In partnership with Recycle BC, we are diverting waste from the landfill and minimizing our impact on the environment. Check out this brief Q&A on the program and watch this page over the coming months for key dates and roll-out information.

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What day will my recycling be collected?

Visit NEW Waste Collection Schedules page for all waste information. 

What can I recycle?

Allowable materials will include packaging and printed paper including newspapers, boxboard packaging, cardboard, plastic bottles, jars and jugs, plastic or paper take-out cups, bowls and lids, and metal cans. 

Residents will still be required to bring glass, foam packaging, plastic and lined plastic bags, and hazardous materials to the recycling depot.

Learn about Accepted and Unaccepted Materials or search Recycle BC's Waste Wizard

Where do I place my cart for pick-up?

Similar to garbage cart placement, general rules for cart placement include:

  • Place cart wheels against the curb without impeding roadways or bike lanes with arrows on lid pointing to the street
  • Leave at least 1 meter or 3 feet of space around your cart
  • Keep the carts away from any barriers including cars, poles and utility boxes
  • If you have no sidewalk or curb, please place the cart on gravel shoulder with the arrows on the lid facing the street
  • Place cart out by 7:00 am but not before 5:00 am
  • If you experience difficulties, please report to Lightship at is external) or call Operations at 250-427-9660

Are all Kimberley residents included in curbside collection? Can I opt out?

The City will be collecting recycling from 3,122 single-family residential homes. Multi-unit residential properties will be required to manage their own recycling. Residents cannot opt out of the program. 

Is there a fee?

Recycling fees are anticipated to be $12/year per household. 

What is cart contamination?

You may have heard the term before, but what exactly is contamination in the context of residential recycling? Simply put, contamination is material that is not accepted for collection in Recycle BC’s curbside or multi-family packaging and paper collection program.

Contamination, in this context can include one or more of the following examples:

  • Material that is not packaging or paper
  • Material that is not recyclable with today’s recycling technology
  • Hazardous material or hazardous containers with any contents remaining

Other conditions that cause recycling challenges include:

  • Material collected in a way that doesn’t allow the materials to be recovered for recycling (e.g. recyclables tied in a small plastic bag before being placed in your recycling collection container)
  • Containers with more than 10% of contents remaining
  • Material mis-sorted into the wrong bin

Source: Recycle BC

Why is recycling properly important?


Certain types of contamination can present significant health and safety issues for both collection and post-collection staff. Hazardous materials such as medical sharps, propane tanks, flammable liquids and batteries can be extremely dangerous when collected, and in some cases have caused fires in processing facilities in BC.

Ability to be recycled:

Not recycling properly can reduce the ability to effectively recycle material or meet the requirements of recycling markets. If the material can be recovered, the commodity value of recyclables can be reduced. In some cases, material may be recyclable, but only when collected separately from other materials and very clean. Some material is not well suited to being mixed with other recyclables in curbside/multi-family recycling programs. Materials like plastic bags and foam packaging should be taken to a Recycle BC depot for recycling. We want to ensure we can effectively recycle what is collected from residents in the most appropriate market for the materials, keeping them local when possible.

Source: Recycle BC

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Kimberley Transfer Station

Recyclables that are not collected curbside can be taken to the Kimberley Transfer Station at 800 Jim Ogilvie Way.  There are also yellow bins set out in key locations around the City that will contuinue to collect recycling paper, cardboard, tin & aluminum cans and plastic milk jugs. 

The recycling program at the Transfer Station are managed by the Regional District of the East Kootenay (RDEK).  Please click on the following links for more information on recycling and on what is accepted at the Transfer Station:

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On March 4, 2019, the Regional District of East Kootenay opened its new Recycle BC Depot at the Kimberley Transfer Station. The Depot provides local residents with the ability to recycle a wide range of items that are not accepted curbside or in the yellow bin program. To view the items that are accepted at the new Depot, please click HERE.

Solid Waste Rates & Regulations Bylaw No 2694, Amendment No. 3 2023