Garbage, Compost & Recycle

Curbside Services

RDKB provides garbage and green bin collection services in the Boundary, click here for the calendar for your region: Christina Lake collection calendar, Grand Forks collection calendar, West Boundary collection calendar.


FAQs

What can go in my recycling blue box?

● Paper
● Tin
● Milk jugs
● Newspapers
● Cardboard


Check out the full list on the Recycle BC website. The site also includes information on how to properly dispose of Printed Paper and Packaging materials in your blue box.

The RDKB and Bottle Depots in Grand Forks and Trail also host RecycleBC recycling depots that accept the “blue box materials” above for recycling, as well as the following packaging materials:

● Glass
● Styrofoam packaging
● Film plastic
● Other flexible plastic (such as stand-up pouches, produce net bags).

I’ve got large amounts of recyclables; what should I do with them?

The RDKB hosts recycling bins for commercial customers at all staffed landfills and transfer stations. Please contact the RDKB for more information on what materials can be accepted and how to prepare them.

Where can I take beverage containers?

All beverage containers can be returned for deposit. Take them to your local bottle depot or to where you bought them.

What about my garden or yard debris?

If you don’t have space to compost, we accept your yard and garden debris for composting at our landfills. Learn more about composting (including worm composting).

Reuse Resources

The RDKB supports programs that reduce the amount of material buried in landfills. By making REUSE a part of our Kootenay/Boundary lifestyle, both to acquire and dispose of items, we can REDUCE waste and make our communities more livable.

Trash to Treasure Day
This one-day event is your chance to help reduce waste by giving away your used household items or claiming old treasures from your neighbours.
[Event link - latest Trash to Treasure Day]

How to Participate

  1. Collect unwanted household items
  2. Place them by the curb where treasure hunters can access them without disrupting traffic
  3. Create a sign to let treasure hunters know that your items are up for grabs
  4. Remove all your remaining items by 4 p.m.

    Download the poster.

    Download a FREE STUFF sign in PDF format.
Make Thrift Stores part of your regular shopping trips. Here are some that are run by charities:
Salvation Army
1287 Cedar Ave., Trail 250.368.3814

Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop
7239 2nd St., Grand Forks 250.442.3343

Rossland Health Care Auxiliary Society
2059 Washington St., Rossland 250.362.0037

Habitat for Humanity
7281 5th St. Grand Forks 250.442.2720

Whispers of Hope
7463 3rd St., Grand Forks 250.442.2006

Trail’s Treasure Chest
14 Schofield Highway, Trail 250.368.3222

Good Used Furniture
792 Rossland Ave., Trail 250.367.9939

And More Second Hand Store
1751 2nd Ave. Trail.    250.368.5554

 

Garbage in Bear Country

The RDKB is a beautiful home for people and wildlife. To make sure it stays that way, we each need to take responsibility for managing our garbage so it doesn’t attract wildlife and cause harm.

Over 60 percent of human-wildlife conflict calls to the BC Conservation Officer Service are due to garbage that is accessible to bears.

The majority of bear/garbage interaction takes place in people’s back yards and carports between garbage collection days. This means we have to be aware of bears and other wildlife when handling and storing garbage, recycling and organic waste.

 

Why are there bears in my yard?
Bears are attracted by anything that smells to them like it could be edible. If we contain or eliminate items that cause odours we remove a wildlife attractant. You can minimize a bear’s access to your garbage by following a few basic guidelines:

●    Ensure your bins are bear resistant (see the WildsafeBC for tips)
●    Store your garbage/green bin/recycling in a secure area – a shed, enclosed garage or basement
●    Put out your garbage/green bin/recycling only on the morning of collection
●    Use a liner or rinse your green bin/blue box after each use 
 

The BC Wildlife Act requires us each to secure all wildlife attractants or face fines. Conservation Officers now have the authority to issue “Dangerous Wildlife Protection Orders” to owners or occupiers of land to have them contain, move or remove food, food waste, compost or garbage that may attract bears. If you want to report a known or suspected violation of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws, use the RAPP form or call the 24/7 RAPP line at 1.877.952.7277.

How can I keep bears away from my compost?
If your compost pile isn’t properly aerated and isn’t getting enough oxygen, it will decompose anaerobically. Anaerobic decomposition produces methane which is both a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and a bear-attracting gas. 

Use your curbside green bin collection service (Grand Forks/Christina Lake) for items like dairy, meat and sugars. Smelly items such as cooked leftovers are very attractive to passing scavengers.

Design your compost bin right. Ensure it is has adequate ventilation and can drain excess moisture. Many black plastic composters retain too much moisture, which can cause the pile to ‘go anaerobic.’

What else can I do to be bear aware? 
Visit WildsafeBC for more information about how to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and make your yard or home less attractive to black bears or other wild (or domestic) scavengers. 

Green Bins and Garden Waste


Learn more about what can go into your Green Bin, how to dispose of food waste, build your own composting bin, and more!

Food Scraps Collection
The Boundary region is the first rural area in the B.C. Interior to provide residents with a waste diversion program targeting food scraps. This program targets organic material (anything that was once a plant or animal) and diverts it to our composting program.

How does the food scraps collection program work?
Residents are provided a Kitchen Bucket and a Green Bin. The RDKB also supplies each home with a sample pack of paper bucket liners. These may be useful to help keep the bucket clean. Additional bags can be purchased at local hardware/grocery stores. 

Fill the Kitchen Bucket with the proper materials and dump it into your Green Bin when full. Each week, the Green Bin will be collected. 

