Waste Disposal

This page provides information on the following:

What materials are prohibited/banned from RDCK landfills or transfer stations?

The following items are not accepted for disposal at RDCK facilities:

  • Antifreeze
  • Auto Hulks
  • Biomedical Waste
  • CFC/HFC Appliances
  • Free Liquid
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Gasoline
  • Hazardous or Reactive Chemicals
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soil
  • Ignitable Materials
  • Lead-acid Batteries
  • Loads containing materials that are smoldering or on fire
  • Out-of-Area Municipal Solid Waste
  • Paint Products
  • Pesticide Products
  • Petroleum By-products
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Radioactive Waste
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Steel cable that is not cut to 1.25 m lengths, on a spool, or coiled and tied in six places
  • Solvents and Flammable Liquids
  • Specified Risk Material
  • Tight-head Barrels
  • Used Oil
  • Use Oil Containers
  • Used Oil Filters
  • Waste Sharps
  • Such other materials as are designed by the Manager from time to time to be inappropriate for Disposal at a Resource Recovery Facility for environmental reasons related to the safe or efficient operation of the facility

Controlled Waste

Schedule C to Bylaw No. 2524

Material Type

Specifications/
Restrictions

Disposal Facility

Animal feces

(1)  All Facilities
Asbestos - Friable  

(1)(2)(3)(4)(6)

 Landfills ONLY
Asbestos - Non-friable  

(1)(3)(4)(6)

 Landfills ONLY
Asphalt  

(9)

 All Facilities *
Biosolids  

(3)

 Landfills ONLY
Bulky Waste  

(3)(4)(5)(6)

 Landfills ONLY
Concrete  

(9)(12)

  All Facilities *
Condemned Foods  

(1)(6)

 Landfills ONLY

Dead Animals and Parts
[quantities less than 1 container
sized 81 cm x 102 cm (32" x 40") or
121 L (27 imperial gallons)]

 

(1)

  All Facilities

Dead Animals and Parts
[quantities greater than 1 container
sized 81 cm x 102 cm (32" x 40") or
121 L (27 imperial gallons)]

 

(3)(4)(6)(8)

 Landfills ONLY
Dusty Material  

(1)

  All Facilities

Food Processing Waste
[quantities greater than 1.5 m3]

 

(3)(6)(13)

 Landfills ONLY

Fuel Tanks

 

(7)

 Landfills ONLY
Industrial Waste  

(3)(5)(8)

 Landfills ONLY
Infested Vegetation  

(1)(4)

 Landfills ONLY

Landclearing Debris

[quantities greater than 1.5 m3]

 

(3)(6)

 Landfills ONLY
 Large Load  

(8)(10)

 Landfills ONLY
 

Municipal Wastewater Residuals

 

(3)(4)(5)(6)

 Landfills ONLY
 

Noxious Weeds

 

(11)

  All Facilities
Rubble

(9)(12)

 All Facilities *
Waste Soil

(5)(14)(15)

 All Facilities *

*Quantity accepted at transfer stations is restricted. 
See 'Specifications and Restrictions' below.

