Recycling Depot Closures During Transtion to RecycleBC Program

In order to upgrade facilties to meet the new standard of the RecycleBC program RDCK recycling depots throughout the district must be closed for several days to remove the current collection containers, clean up debris and install new collection equipment. These closures will be staggered across locations to keep service interruptions to a minimum. 

The phased transition to the Recycle BC infrastructure and launch dates are expected as follows:

Depot Opening Date
Ootischenia Landfill June 26
Nelson - Lakeside Drive June 26
Crescent Valley June 26
Creston - Helen Street June 26
Creston Landfill June 27
Boswell Transfer Station June 27
Yahk Transfer Station June 27
Nelson - Grohman Narrows    June 29
Depot Closing Date *Opening Date
Crawford Bay transfer station June 30           July 5
Winlaw depot June 30 July 6
Kokanee Marina July 3 July 7
Salmo depot June 24 July 12
Ymir transfer station June 24 July 12
Riondel depot June 28 July 13
Burton transfer station June 25 TBA July 2020
Edgewood transfer station June 25 TBA July 2020
Marblehead transfer station June 26 TBA July 2020
Slocan transfer station June 29 TBA July 2020
New Denver depot June 29 TBA July 2020
Silverton depot June 29 TBA July 2020
Balfour transfer station June 30 TBA July 2020
Kaslo transfer station June 30 TBA July 2020
Nakusp landfill July 2 TBA July 2020

*All dates are subject to change

Transition work at the Crawford Bay depot will commence when full time access has been restored, new containers are being delivered to the Creston Landfill depot but there will be no interrupition to service. The following depots will have 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 to Join RecycleBC Program 

A new depot recycling service is set to begin in summer 2020. RDCK recycling depots will launch under the RecycleBC (RBC) program starting with the depots in Nelson, Castlegar, Crescent Valley, Creston and the East Shore of Kootenay Lake in June and early July. The remaining depots in the RDCK will continue with their current service provider and transition to RBC service throughout the rest of the summer.

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.

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.

The Reuse Sheds remain closed at all facilities.

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 July 6 2020 at 10:27 AM