What can I put in my Green Bin?
●    Baked goods like breads, cookies
●    Cheese rinds, mouldy cheese
●    Candy
●    Leftover snacks
●    Muffin/cupcake papers
●    Coffee, including filters
●    Tea bags or loose tea
●    Sauces and gravy
●    Fish bones, skins, guts
●    Meat, bones, skin, fat
●    Rotten fruits and vegetables
●    Rinds and peelings
●    Rice and pasta
●    Eggs and egg shells
●    Lobster, oyster/clam shells
●    Fruit pits, seeds and shells 
●    Seed/Nut shells: peanuts, sunflower
●    Tree nuts
●    Paper hand towels
●    Soiled, waxed or oily paper
●    Biodegradable clamshell containers, pizza boxes
●    Wet newspaper
●    Houseplants, including small amounts of soil
●    Holiday Fruitcake
●    Paper Plates
●    Wilted flower bouquets


Must be Contained in a Bag/Box:
●    Kitty litter
●    Bird/hamster cage shavings
●    Pet waste
●    Kleenex/facial tissues

What is not allowed in my Green Bin?
●    Plastic bags, even polymer ‘biodegradable plastics'
●    ‘Compostable plastic’ bags  (the composting process doesn’t break down these polymer materials)
●    Wood ash
●    Cigarette butts
●    Dryer lint and dryer sheets
●    Vacuum cleaner bags
●    Disposable coffee cups
●    Twist ties/rubber bands
●    Swiffer mop pads
●    Disposable face masks
●    Yard and garden waste 


Where should I store my Green Bin and Kitchen Bucket? 
Store the Green Bin securely in an area where animals can’t access it. It will contain the same material as would have been in your garbage, so it won’t smell any more or less. Please place your Green Bin at the curb where you would normally place your garbage/recycling after 7am on the day of collection. Do not put your garbage out the night before.

Should I put kitchen/Green Bin waste in a bag?
To reduce the incidence of goop sticking to the sides of the Green Bin, you can try using kraft paper bag liners. Plastic bags, even ‘biodegradable plastics,’ are not allowed. You can also try to restrict the amount of fluids you put in the bucket/bin. 

You can also:
●    Line your Kitchen Bucket with newspaper, paper bags or a hand towel
●    Try using only the Green Bin bag liner
●    Try using only the Kitchen Bucket liners and place these in the bagless Green Bin
●    Try using folded newspaper in the Kitchen Bucket
●    Try without any liners and rinse buckets and bins regularly

What are some other Green Bin tips? 
The RDKB is trying to reduce the amount of food waste that is buried at the landfills. Take a look at the infographic to see how you can help.


Questions about Green Bins and food scraps?
Check out the Green Bin User Guide or contact:

RDKB: 1.800.355.7352
City of Grand Forks: 250.442.8266
Alpine Disposal: 1.888.791.1190


 

DIY Composting

There are many great ideas about how to build your own compost bin to be found online, as well as how-to and DIY videos on Youtube, pins on Pinterest or try one of these links:

  • Start by adding a little soil and then dropping in your food and yard waste
  • Keep it moist and covered
  • Chop up large, tough materials
  • Stir it up regularly to ensure air flow
  • Throw in some worms to speed up the process
  • Alternate by layers of the key ingredients (see chart to right)

 

My compost pile has a bad odour.
Your pile is either too wet or isn’t getting enough air. Turn it and try to add coarse, dry material like straw or corn stalks.

My compost pile is dry throughout.
You’ve either added too much woody material or not enough water. Turn it, moisten, add fresh waste and cover.

My compost pile is damp and warm in the middle but nowhere else.
Your pile is likely too small. Collect more material and mix the old ingredients into the new pile.

My compost pile is damp and sweet-smelling but still won’t heat up.
Your pile is lacking nitrogen. Use the composting chart above to add more nitrogen-rich waste like fresh manure, grass clippings or ammonium sulphate.

My compost pile is being infested by pests.
You may have added meat, fat, bones or other animal waste that is attracting rats, dogs and other animals. Use the composting chart to make sure you’re adding the right items and make sure your pile is properly covered. Place any fruit or vegetable waste in the centre of the pile and cover with soil.

 

You can compost year round. Materials that you add to your bin during the winter will decompose more slowly as the temperature drops and the pile may freeze solid, but as soon as the weather turns warmer, the process will become active again. 

 

Cold temperatures are actually beneficial, as the freezing action breaks down the fibres in organic material which aids in decomposition once it thaws out.

Be sure there is plenty of room in your compost bin in the fall so you can keep adding materials throughout the winter. To avoid filling your bin with leaves in fall, you can compost some in a separate bin or pile, save some to add gradually to your bin throughout the winter, use some as a mulch or dig some directly into the garden.You should also harvest finished compost in the fall to make room for fresh materials over the winter.

An alternative to backyard composting in the winter is composting indoors with worms. Because worms cannot survive cold temperatures, worm composting has traditionally been done indoors year round, or outdoors in the warm months and indoors in the winter. 

 

Worm composting is simply composting with worms! It’s ideal for apartment dwellers or those with limited mobility, and for year-round and indoor composting. The type of worm used is the “Red wiggler,” whose natural environment consists of slightly moist decomposing materials. This environment can be simulated by a properly built and maintained worm bin.

 

Every year, dozens of bears are destroyed in the RDKB. Living harmoniously with bears may require a complete change in attitude. The key to composting in bear country is understanding that bears find food with their noses. If your compost pile does not smell, it will probably not attract bears.

 

Tips for keeping your compost bear-proof: 
●    Don’t add cooked or leftover food scraps to your pile
●    Maintain at least a 3:1 carbon (leaves, for example) to nitrogen (vegetable scraps) ratio
●    Keep your bin must ventilated and turned regularly
●    Mix in a handful of leaves or sawdust when adding kitchen waste
●    Place your bin in an area that is more difficult for bears to find and keep it away from ‘known bear pathways’
●    Try ‘trenching’ smelly foods deep in your garden
●    Consider a worm bin