Fernie Transfer Station

The Fernie Transfer Station is located at 6000 Highway 3 (across from Fernie Home Hardware).

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed Family Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day)

Please note this site is primarily for residential users. If you have a commercial load or a large volume of waste you may be directed to another facility. If you have questions regarding disposal or about the site please contact the Environmental Services Assistant at: 250-489-6900 or send email to [email protected]

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Even though the Transfer Station is designed to collect garbage from both residential vehicles and City Garbage Trucks, you will find all kinds of opportunities to recycle or leave items for reuse so they don't end up in the landfill. This transfer station offers the following services for collection of:

  • Residential Garbage
  • Yard and Garden Waste
  • Wood Waste 
  • Scrap Metal – includes large appliances and 20 lbs propane tanks
  • Car Battery Recycling
  • Small Battery Recycling
  • Re-Use Centre
  • Diabetes Canada Clothing Donation bins
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Recycling
  • Used Oil Depot

Recycling at the Transfer Station:

The RDEK opened a Recycle BC Depot at the Fernie Transfer Station. This Recycle BC Depot is for residential recycling 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 Fernie Transfer Station. 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.

The yellow bins take all your paper, cardboard, tin/aluminum cans, grocery bags and household plastics #1-#6 (except Styrofoam). These same items can be recycled in the blue bag recycling program in Fernie.  There are also bins at the Fernie Transfer Station for Glass. the only glass that can be recycled is container glass (any glass container that holds food or beverages in the grocery store).

There are also areas to recycle your scrap metal, clean wood waste, yard waste, auto batteries and propane tanks. 

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) to the following locations FREE OF CHARGE:

  • Canadian Tire Fernie
  • Day Auto
  • Fernie Auto Parts
  • Fernie Chrysler
  • Fernie Ford

Household Hazardous Waste Depot

The RDEK has year-round Household Hazardous Waste Depots at the Cranbrook Transfer Station and the Fernie Transfer Station. Any residents with any of the accepted materials listed in this brochure can take the items free of charge to either of the transfer stations for safe disposal.


There is a Reuse Centre at the Fernie Transfer Station, 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.

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Last edited: Tue, January 02, 2024 - 8:43:21