New RDCK Recycling Depots Launch Begins June 26 - Temporary Closures Expected During Transition

Nelson, BC: Out with the old and in with the new style of recycling depot. The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is moving to a new recycling program in partnership with Recycle BC. Recycle BC is a non-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout BC. The new program is being phased in on 23 depots throughout the district starting in late June through August. 

The green bins used to collect mixed recycling for the previous recycling program will be removed by end of June. All depots will experience periods where no recycling collection will occur while site preparations occur and new infrastructure is installed. The first phase of depots will only see brief closures whereas later phases may see up to a few weeks of service interruption. Some closures are longer than expected due to challenges resulting from the province-wide transition of RBC’s post collection contractor and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The phased depot closure and launch dates are expected as follows: 

Depot

Closing Date

Opening Date

Creston - Helen Street

June 22

June 26

Ootischenia

June 22

June 26

Nelson Lakeside

June 22

June 26

Crescent Valley Hall

June 23

June 26

Salmo and Ymir

June 24

TBA July 2020

Boswell

June 25

June 27

Burton and Edgewood

June 25

TBA July 2020

Grohman Narrows 

June 26

June 29

Marblehead

June 26

TBA July 2020

Riondel

June 28 (tentative)

TBA July 2020

Yahk

June 28 (tentative)

July 4

Crawford Bay

Closed

July 5 (pending access reopening)

Slocan, New Denver and Silverton

June 29

TBA July 2020

Balfour and Kaslo

June 30 

TBA July 2020

Nakusp and Winlaw

July 2

TBA July 2020

Kokanee Marina

July 3

TBA July 2020

 *All dates are subject to change

“We appreciate the support of all our users as we make the transition to Recycle BC,” said Travis Barrington, RDCK Resource Recovery Technician. “We ask for patience as we complete this complicated changeover to provide a better service to the entire RDCK.”

Remaining depots will not be accepting recyclables until Recycle BC’s local hauler is able to accept the material. Recycle BC and their post collection contractor, Green for Life (GFL), have committed to having all depots open by August 1st. However, depots will open earlier if possible. The RDCK is working with Recycle BC, GFL and local haulers to expedite the transition process. Please check the RDCK website for updates. Residents are asked to hold on to recyclables if their local depot is closed or travel to the closest Recycle BC depot.

The Recycle BC program requires residents to sort recyclables into main categories and requires depots to be staffed and secured in an effort to reduce contamination and improve recyclability. Core depots will be accepting the full suite of Recycle BC materials, whereas the satellite depots will collect limited materials. Hours of operation and acceptable materials can be found on our website. The graphic below illustrates the full set of categories that will be accepted at depots. Residents should separate recycling according to the colour-coded squares to make the most of the new recycling program – plastic bags, white and coloured foam will be collected individually at depots.

Incorporated in 1965, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is a local government that serves 60,000 residents in 11 electoral areas and nine member municipalities. The RDCK provides more than 160 services, including community facilities, fire protection and emergency services, grants, planning and land use, regional parks, resource recovery and handling, transit, water services and much more. For more information about the RDCK, visit www.rdck.ca.

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For further information, please contact:

 

Travis Barrington

Resource Recovery Technician

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Tel: (250) 352-1526

Email: tbarrington@rdck.bc.ca

 

 

For media enquiries:

 

Dan Elliott

Communications Coordinator

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Tel: 778-288-7121

Email: delliott@rdck.bc.ca

 

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