Waste & Recycling

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).

CENTRAL SUB-REGION – Balfour, Central (Salmo), Grohman Narrows (Nelson), Kaslo, Marblehead, Ymir Transfer Stations:

# Containers One Two Three >Three Containers
Scaled Facilities
(Balfour, Central, Grohman Narrows)
$3.50 $7.00 $10.50 The greater of $12.50 OR >100kg Loads at $125/tonne
Volume Facilities
(Kaslo, Marblehead, Ymir)
$3.50 $7.00 $10.50 The greater of $12.50 OR the volume charge of $30/m3

WEST SUB-REGION – Ootischenia and Nakusp Landfills, Slocan, Rosebery, Edgewood and Burton Transfer Stations:

# Containers One Two Three Four >Four Containers
Scaled Facilities
(Ootischenia, Nakusp)
$3.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00 The greater of $12.50 OR >100kg Loads at $125/tonne
Volume Facilities
(Slocan, Rosebery, Edgewood, Burton)
$3.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00 The greater of $12.50 OR the volume charge of $30/m3

EAST SUB-REGION – Creston Landfill, Crawford Bay and Boswell Transfer Stations:

# Containers One Two Three Four >Four Containers
Scaled Facilities
$3.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00 The greater of $12.50 OR >100kg Loads at $125/tonne
Volume Facilities
(Boswell, Crawford Bay, Yahk)
$3.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00 The greater of $12.50 OR the volume charge of $30/m3


New Fee Increase Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Why is the price per Container different in the Central Sub-region?

The Central Sub-Region (Balfour, Central [Salmo], Grohman Narrows [Nelson], Kaslo, Marblehead & Ymir facilities) has very high legacy costs associated with the HB Tailings Facility. Further, it does not operate an active landfill, but hosts the busiest Transfer Station in the region (Grohman Narrows), and as a result has some of the highest operating costs for transfer of waste.

2.  Why is the minimum charge $12.50? Why is the Container (Bag) limit set at four?

  • Operating Costs: RDCK has three Landfills, thirteen transfer stations, and 23 Recycling Depots over a very large area, which are expensive to operate. Transferring waste requires trucks, fuel and staff.
  • New infrastructure and services:  RDCK has multiple new projects coming over the next ten years, designed to extend the life of our regional landfill (e.g., composting facilities) which need reserve funds (money in the bank). While these programs cost money, they are far less expensive than siting new landfills.
  • Federal Regulations: The $12.50 Minimum Charge matches the value of the minimum weight (100kg) of garbage we can legally charge by weight (in the East Sub-Region it is slightly more than 100kg of garbage). The Minimum Charge will be applied to ALL RDCK sites for consistent pricing and to discourage new traffic at other sites.

3.  Why doesn’t RDCK just waive tipping fees and pay for everything through taxes?

  • RDCK is committed to a User-Pay system: A tax-funded system does not encourage anyone to recycle or compost; in the long run this reduces the life of our regional landfill.
  • Recycle BC Depots have no tipping fees: They are funded by contributions from the producers of printed paper and packaging such as retailers and taxation. Recyclable materials that are disposed at landfills and transfer stations (e.g., wood and metal) have significantly lower tipping fees, as they are NOT landfilled. 

4.  How can Customers keep their disposal costs manageable?

  • Increase your recycling: Take advantage of the growing number of items that can be recycled at our 22 recycling depots.
  • Home Composting: While a composting processing facility is scheduled for construction in Salmo and Creston, household composting is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to significantly reduce the volume and odours of your waste. There are options for every situation including systems that do not attract animals and are capable of composting meats and kitchen scraps.
  • Bigger disposal are more cost effective: Rather than bringing in small Bags or Containers, maximize the value of your disposals by using 121L Bags or Containers. If possible, bring in larger loads (more than four containers) and pay by weight or volume – those prices have NOT changed. Consider sharing disposal costs with people in your area.

Do you have municipal curbside service? For loads under 100kg, curbside pickup is cheaper than self-hauling, saves time and reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions and traffic at busy sites!

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.

Here is what you need to know about recycling with Recycle BC

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:

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 April 21 2022 at 2:40 PM