North Okanagan - Recycle BC
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Please include paper and cardboard, mixed containers, and glass in your designated home recycling bin. Cardboard can be neatly stacked beside your bin if it doesn’t fit in it. Please cut to 30″ x 30″. Please note the Armstrong Bottle Depot is no longer accepting paper and cardboard, or mixed containers.
Desert Cove residents scroll down to our FAQs for information regarding your new collection schedule.

Recycling Guide

Click here to download the 2023-2024 Regional District of North Okanagan 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.

Please note the Armstrong Bottle Depot is no longer accepting paper and cardboard, or mixed containers. Please use your home recycling bins.

Sorting your material helps reduce contamination so more materials are successfully recycled


Contact Emterra Environmental Customer Service
Phone: 250-545-4245

Blue box with paper recycling under yellow box labelled Paper with examples of paper recycling

blue box with mixed containers under title Containers with examples of material

grey box filled with glass bottles and jars

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.


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

New Information for Desert Cove Residents

Starting September 21, 2022, Desert Cove joins the Recycle BC program. A recycling guide, reusable yellow bag, and blue and grey boxes will be delivered on September 10 and 11 to residents. Plastic bags are no longer accepted for recycling collection. Contact Emterra Environmental with questions regarding collection and bag/box replacements: 250-545-4245 |

no plastic bags at curbside


Information on the materials accepted in Recycle BC’s packaging and paper recycling program is available here.

Please sort curbside recycling as follows:

  • Use one blue box or yellow bag for paper and packaging that held dry products (shoes, crackers, etc.). Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in this box or bag can be flattened, cut into pieces smaller than 30 x 30 inches (76 x 76 cm), and stacked between recycling containers.
  • Use one blue box for containers (plastic, aluminum, steel, etc.) and paper cups and cartons (coffee cups, cartons for soup or ice cream, etc.).
  • Use the grey box for non-deposit glass bottles and jars

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. Glass bottles and jars can break easily with small pieces becoming embedded in other material resulting in contamination. Proper sorting will also reduce the health and safety risk for drivers.  

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

  • Your RecycleBC residential recycling guide
  • has our accepted material listavailable for download, as well as a “What Can I Recycle?” search tool 
  • Download the Recycle BC app from the App Store orGoogle Play, or visit 

There is no limit to how much recycling you can set out. If all of your materials do not fit in your recycling boxes, 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 boxes, 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” (76 cm x 76 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 ones. Most hardware stores carry blue boxes of different sizes. You can also purchase a new container by contacting Emterra Environmental at or 250-545-4245.

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

Contact our collection partner Emterra Environmental to report missed collection or any other customer service issues by calling 250-545-4245 or via email

In the North Okanagan, curbside recycling is collected by Emterra Environmental. If you have questions about your recycling collection or need additional information, please contact:

Phone: 250-545-4245

Each approved curbside household receiving blue box curbside collection service is eligible to receive: 

  • Up to one blue box replacement for paper, and up to one blue box replacement for containers every three years without charge; and  
  • Up to one grey box replacement every three years without charge 

Please contact Emterra Environmental, the company that Recycle BC selected to collect curbside recycling in North Okanagan, for recycling containers.

Phone: 250-545-4245

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.

If you have additional questions for Recycle BC about these changes, please email 

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. Recycle BC’s packaging and paper recycling program does not affect garbage collection.