Waste & Resource Recovery

Overview of Resource Recovery in the RDCK

The RDCK is responsible for the landfilling and end-of life management of waste generated in the region. The guiding principle of waste management in the RDCK is Resource Recovery. By working to recover the value imbedded in any waste product, either through re-use or recycling, the RDCK and its partners aim to increase the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental sustainability of waste disposal in our region. 

The RDCK is divided into three sub-regions (East, Central & West). Each sub-region reflects the disposal needs of local communities. Resource Recovery services include waste handling facilities, composting faciltiescommunity recycling depotsmaterials recovery and environmental education.

RDCK Resource Recovery Facilities include:

Landfills
Transfer Stations
Recycling Depots
  • All RDCK Recycling Depots received upgrades to their collection equipment, security and supervision as well as new hours of operation.

Composting / Organic Waste
Disposal Facilities

Less is More: Services + Solutions for Reducing Waste 

We’ve created a new Resource Recovery Plan to guide recycling, composting and landfilling in the RDCK over the course of the next decade.  The Plan is currently awaiting approval from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, but is already informing how the RDCK is managing waste for the long-term.

Organic Waste Diversion

In spring 2022, the RDCK opened a composting facility at the Creston Landfill and began accepting residential and commercial organic waste from the Town of Creston and East sub-region. A second facility is being constructed at the Central Landfill (near Salmo), and will receive organic waste from the West and Central sub-regions. Ootischenia and Grohman Narrows facilities are being upgraded to accept all organic waste. View our Organics Diversion page for more information on organic waste diversion in the RDCK, including construction timelines, tipping fees, and accepted materials. 

New Transactional Software coming to Landfills and Transfer Stations

In July 2022 the RDCK purchased new transactional software for the landfills and transfer stations.  Read the Information Sheet for more information.

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). 

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 October 14 2022 at 2:36 PM