UNDER CONSIDERATION: Curbside Collection of Food Scraps and Garbage in parts of Electoral Areas

Check out this presentation introducing the Potential Food Scraps/Garbage Curbside Service.

Curbside collection of food scraps, for Creston, Castlegar and Nelson residents is expected to begin in 2022.  The collected material will go to new composting facilities being built at Creston and Salmo.  As these three municipalities represent only 33% of households in the RDCK, the RDCK Board has directed staff to consider setting up a regional curbside garbage and food scraps collection service for electoral areas and smaller municipalities that request the service.  This potential service could expand curbside collection to over 80% of RDCK households, which in turn would increase waste diversion and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

Roughly one-quarter of what we throw away is food, which generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas, when decomposing in a landfill. What a waste!  Especially when you consider that food scraps can be recycled into useful compost.   Many urban and rural communities throughout BC now have curbside collection programs for food scraps, in addition to providing a curbside garbage collection service.

We would like your input on this idea. View our Newsletter for more information on what is being considered. 

To see if you live in an area that’s been identified as a potential collection service area, click on the map of your electoral area below. Not sure which electoral area you live in? – Refer to the map of the RDCK.

The suggested collection areas shown in all of the maps are only roughly defined. Additional areas outside of these boundaries may also be considered, pending future infrastructure development. Your feedback will help us determine where there is interest.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers.  Have more FAQs other than those listed below?  Please email us at RRP@rdck.ca.

  1. What is Organic Waste?
  2. What are Food Scraps?
  3. Which areas of the RDCK would get this service?
  4. How do I know if I am in the potential service area?
  5. I think am outside the potential service area but would be interested in a curbside service. How can I show my interest?
  6. I live in a municipality.  How does this affect me?
  7. If curbside collection service is started, would everyone in my community be required to have the service?
  8. I am a seasonal resident.  How will this impact me?
  9. What about businesses?
  10. How much would it cost
  11. What are the benefits?
  12. What would the service look like? / How would a collection service work?
  13. When would a new collection service start?
  14. What if I don’t want it?
  15. How can I have my opinion heard?
  16. What about Recycling collection?
  17. Where would the food scraps go to be composted?
  18. Would I get the finished compost back?
  19. What about the local private waste collection companies?
  20. What about bears, racoons, and other wildlife?


The content on this page was last updated July 28 2021 at 9:57 AM