Household expansion

Starting January 29, 2018, Recycle BC will be servicing additional households in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. Please see the below insert for further information and the recycling guide to check your colour-coded collection day.

Recycling guide

The Recycling Guide outlines how to sort your recycling, shows what is not accepted, and includes a collection calendar. You can also download the Recycle BC app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store to access your collection schedule online, search for depots, and sign up for reminders.

2018 – 2019 Recycling Guide: 

Address Search

Use our address search tool to view your curbside recycling collection schedule and nearest Recycle BC depots. You can also sign up for reminders and import your schedule into your online calendar.

RECYCLE BC DEPOT LOCATIONS,
CURBSIDE COLLECTION SCHEDULES AND REMINDERS

If you have smartphone, you can download our app from your app store by searching “Recycle BC.”

Contact

Alpine Disposal and Recycling
Email: recycle@alpinegroup.ca
Phone: 1-888-791-1190

Service Provider FAQs

Recycle BC is a not-for-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and paper recycling throughout British Columbia, servicing over 1.7 million households. Recycle BC works in partnership with more than 160 collection and post-collection partners, including local governments, First Nations, non-profits and private companies. Recycle BC ensures materials are collected from households and depots, sorted and responsibly recycled. The Recycle BC program is funded by over 1,200 businesses that include retailers, manufacturers and restaurants that supply packaging and paper to BC residents, shifting recycling costs away from homeowners.

Recycle BC also directly services the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary – Kootenay Region (including Trail and Rossland), Regional District of Central Kootenay (including Thrums, Raspberry and Ootischenia), Regional District of North Okanagan, City of Prince George, City of Revelstoke, City of Quesnel, City of Vancouver, City of Pitt Meadows, City of Coquitlam, City of Langley, University Endowment Lands, and the Village of Anmore.

Alpine Disposal and Recycling Ltd. is Recycle BC’s collection partner in the Boundary area of the RDKB and will continue to provide your recycling collection service on a bi-weekly basis.

Communities in this service area include Grand Forks, Christina Lake, Eholt, Greenwood, Midway, Kettle Valley, Rock Creek, Westbridge, Beaverdell and Carmi.

Businesses that supply packaging and paper to BC residents are responsible for the cost of recycling programs. These businesses pay fees to Recycle BC, and these funds are used to cover residential recycling program costs.

Recycling Changes FAQs

  • Each household will receive two new blue boxes – one for paper and one for containers. These will be delivered to your home in June.
  • Residents will be required to separate paper and containers using the new blue boxes. Curbside pick-up of separated material in the new blue boxes will start July 3, 2017.
  • There is a new customer service number – this will be active starting in June and will be clearly noted in your new guide that will be delivered with your blue boxes.
  • Your collection day may change. Check the recycling guide that will be delivered with your blue boxes in June or visit this page for a digital version of the guide.

Yes, more information will be provided by mail at the beginning of June and a detailed recycling guide and schedule will be delivered with your new blue boxes. You can also return to this webpage in June, where more information will be available.

You can check your recycling schedule a few different ways. Your recycling guide, which includes your schedule, will be delivered with your blue boxes in June. The recycling guide will also be posted on this webpage in June. In addition, you can use our address search tool which will be available on this page in June to search your address and view your schedule. Our Recycle BC app also has the schedule included, and can be used to set up reminders and alerts.

No, the accepted materials you can recycle will not change. However, you will need to separate paper from containers and place separately in your new blue boxes starting July.  Glass, plastic bags and overwrap and foam packaging should be returned to a depot – they will not be collected in your curbside recycling.  View our full material list or search specific materials and check your recycling guide when in arrives in June for material information and sorting instructions.

Search your closest depot using our online address search tool or using the Recycle BC app. You can also view our provide-wide depot map. The depots in your area are:

Christina Lake Transfer Station
834 Hwy 395, Christina Lake, BC
Contact: 250-368-9148

Rock Creek Transfer Station
1610 Rock Creek Dump Road, Rock Creek, BC
Contact: 250-446-2231

Grand Forks Landfill
8798 Granby Rd, Grand Forks, BC
Contact: 250-442-2734

West Boundary Landfill
Deadwood Rd., 3km from Hwy 3

Recycling Collection FAQs

Your new blue boxes will be delivered in June, so you will have them to start using on your first collection day in July.

