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.

The following depots had their current green bins removed at the end of June and will NOT re-open under the RecycleBC program: Kitchener, Lower Kootenay Band, West Creston, Wynndel and Gray Creek.  

All depots will have new hours of operation under the new program which can be found on the 'Where Can I Recycle?' page. 

Update: RDCK Recycling Depots has joined RecycleBC

A new depot recycling service began in the summer of 2020. RDCK recycling depots launched under the RecycleBC (RBC) program.

RBC is a non-profit organization with a mandate to collect and recycle residential printed paper and packaging. Many other areas of the province operate depots through the RBC program and the curbside recycling programs in Nelson, Castlegar, Nakusp, Kaslo and parts of Electoral Areas H, I and J are also part of the RBC network.

RBC designates recycling depots as Core or Satellite locations. Core depots must collect all RBC’s category types, however due to the additional hauling costs and space restrictions at many sites only the three main categories of recycling will be accepted at satellite depots: paper & cardboard, plastic & metal containers, and glass.

Core depots are supported by RecycleBC and will accept the full range of materials. Satellite depots are sites that RBC would not guarantee support for but the RDCK decided to operate at its own expense to maintain recycling services in those areas. Space is often limited at Satellite depot sites so for now these sites will accept only the three main categories of recycling:  paper & cardboard, plastic & metal containers, and glass. These usually account for the majority of people’s recycling so more regular trips to the depot can be completed at satellites while Styrofoam, plastic bags and other plastic films should be saved for trips to the nearest core depot.

The new depot program will improve compatibilty and convenience for users and  accept all materials that are collected at the curb plus plastic bags, Styrofoam, mix material bags (chips, etc.) and glass. These materials will be collected in separate streams to reduce contamination and ensure they are effectively recycled into new products. Depots will also receive upgrades to their collection equipment, security and supervision. Some locations will have new hours of operation to accomodate these changes.

More information about the RecycleBC program and the changes coming to RDCK depots can be found in the FAQs: RecycleBC Depot Program.

For more information please visit FAQS:  COVID-19 and RDCK Waste Facilities.

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. 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. 

Recycling in the RDCK

Did you know that up to 60% of your household waste can be diverted from entering landfills just by recycling and composting? Recycling programs are available to all residents in the Regional District of Central Kootenay for materials such as glass food & beverage containers, tin & aluminum cans, newspaper, cardboard, plastic containers and mixed paper.

Putting your household waste on a "Waste Reduction Diet" involves the 5 "R" approach:

  • Reducing your consumption of resources
  • Reusing your resources
  • Returning your resources and
  • Recycling
  • Recovering 

Visit our composting page for information on how you can produce valuable material from your household organic waste.

For more information on Recycling please call: Recycling Council of British Columbia toll free at 1-800-667-4321 OR visit their website at

How does the RDCK divert waste?

Recycling doesn’t end at your local depot. Your Regional District is committed to finding more opportunities to divert waste from entering the landfill.  When you visit a local landfill or transfer station you will soon discover that we too recycle and compost! All our facilities are sort-sites, meaning that if a material can be recovered or recycled we make sure that it is separated and recycled or re-used.

The benefits of recycling are endless!

  • Reduces unnecessary waste
  • Reduces consumption of resources
  • Reduces your disposal costs
  • Reduces landfilling costs and extends landfill life
  • Recovers non-renewable resources

Zero Waste

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Board has directed staff to incorporate Zero Waste and Zero Pollution as long terms goals in the RDCK's Resource Recovery Plan.  A Zero Waste and Zero Pollution philosophy is the foundation of the Resource Recovery Plan and guides all of our future actions and policies.

What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste means many things but one thing is common, Zero Waste promotes a future without the need for landfills. Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary. It is intended to encourage people to think more about a circular flow for materials rather than a linear one. With this mindset in place, all discarded materials are considered to be resources that still have use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, and to conserve and recover everything. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all negative discharges to land, water or air that may be a threat to human or environmental health. Achieving Zero Waste will require everyone's support and participation.

Our Achievements

50% Target Met - In 1998 the Regional District of Central Kootenay successfully reduced the volume of residual waste heading to landfill by 50% compared with 1990's figures. Only a small handful of regional districts managed to meet that target. We were one of them.

Reuse Centres - The majority of our waste handling facilities have "Reuse" centres on site. These centres offer a location where residents may place household items that still have use (e.g. small appliances, home decorations, certain kids toys, books, etc.).  The Mixed Waste fee applies to drop of items.

NOTE:  Child and infant/child car seats are not accepted at Reuse Centres.  Furniture is not accepted due to limited space.

Localized Glass Recovery - Glass bottles collected at our recycling facilities are crushed and used as road building material.  This represents an excellent way to reuse an otherwise difficult to manage material.

Resource Recovery Plan (RRP) - We have selected "Zero Waste" as an end goal for the RRP. As part of the Plan will be focussing on source reduction as a way of decreasing the amount of residual waste being landfilled. This will require a total shift of mindset in all of our residents and in all of our communities.

Community Partnerships - The RDCK values our many community partners who assist with our ongoing efforts to eliminate the concept of "waste". Some of our partner organizations include Salmo Community Services, the Nelson Food Coalition, Earth Matters, the Nelson Leafs Bottle Depot, the Kaslo Jazz Fest, and the Nelson Eco Society.

Final Cover Composting Project - All garden/yard waste and discarded wood product is mulched and composted on site at a number of our waste handling facilities.  This material is then used as final cover at our landfills, thus eliminating the need to import material from elsewhere. 

Local Media - Waste reduction adverts have been regularly appearing in local newspapers as well as broadcasting on local air waves in an effort to spread the word about Zero Waste and waste reduction initiatives. 

The content on this page was last updated June 14 2022 at 2:28 PM