Changes to RDCK recycling program save money, improve efficiency

Residents of the RDCK’s central sub-region will save approximately $200,000 annually as the regional district makes changes to its recycling program. The sub-region, which spans from north of Marblehead to south of Salmo, will see new front load bins at the RDCK recycling depots as of October 19th, 2015. The front load collection bins increase collection efficiency as recyclable materials are compacted en-route and multiple sites are serviced on a single route. The rest of the RDCK adopted the front load collection model in 2011 with great success.

"RDCK directors and staff continue the process of upgrading our resource recovery infrastructure," said Tom Newell, Chair of the Central Resource Recovery Committee. "This revitalized recycling program, being safer, more efficient and at a reduced cost to our tax payers, is one more huge step forward."

The public will no longer be required to climb stairs to deposit recyclables. The materials that are collected remain the same and all material, including cardboard, will be comingled in a single stream. A cardboard-only bin will remain at the Lakeside Drive Recycling Depot in Nelson. Glass will continue to be collected in separate bins.

Following the changes to the depots on October 19th, blue bags will no longer be required at RDCK recycling depots in the Central Sub-Region however; they may continue to be required for some curbside services. The changes to the RDCK depot recycling program do not impact curbside service. Curbside recycling programs are not an RDCK service and the public should seek information from their providers or by contacting the Recycling Council of British Columbia or 1-800-667-4321.


For further information, please contact:
Mike Morrison
Resource Recovery Manager
Phone: (250) 352-8168

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