 months ago

    Baler twine is not accepted for recycling at this time.

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    Where does bubble wrap packing and envelopes go?

    Cal. asked 6 months 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.

Page last updated: 24 December 2021, 12:59