The RDEK runs a yellow bin recycling program in the East Kootenay.  Most people are familiar with the yellow recycling bins that accept paper, cardboard, tin/aluminum cans, grocery bags, and plastics #1-#6 (no Styrofoam, even though it is marked #6).  We also have separate yellow “glass only” bins for food / beverage container glass. The yellow bin program is the only recycling program the RDEK oversees.

Click the link below to see a basic recycling guide for your area:

When you purchase items at stores, sometimes you are charged an “eco-fee” or “environmental levy.” Those fees go toward what is called an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program, which are regulated by the Province and run under contract by non-profit societies.  There are literally hundreds of products that are part of an EPR program and can be recycled in the East Kootenay.

None of the “eco fees” come to the RDEK and these provincial programs operate totally separate from us. We do, however, try to spread the word about the different recycling depots that collect EPR products because we know they will end up in our landfills if people don't know how to properly dispose of them.

Some companies, like Product Care, oversee the collection/recycling of a number of different EPR products for different programs so it can be confusing!  If you have questions or are unsure of what you can recycle, or where, we will do our best to help. Call our office at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 or email

EPR Recycling Programs in the East Kootenay
(items can be dropped off at designated depots free of charge)
Product Type Program Link Depot Examples of Accepted Products
Antifreeze Used Oil Management Association Depots in many  municipalities Antifreeze
Appliances (Small) Product Care
(on behalf of ElectroRecycle)
Cranbrook Bottle Depot Any household appliance with a cord or battery (toaster, microwave, scale, vacuum cleaner, blender, coffee maker, hair dryer, etc)
Batteries Call2Recycle Depots in many municipalities Alkaline and Rechargeable
Lighting Fixtures Product Care Cranbrook Bottle Depot & Fernie Bottle Depot Bike Lights, Floor lamps, Security lights, Ceiling Fixtures, Light Strings (e.g. xmas lights), Table/Desk Lamps, Chandeliers, Outdoor fixtures, Wall fixtures, Flashlights, Recessed/pot lights, Work lights
Lightbulbs Product Care Cranbrook (2), Kimberley, Fernie, Invermere Fluorescent tubes, Incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs, Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), LEDs, Ultra High Performance lamps (replacement projector lamps), High-intensity discharge lamps (HIDs), UV and germicidal lamps,
Medications Health Steward Canada All municipalities All prescription drugs, medications such as over-the-counter medications, including topical antibiotic and antifungal creams and natural health products that are orally ingested, such as vitamins and minerals,
Outdoor Power Equipment Product Care
(on behalf of Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada)
Columbia Recycle (Marysville) Chain saws, garden sprayers, lawn mowers, pressure washers, mulchers and wood chippers
Paint Product Care Cranbrook (2), Kimberley, Fernie, Invermere (2) Paint, aerosol paint
Pesticides,Flammable Liquids Product Care Cranbrook Bottle Depot Herbicides, pesticides, old gasoline
Power Tools Product Care Cranbrook Bottle Depot, Fernie Bottle Depot Drills, saws, grinders, levels, sanders
Propane Tanks   Cranbrook, Kimberley, Sparwood, Elkford, Fernie Transfer Station, Central & Columbia Valley Subregion Landfills Only bottles 100lb or less will be accepted.
Smoke Detectors/CO2 Alarms Product Care
(on behalf of AlarmCycle)
Cranbrook & Kimberley Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide
Tires Tire Stewardship BC Depots in many municipalities Depots accept 4 off-rim tires at a time

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