Specifications and Restrictions

  1. Material must be double-bagged.
  2. Material must be manifested or documented as required by the RDCK and by the BC Ministry of Environment.
  3. 48 hours advance notice must be given to the RDCK prior to Disposal. (The Manager may at his/her discretion permit Disposal with less than 48 hours notice.)
  4. Material must be disposed of at a time designated by the RDCK.
  5. Advance written approval required from the Manager prior to disposal.
  6. Special handling fees apply.Quantities in excess of 1.5 m3 require advance estimate of special handling fees by the Manager.
  7. Tank must be cut open so that the Site Operator or Service Personnel can inspect for liquids.
  8. Material must be accepted at Transfer Stations at the discretion of the Manager with advance notice.
  9. Accepted at Transfer Stations in quantities less than 1.5 m3. Individual pieces must be smaller than 30 cm3.  Maximum three loads per day.
  10. Compact/crushed material may be accepted at Transfer Stations with written approval of the Manager.
  11. Material must be bagged unless otherwise approved in advance by the Manager.
  12. Rebar must not project from the surface of Concrete by more than one foot.
  13. Must not contain Dead Animals and Parts.
  14. Prior to Disposal, a Waste Soil Disposal Application must be submitted to, and approved by the Manager. An application fee of $200 is required for each Disposal request. The application must be accompanied by documents that meet the requirements of the RDCK's Soil Acceptance Policy, including soil analysis information and assurances from a qualified professional. Loads less than 1.5 m3 may be exempt from these restrictions if no signs of contamination are present. The RDCK reserves the right to refuse Disposal of any load of Waste Soil.
  15. Accepted at Transfer Stations in quantities less than 1.5 m3. Maximum of one load per day per customer.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a Controlled Waste as listed in Schedule C to Bylaw No. 2524.

Asbestos is a strong, fire-resistant mineral fibre. Pre-1990, asbestos was commonly used as insulation against heat or noise and for fire protection. It was also commonly added to materials such as cement and plaster to give them more structural strength. Asbestos is classified as friable or non-friable based on the ease with which the fibres can be released into the air. Depending on the type and conditions, asbestos may be a hazardous material. Demolition or renovation of houses containing asbestos-containing material (ACM) can release asbestos fibres, which are extremely fine and can stay in the air for hours. Unprotected workers exposed to asbestos-contaminated air can breathe in the fibres. This may cause serious health problems including lung disease and cancer.

See the document "Asbestos Disposal" [PDF - 319 KB]or more information (the document will open in a new window).

Liquid Waste, Sewage and Septage

The RDCK bans certain materials or special wastes (dangerous and hazardous wastes) that could potentially harm the environment or endanger the safety of the waste disposal facility workers or the public. Liquid Waste such as paint, motor oil and other liquids are banned from RDCK waste disposal and recycling facilities.

Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds (invasive plants) are accepted at no charge at all RDCK Resource Recovery Facilities for disposal. Noxious weeds must be bagged unless advance arrangements are made with the Resource Recovery Manager.

For more information about noxious weeds (invasive plants) please contact the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) at 1-844-352-1160 or visit www.ckiss.ca.

Sewage & Septage Treatment Facility Information

Sewage is defined as untreated municipal liquid waste requiring treatment in a sewage treatment plant. Septage is described as treated septic tank waste which requires drying before discharge.

Septage and Sewage Treatment Plants are owned and operated by member municipalities or villages within the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Below are contact phone numbers to call for the hours of operation or procedures for the municipal facilities. 

West Sub-region
City of Castlegar

(250) 365-7227

Village of Nakusp

(250) 265-3689

Central Sub-region

City of Nelson

(250) 352-9345

Village of Salmo

(250) 357-9433

East Sub-region
Town of Creston

(250) 428-2214

Waste Soil

The RDCK's Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw and Soil Acceptance Policy govern acceptance of waste soil at transfer stations and landfills. Please review these documents before bringing soil to the RDCK for disposal.  Please allow one week for application processing before the expected disposal date.

All Waste Soil disposal requests shall be directed to the RDCK (1-800-268-7325). Acceptable materials are dictated by legislation and RDCK policy. Hazardous Waste Soils are NOT accepted for disposal at RDCK facilities. A Waste Soil Application must be submitted for all soils over 1.5 m3 or any volume suspected of contamination. 

The RDCK shall only accept soils for disposal that are proven to be Waste Soil as defined in the RDCK Soil Policy. 

Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils are not accepted directly by the RDCK. The RDCK has an agreement with an independent contractor for the operation of a private soil treatment facility at the Ootischenia Landfill. Contact Sumas Environmental Services Inc. (1-866-887-8627) regarding Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soil treatment. The rate for treatment and subsequent disposal is $90/tonne, payable to Sumas Environmental Services Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I do if I see someone dumping household waste illegally?

