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JULY 1, 2020 – CHANGES TO THE HOUSEHOLD PACKAGING AND PAPER RECYCLING COLLECTION SERVICE IN THE REGIONAL DISTRICT OF KOOTENAY BOUNDARY (KOOTENAY AREA)

Residents must set glass out separately when using their curbside recycling service in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (Kootenay area). Glass bottles and jars that are placed into the blue box with other containers will no longer be accepted. A new grey box for glass collection was delivered to all households in June 2020.

The new program:

  • Helps reduce contamination so more materials are successfully recycled
  • Reduces the health and safety risk for drivers who will no longer have to pull out broken glass from the blue box.

RECYCLE IT RIGHT

CURBSIDE RECYCLING MAP AND SCHEDULE

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CURBSIDE RECYCLING GUIDE

Your recycling guide outlines how to sort your recycling, shows what is not accepted, and what packaging and paper items you can return to a Recycle BC depot.

Click here to download the 2020-2021 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: 1-866-596-5444 or recycle@alpinegroup.ca

Recycle BC: 1-855-875-3596 or info@recyclebc.ca

FAQs

Starting on July 1, 2020, residents will be required to separate glass bottles and jars from other recycling materials and use a grey box to set these out for curbside collection (grey boxes were delivered to your home in June). Glass bottles and jars that are placed into the blue box with containers will no longer be accepted.

Sorting materials properly into three categories can reduce the amount of contamination in the recycling streams and ensure that more of the materials collected are successfully recycled. Proper sorting will also reduce the health and safety risk for drivers who will no longer have to pull out broken glass from the blue box.

Recycle BC’s collection partner Alpine Disposal delivered grey boxes to all homes in June 2020. If you have not received your grey box, please contact Alpine Disposal at 1-866-596-5444 or recycle@alpinegroup.ca.

Learn how to correctly sort your materials using the following resources:

  • Your Recycle BC residential recycling guide
  • RecycleBC.ca/Materials has our accepted material list available for download, as well as a “What Can I Recycle?” search tool
  • Download the Recycle BC app from the App Store or Google Play, or visit RecycleBC.ca/App

Curbside recycling collection is every other week. Please check the Curbside Recycling Guide or address search tool for your collection day.

There is no limit to how much recycling you can set out. If all of your materials do not fit in your recycling box and bag, please try consolidating them. For example, bulky plastic  jugs, cartons, and boxes can be flattened; smaller metal cans be placed inside larger metal cans; plastic containers can be fitted inside each other (e.g. yogurt containers), etc. If you have additional recyclables that do not fit into your blue box and bag, these can be placed in a rigid container of your choice, such as a laundry hamper. Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in your bag can be flattened, cut into pieces no larger than 30” x 30” (78 cm x 78 cm), and stacked between your recycling containers.

If you regularly have more recycling than your boxes can accommodate, you might want to purchase another blue recycling box, as long as the container is similar in size and shape to your existing one. Most hardware stores carry blue boxes of different sizes.

No. Under the BC Recycling Regulation, businesses that supply packaging and paper to BC residents are responsible for managing recycling programs. Recycle BC uses fees paid by businesses to pay for the curbside recycling program.

No. Your local government no longer provides curbside collection of residential packaging and paper. As of May 19, 2014, per BC’s Recycling Regulation, the businesses that supply packaging and paper to residents are responsible for financing the collection and recycling of these materials. Recycle BC works on behalf of these businesses to manage your recycling program.

No. Recycle BC’s packaging and paper recycling program does not affect your garbage collection.

Please use your new grey box for clear or colored non-deposit glass bottles and jars.

Please use your blue box for mixed containers, including hard plastic packaging, metal cans, aluminum foil wrap and containers, cartons, spiral wound cans and lids (frozen juice concentrate, chips, etc.), hot and cold beverage cups (coffee cups, slushy drinks), and empty aerosol cans.

Please use your yellow bag for paper products, including printed paper (flyers, magazines, envelopes, etc.), paper packaging that held dry products (shoes, crackers, eggs, etc.), and cardboard. You can also search what can be recycled online RecycleBC.ca/Materials or using the Recycle BC app for information on if and how specific materials should be included in your recycling.

Contact our collection partner Alpine Disposal to report a missed collection or any other customer service issues by calling 1-866-596-5444 or via email at recycle@alpinegroup.ca.

In RDKB Kootenay Region, curbside recycling is collected by Alpine. If you have questions about your recycling collection or need additional information, please contact:

Email: recycle@alpinegroup.ca
Phone: 1-866-596-5444

If you have additional questions for Recycle BC about these changes, please email info@recyclebc.ca.