You will receive two blue recycling boxes: One for paper, including paper and packaging that held dry products (shoes, crackers, etc.), and cardboard, the other for containers, including plastic packaging, metal cans, aluminum foil wrap and containers, cartons (milk, soup, etc.) spiral wound cans and lids (frozen juice concentrate, chips, etc.), hot and cold beverage cups (coffee cups, paper cold drink cups), and empty aerosol cans.

A recycling guide will be delivered in June and will include detailed information on what materials are accepted and how to sort them. You can also search our waste wizard online or using our Recycle BC mobile app for information on if and how specific materials should be included in your recycling. Or, you can view our full list of materials.

Starting July, recycling should be sorted into paper and containers. Paper includes printed paper (flyers, magazines, envelopes, etc.), paper packaging that held dry products (shoes, crackers, eggs, etc.), and cardboard. Containers includes hard plastic packaging, metal cans, aluminum foil wrap and containers, cartons (milk, soup, etc.) spiral wound cans and lids (frozen juice concentrate, chips, etc.), hot and cold beverage cups (coffee cups, slushy drinks), and empty aerosol cans.

When recyclables are sorted into these two streams, we can ensure that more of the materials that are collected are successfully recycled. By moving to multi-stream collection, we hope to improve performance and reduce the cost of your community’s recycling program. By using reusable recycling boxes rather than single-use plastic bags, we are applying the first of the 3 Rs: reduction of waste. Further, you will no longer need to buy bags.

Starting July 1, please no longer set out your recycling in plastic bags for collection. Recycling boxes have been used across BC for many years and have contributed to successful recycling programs with high resident participation and recycling rates.

Additional blue boxes can be obtained from our collection contractor, Alpine Disposal. Starting in June, they can be reached at 1-888-791-1190.

No, there is no limit to the amount of material you can set out. Additional blue boxes can be ordered or purchased at a hardware store. Recycling can be set out in any rigid container including laundry hampers or plastic storage bins.

Additional blue boxes can be ordered or purchased at a hardware store. You can use other ridged containers to set out your recycling, including laundry hampers or plastic storage bins. There is no limit to the amount of material you can set out for collection.

Recycling boxes have been used in a variety of jurisdictions and climates across BC for many years and have contributed to successful recycling programs with high resident participation and recycling rates.

Blue boxes should be placed out on your recycling day instead of the night before to avoid attracting animals and to reduce the impact of wind, rain, and other weather. All packaging that contained food should be rinsed prior to being recycled. Where possible, paper and packaging should be packed tightly within the blue box to prevent these materials from blowing away. The blue box for containers (plastic containers, metal cans etc.) can also be placed on top of the blue box for paper, which will further reduce the impact of weather on the materials inside.

When foam containers and cushion packaging are collected with other recyclables, they can break into pieces that mix with other materials. The pieces are difficult to separate, meaning that less of the foam, and less of the other material, is recycled. You can help ensure that foam packaging including foam cushion packaging for products like electronics and foam trays and cups are recycled by taking them to a Recycle BC depot.

When plastic bags and overwrap are collected with other material, it is difficult to separate, meaning that less of the plastic bags, and less of the other material, is recycled. You can help ensure that plastic bags and overwrap are recycled by taking it to a depot.

Plastic shrink or stretch wrap, crinkly cellophane wrap, zipper-lock bags, plastic shipping envelopes, compostable or biodegradable plastic bags, multi-layer or laminated film, bubble wrap, and lumber wrap are not accepted for recycling, even at depots.

When glass containers are collected with other material, they can break and it is difficult to separate broken glass from other materials, meaning that less of the glass, and less of the other material, is recycled. You can help ensure that glass packaging is recycled by taking it to a depot.

Deposit containers should be taken to a Return-It Depot for refund.

Mirrors, drinking glasses, dishes, cookware, windows are not accepted in our program.