RDCK Recycling Depots Update

Nelson, BC: Almost half the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s (RDCK) recycling depots have transitioned over to the new Recycle BC program. Eleven depots including the Boswell Transfer Station, Crescent Valley Hall, Creston (Helen Street), Creston Landfill, Grohman Narrows (Nelson), Nelson Recycling Depot (Lakeside), Ootischenia Landfill (Castlegar), Yahk, Crawford Bay Transfer Station, Kokanee Park Marina, and Winlaw have all initiated service. Ymir and Riondel are scheduled for July 12 and 13th respectively, and the remaining 10 depots, Balfour Transfer Station, Burton Transfer Station, Edgewood Transfer Station, Kaslo Transfer Station, Marblehead Transfer Station, Nakusp Landfill, New Denver, Salmo, Silverton, and Slocan Transfer Station will be phased in over mid to late July. Depots in Grey Creek, Wynndel, West Creston, the Lower Kootenay Band Office and Kitchener were incompatible with the Recycle BC service and were permanently closed during the transition.

Recycle BC allocated twelve core depots to the RDCK from which Recycle BC funds all post collection costs including hauling, processing and marketing of the recyclables, whereas at satellite depots the RDCK pays for the hauling to the next core depot or another consolidation point before Recycle BC accepts the materials. The RDCK elected to operate satellite depots to maintain previous local recycling services. On-site infrastructure, site maintenance, staffing, and other depot operational costs are paid by the RDCK, with some financial incentive provided by Recycle BC based on volumes accepted and material quality. 

Core depots must collect all Recycle BC’s category types, however due to the additional hauling costs and space restrictions only the three main categories of recycling will be accepted at satellite depots: paper & cardboard, plastic & metal containers, and glass. These usually account for the majority of residential 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. Descriptions of Recycle BC categories and acceptance at depots can be found at the RDCK’s website, www.rdck.ca/recycling. In order to save time, residents are reminded to sort all recyclables into main categories at home to make the process easier at the depot.

OPEN Recycle BC Recycling Depots (Identified as Core or Satellite depots)

Depot Location

Depot Type

Crawford Bay - OPEN

Core

Crescent Valley Hall - OPEN

Core

Creston - Helen Street - OPEN

Core

Nelson Recycling Depot (Lakeside) - OPEN

Core

Ootischenia Landfill (Castlegar) - OPEN

Core

Boswell Transfer Station - OPEN

Satellite

Creston Landfill - OPEN

Satellite

Grohman Narrows (Nelson) - OPEN

Satellite

Kokanee Park Marina - OPEN

Satellite

Winlaw - OPEN

Satellite

Yahk - OPEN

Satellite

 Next Depots to Launch (Identified as Core or Satellite) 

Depot Location

Depot Type

Opening Date

Riondel

Satellite

July 13

Ymir

Satellite

July 12

Depots Launch Expected to Open Week of July 20-25 (Identified as Core or Satellite)

Depot Location

Depot Type

Opening

Balfour Transfer Station

Core

July 20 – 25

Kaslo Transfer Station

Core

July 20 - 25

Salmo

Core

July 20 - 25

Marblehead Transfer Station

Satellite

July 20 - 25

 Depots Launch Expected to Open Week of July 27-August 1 (Identified as Core or Satellite)

Depot Location

Depot Type

Opening

Edgewood Transfer Station

Core

July 27 – August 1

Nakusp Landfill

Core

July 27 – August 1

New Denver

Core

July 27 – August 1

Slocan Transfer Station

Core

July 27 – August 1

Burton Transfer Station

Satellite

July 27 – August 1

Silverton

Satellite

July 27 – August 1

* All dates are subject to change. Please check our website for updates on launch dates.

The RDCK kindly requests your patience during the depot transition and temporary closures. New depot staff are on site during operating hours to answer questions about sorting and acceptable materials.  Questions regarding program details can be directed to the Resource Recovery department. Depot users are reminded to follow instructions on-site use and abide by the provincial health office directives on physical distancing. Do not visit RDCK waste facilities or recycling depots if you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

During the launch process depots will experience periods where no recycling collection will occur while site preparations and new infrastructure is installed. The RDCK apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause to residents. We will continue to announce launch dates as necessary collection infrastructure is made available. For residents in areas experiencing service gaps we encourage storing recyclables until depots open in a few weeks time or travelling to the nearest open Recycle BC depot. Properly cleaned recyclables can be stored for extended periods without attracting pests or developing odours. If storage is not possible recyclables will temporarily be accepted as mixed waste without the double surcharge applied to loads with greater than 20% recyclables. This does not apply at RDCK waste facilities near open recycling depots.

Here is what you will need to know about recycling with Recycle BC in the RDCK. The RBC Depot Guide describes all materials that will be accepted at Core Depots and how they are to be separated.  

Click these links for more information about What Can I Recycle? and Where Can I Recycle? in the RDCK.  Weekly updates will be issued throughout the recycling transition on our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) to provide users with the latest information on the remaining depot opening dates.

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: 250-354-3476

Email: delliott@rdck.bc.ca

 

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The content on this page was last updated July 9 2020 at 8:25 AM