Waste & Recycling
New Transactional Software coming to Landfills and Transfer Stations
The RDCK has purchased new transactional software for the landfills and transfer stations. Read the Information Sheet for more information.
Less is More: Services + Solutions for Reducing Waste
We’ve drafted a new Plan for recycling, composting and landfilling in the RDCK over the course of the next decade. We’re calling it a Resource Recovery Plan, because when 'waste' products can be used for something else, such as growing food, they then become a 'resource'.
New Per Bag/Container Fee Structure
In keeping with rising operating costs and regulatory requirements, there is a NEW FEE STRUCTURE for disposing of Containers (maximum 121 L can/ bin OR maximum 81 cm by 102 cm [32” by 40”] bag).
RDCK has joined Recycle BC
Starting in June and continuing throughout summer 2020 RDCK Recycling Depots joined the Recycle BC (RBC) program. RBC is a Product Stewardship Program mandated to collect and recycle residential printed paper and packaging.
All RDCK Recycling Depots received upgrades to their collection equipment, security and supervision as well as new hours of operation.
All RDCK Recycling Depots are fully operational and now accept new materials including plastic bags and styrofoam. The RBC Depot Guide describes these new materials and the categories they should be sorted in when brought to the depot.
Other recycling services such as bottle depots, electronics and paint return depots have also been affected by COVID-19. These facilities are not operated by the RDCK and it is up to the individual owners to decide to remain open or to close. The Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) and Encorp Pacific (Return-It Bottle Depots) are updating their websites to reflect which facilities are operating at this time.
Refundable beverage containers are acceptable in both curbside recycling collection and in the green bins at RDCK depots but no deposit refund will be provided. Electronics, paint, lightbulbs, batteries and other specialty recyclable items are NOT ACCEPTED in curbside and RDCK depot programs and should be stored by residents until drop-off facilities have reopened.
Overview of Resource Recovery in the RDCK
The RDCK covers a large geographical area and resource recovery services are divided into three sub-regions (East, Central & West). Each sub-region reflects the needs of the local communities. Resource recovery services include waste handling facilities, community recycling depots, materials recovery and environmental education.
The RDCK operates three active landfills:
The RDCK also operates 12 transfer stations:
- Central (Salmo)
- Crawford Bay
- Grohman Narrows (Nelson)
The goal of resource recovery is to educate people to produce less waste and to encourage healthier environments. This can be achieved by following Zero Waste guidelines, think less waste! Reducing, Reusing, Recycling, Recovering and Returning refundable materials all make waste reduction a success.
Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw
The Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw clarifies disposal policies. This Bylaw reaffirms the RDCK's commitment to implementing best practices in resource recovery and has the following general objectives:
- To define material types and waste categories
- To outline site regulations governing public use of Resource Recovery Facilities
- To clearly outline restrictions on Prohibited and Controlled waste materials
- To provide for penalties from contravention of the Bylaw
- To set fees for waste disposal and recyclable materials
The content on this page was last updated September 26 2022 at 4:00 PM