Illegal dumping is a serious offense that affects all of us. When people opt to toss their waste into the bush or other undesirable locations they are trashing your backyard. We all have a responsibility to look after and maintain our environment and we should all take this responsibility seriously.

It is important to include as many details as possible if you are going to make a report regarding an illegal dumping situation. To report illegal dumping at an RDCK landfill or transfer station CALL: 1-800-268-RDCK (7325) or e-mail wastedept@rdck.bc.ca.

If you observe someone littering, dumping household waste, yard & garden waste or other loads of refuse, here are some tips:

  • Record the date, time, location and weather conditions
  • Identify the violator(s) and companions or an accurate description of them
  • Record the vehicle license number and description
  • If you have a camera, take pictures of the evidence at the scene without alarming the violator(s)
  • Call the Ministry of Environment to report littering, illegal dump sites, burn barrels, unauthorized use of a dumpster or dumping chemicals, pesticides, used automotive fluids and other pollutants.
    Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 1-877-952-7277

The Regional District of Central Kootenay requests that you dispose of your household garbage and yard waste in a responsible manner. Illegal dumping is a serious problem that affects all taxpayers in the region. Illegal dumping can attract wildlife, create health and safety hazards and increase the risk of fire.

Q: How do I dispose of used cooking oil and grease?

Cooking oil and grease are not accepted at RDCK facilities.

For more information and a list of participating recyclers contact the Recycling Council of BC Recycling Hotline: 1-800-667-4321.

Q: What is a transfer station?

A transfer station is an intermediate facility in the waste system where local municipalities, residents and businesses drop off their waste in bins. The bins are then transported to the landfill for final disposal.

Q: Can I take items from a landfill or transfer station?

No. Scavenging is prohibited at all RDCK landfills and transfer stations as outlined in our Bylaw.

Q: How can I dispose of my household hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides, solvents & fertilizers, etc.?

Hazardous waste and free liquids are banned from RDCK resource recovery facilities. Call 1-800-667-4321 or www.rcbc.bc.ca to find out where to dispose of these products.

Q: How can I dispose of my old prescription drugs?

The Health Products Stewardship Association of BC manages unused, expired medications. Most pharmacies accept old medications or syringes for safe disposal at no cost to residents. Call your local pharmacy ahead of time to ensure they are participating in the program.

For a complete list of disposal locations contact RCBC at 1-800-667-4321 or visit www.rcbc.bc.ca.

Q: Where can I dispose of drywall?

Drywall is accepted at any of the RDCK landfills or transfer stations at the mixed waste fee. Both residential and commercial quantities are acceptable.

Q: Where can I dispose of drywall containing asbestos?

Drywall containing asbestos is accepted at any RDCK landfill with 48 hours prior notice given to the RDCK. If you are unsure as to the type of asbestos you are dealing with (friable or non-friable) call a professional asbestos removal company. A special removal or transport manifest may be required.

For more information contact the RDCK at 1-800-268-7325 or e-mail wastedept@rdck.bc.ca.

Q: What are the different types of asbestos?

Asbestos materials are classified as either Friable or Non-Friable asbestos.

Non-Friable Asbestos - Non-friable asbestos can only be reduced to a powder by use of a mechanical device or means other than hand pressure, i.e. drilling, sanding, or abrading.This type of non-friable asbestos is typically found in some vinyl/asbestos floor tiles or fume hood linings and ducting in older buildings.

Friable Asbestos - Friable materials are those items which, when dry, can be easily crumbled, crushed or rendered into powder with basic hand pressure. There is a higher element of airborne dust levels in instances of disturbed friable asbestos material. The main areas in a building where one will find friable asbestos are Sprayed Fireproofing, Mechanical Insulation and Texture Coat Finishes.

*Note that this material must be contained in a double bag system; must be manifested or documented as required by the RDCK and by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment; and Forty-eight (48) hours advance notice must be given to the Regional District prior to disposal.*

The content on this page was last updated June 16 2017 at 3:38 PM