Nelson Leafs Recycling Centre

The Nelson Leafs Recycling Centre is the first Eco-Depot in the RDCK.  Located at 120 Silica Street in Nelson (near the Cottonwood Farmer's Market) the depot accepts refundable beverage containers and a wide range of materials managed through product stewardship programs and household hazardous waste (HHW) that is currently not covered by any program. 

Accepted Materials:

Residential materials only - no commercial or industrial materials.
Individual container size limited to 25L.

Encorp / Return-It Electronics 

  • Computer, gaming and home theatre systems
  • Audio equipment and musical instruments
  • TVs and computer monitors
  • Phones, faxes and home office equipment

CESA / Electrorecycle 

  • Air treatment (humidifiers, purifiers, fans)
  • Clocks and timers
  • Floor cleaning (carpet cleaner, vacuums)
  • Garment care (boot dryers, irons)
  • Small appliances (toasters, blenders)
  • Personal care (hair dryer, curling iron)
  • Hand power tools (sanders, drills)
  • Scales (luggage, weight, food)
  • Sewing machines

Product Care / Paints Plus 

  • Batteries
  • Flammables (strippers, thinners)
  • Lighting products
  • Paint
  • Pesticides

BC Used Oil Management 

  • Used motor oil, filters and containers
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive products (brake fluid, transmission fluid)

Household Wastes

  • Acids
  • Adhesives
  • Caustics / corrosives
  • Fuels
  • Mercury
  • Pool / spa chemicals
  • Roofing tar / sealers
  • Thermometers / thermostats


  • Explosives / flares
  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive materials
  • Bio-hazardous waste / sharps
  • Biodiesel / Cooking Oil
  • Compressed gas containers

Bring to an RDCK Landfill or Transfer Station:

  • Asbestos (refer to the RDCK's Asbestos Disposal Guidelines page)
  • (1)Propane Tanks
  • (1)Automotive Batteries
  • (2)Large appliances (including ODS containing such a refrigerators)

(1) Accepted for free at any landifll or transfer station.
(2) Accepted for free at any landfill or transfer station except Ymir or Boswell due to site capacity restrictions.

About this Eco Depot

On October 16, 2019 the Nelson Leafs Recycling Centre launched collection services for used oil, antifreeze, and household hazardous waste (HHW) in partnership with the RDCK. HHW includes almost any material that residents consider to be dangerous or of which they are unsure. Common examples include old cleaners and other products marked as flammable, corrosive or poisonous that could be lurking under sinks and on garage shelves.

With these new services the Nelson Leafs depot becomes the first full-service Eco Depot in the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Oil and HHW will be accepted from 9:00 am – 3:45 pm (PST) every day the depot is open. Residents should talk to an attendant on site before depositing materials and call ahead if they are bringing large volumes.

The content on this page was last updated January 4 2023 at 12:49 AM