Garbage & Recycling

In the RDEK, we have a strong focus on recycling.  We have a Recycle BC Depots at all of our staffed transfer stations (Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fernie, Elkford, Sparwood) and at the Invermere Transfer Station in the Invermere Industrial Park that take the widest variety of recyclables including everything from baggies to styrofoam. 

There are also over 600 yellow bin recycling bins out across the East Kootenay for the collection of paper, cardboard, tin cans and plastics #1-#6 (no styrofoam). 

In addition, there are a number of provincial recycling programs, known as Provincial Extended Producer Programs.

To learn more about our recycling programs, the provincial extended producer programs (like oil, tires, batteries and electronics), or to get the hours of operation for specific transfer stations or landfills, visit the links on the left or and download the latest recycling guides, ask how to recycle something in the FAQ section or get info on all the items that can go to a Recycle BC Depot.

You can also visit: to access the provincial recycling database and search for recycling locations near you.

Yard and Garden Waste

Locations in the RDEK that accept yard and garden waste include the Cranbrook, Kimberley, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Canal Flats, Tie Lake, and Wasa Transfer Stations, as well as the Columbia Valley Landfill. This service is free and available to all residents within the RDEK.

Links and Forms

Yellow Bin Program

Tipping Fees 

Solid Waste Facilities in the RDEK

The RDEK operates 5 urban transfer stations, 15 rural transfer stations and 3 landfills. To find the closest Solid Waste Facility near you, please click on the map below:

Map: Solid Waste facilities

2021 Annual Groundwater Monitoring Reports

2020 Annual Groundwater Monitoring Reports

Last edited: Mon, August 28, 2023 - 3:38:18