Columbia Valley Landfill

The Columbia Valley Landfill remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including recycling programs, yard and garden waste, metal bins, etc. The blue textile bins and Reuse Centre will be closed until further notice. While visiting this facility, please make sure to maintain appropriate physical distance (2m/6 ft). During this time this facility may be busier than usual. Please be patient, and keep your trips limited to only what is necessary.

The Columbia Valley Landfill is located at 1875 Windermere Loop Road, 2.5 km East on Windermere Loop Road from Highway 93.

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Hours of Operation:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm seven days a week
(closed Family Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day)
If you have questions regarding disposal or about the site please contact the Environmental Services Secretary at: 250-489-6900 or send email to environmentalservicesdept@rdek.bc.ca

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Recycling in the Valley:

There are yellow recycling bins at the Landfill for paper, cardboard, tin cans, and plastics #1-#6 (no styrofoam, #7 or unmarked plastics); however, residents and visitors are urged to use the Recycle BC Depot, which is located at the Invermere Transfer Station on Industrial Road 1 next to the public works yard in Invermere.

This Recycle BC Depot is for residential recycling, is open to everyone in the Columbia Valley (and beyond) and collects a much wider array of recyclables than the regional yellow bin program. CLICK HERE to view the brochure with the list of recyclables accepted at the new Depot.  The recycling area has signage indicating what goes where (see the brochure for the product categories).  To help make your visit to the recycling area seamless, setting up a “pre-sort” system at home can save you some time:

  • One bin for paper and cardboard - this would be for everything under the “paper & cardboard products” header on the brochure
  • One bin for all plastic containers and metal - this would be everything under the “metal containers and plastic containers” headers on the brochure
  • One bin for the other categories - the vast majority of recyclables falls into the first two categories.  The third “bin” could be for the others - which includes everything in the styrofoam, plastic bags & overwrap, flexible packaging and glass containers headers on the brochure.

Other Notes:

  • Styrofoam - There is an area for white styrofoam and a separate area for printed & coloured styrofoam. Only pure white styrofoam goes into the white totes. If your styrofoam has ANY printing or colour on it at all (even a small coloured logo), it goes in the printed/coloured tote.
  • Residential Recycling - The Recycle BC program is for residential recycling only at this time.
  • Yellow Bin Recycling Progam Remains and is SEPARATE -  the yellow bin program is a totally separate program from the Recycle BC Depot and you will still see yellow bins around the region, including at the Columbia Valley landfill.  It's important to note that we have access to different markets and the new recycling opportunities are ONLY available at the Recycle BC Depot. The materials accepted in the yellow bins has not changed - they still take only paper, cardboard, tin/aluminum cans, plastics #1-#6 (no styrofoam) and grocery bags.

Recycling at the Landfill:

Aside from the yellow bins on site, there are also areas to recycle your scrap metal, clean wood waste, auto batteries and propane tanks at the Landfill.  You'll see another area for yard and garden waste, which gets chipped before it becomes part of an on-site green waste program.  The chips are mixed with top soil and are put on sections of the landfill as we close them.  In addition, a large volume of the chips are currently being hauled to the co-gen facility in Skookumchuck operated by Paper Excellence.

About Tires:

There is an area at the Transfer Station for tires; however, they are subject to a tipping fee and we strongly encourage residents to take their tires elsewhere.  We have a tipping fee on tires because it costs us to handle and transport them.  When you pay an eco fee on tires, it goes to Tire Stewardship BC, a Provincial non-profit society established to ensure the collection and recycling of tires. The RDEK does not get any funding from that program; however, you can take 4 tires at a time (off rim) FREE OF CHARGE to the following businesses:

  • Canadian Tire Invermere
  • Walkers Repair Centre
  • K5 Mechanical
  • OK Tire Store

Reuse

**Note: the Reuse Centre is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19** There is also a Reuse Centre at the Columbia Valley Landfill, which accepts household items in good working condition.  It's free to drop items off, and free to pick items up at the Reuse Centre.  Some examples of things that can be taken to the Reuse Centre include:

  • Chairs
  • Furniture
  • Books/Toys
  • Light fixtures
  • Pictures
  • Small dishes

Items that CANNOT be accepted in the Reuse Centre include: large appliances, scrap metal, wood, clothing, automotive parts and mattresses.

Televisions should be taken to the Invermere Bottle Depot for recycling.

Last edited: Tue, October 20, 2020 - 9:19:18