Waste Disposal Charge Account

A Waste Disposal Charge Account allows approved customers to go to any RDCK Landfill or Transfer Station and ‘charge’ their waste disposal fees to an account. On a monthly basis, the RDCK will send a printed statement with a summary of transactions and payments processed during the month.  Invoices are considered due 30 days after they are incurred.  Accounts may be revoked at any time for non-payment or non-compliance with waste facility rules and regulations.  Accounts that are not used for a one year period will become inactive and customers will have to reapply for active account status.

Authorized Charge Accounts are considered a privilege for our customers.  Charge accounts should be considered for customers that charge $100 or more per month on a regular basis.  Vehicle licence plate numbers are associated with accounts.

LKB Waste Disposal Declaration Form

This Waste Disposal Declaration Form is for Lower Kootenay Band (LKB) members only. It is to be used for declaring loads, prior to disposal that either:

  1. Are not obviously residential in nature, or
  2. Do not have prior authorization from the RDCK using the Waste Disposal Application form.

Declaration Forms can be completed online and hard copies of the Declaration Form are available at the Creston landfill.  All completed form to be emailed to [email protected]. Declaration Forms must be submitted to the above email address at least 48 hours prior to disposal.

NOTE: The Landfill Attendant will require proof of identification though a Band card that matches the information on the Declaration Form. In addition, the license plate of the vehicle used for disposal must match the license plate number identified in the Declaration Form.

Disposals that are not verified by the LKB Band Office as having been generated by LKB members and originating from LKB member owned property will be billed the tonnage rate as set out in Schedule A-3 of the most recent RDCK Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw.

What materials are prohibited/banned from RDCK landfills or transfer stations?

The following items are not accepted for disposal at RDCK facilities:

Schedule D to the Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw

  1. Antifreeze
  2. Auto Hulks
  3. Biomedical Waste
  4. ODS Containing Products
  5. Free Liquid
  6. Gas Cylinders
  7. Gasoline
  8. Hazardous or Reactive Chemicals
  9. Hazardous Waste
  10. Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soil
  11. Ignitable Materials
  12. International Waste
  13. Lead-acid Batteries
  14. Loads containing materials that are smoldering or on fire
  15. Out-of-Area Municipal Solid Waste
  16. Paint Products
  17. Pesticide Products
  18. Petroleum By-products
  19. Pharmaceutical Products
  20. Radioactive Material
  21. Rechargeable Batteries
  22. Refuse that would cause undue risk of injury or occupational disease to any person at the Resource Recovery Facility that would otherwise contravene the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation B.C. Reg. 296/97 enacted pursuant to the Worker’s Compensation Act, as amended or replaced from time to time.
  23. Steel cable that is not cut to 1.25 m lengths, on a spool, or coiled and tied in six places
  24. Solvents and Flammable Liquids
  25. Specified Risk Material
  26. Tight-head Barrels
  27. Tires designated with a tread code of C, E, G, L or IND
  28. Used Oil
  29. Use Oil Containers
  30. Used Oil Filters
  31. Waste Sharps
  32. Such other materials as are designed by the Manager from time to time to be inappropriate for Disposal at a Resource Recovery Facility for environmental reasons related to the safe or efficient operation of the facility

Controlled Waste

Schedule C to the Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw

Material Type


Disposal Facility

Animal feces

(2) Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY
Asbestos – Friable


Landfills ONLY
Asbestos – Non-friable


Landfills ONLY
Municipal Wastewater Biosolids


Landfills ONLY
Municipal Wastewater Residuals


Landfills ONLY


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY
Bulky Waste


Landfills ONLY
Clean Wood Waste


Creston Landfill and Central Transfer Station ONLY
Condemned Foods


Landfills ONLY

Dead Animals and Parts
[quantities less than 1 container
sized 81 cm x 102 cm (32″ x 40″) or
121 L (27 imperial gallons)]


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY

Dead Animals and Parts
[quantities greater than 1 container
sized 81 cm x 102 cm (32″ x 40″) or
121 L (27 imperial gallons)]


 Landfills ONLY
Dusty Material


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY

Food Processing Waste
[quantities greater than 1.5 m3]


Landfills ONLY

Fuel Tanks


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY
Industrial Waste


 Landfills ONLY
Infested Vegetation


Landfills ONLY

Land Clearing Debris

[quantities greater than 1.5 m3]


Landfills ONLY
Large Load


Landfills ONLY

Noxious Weeds


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY
Tight-Head Barrels


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY
Waste Soil


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY
Yard & Garden Waste


Landfills and Transfer Stations ONLY

*Quantity accepted at transfer stations is restricted. 
See ‘Specifications and Restrictions’ below.

Controlled Waste Specifications and Restrictions

  1. Material must be double-bagged in 6 mm poly bags.
  2. Material must be double-bagged (any thickness bag).
  3. Lids must be removed so that the Attendant may inspect for liquids.  Container must not have contained any hazardous materials at any time.
  4. Material must be manifested or documented as required by the RDCK and by the BC Ministry of Environment.
  5. 48 hours advance notice must be given to the RDCK prior to Disposal. (The Manager may at his/her discretion permit Disposal with less than 48 hours notice.)
  6. Material must be disposed of at a time designated by the RDCK.
  7. Advance written approval required from the Manager prior to disposal.
  8. Special handling fees apply.  Quantities in excess of 1.5 m3 require advance estimate of special handling fees by the Manager.
  9. Tank must be cut open so that the Site Operator or Attendant can inspect for liquids.
  10. Material must be accepted at Transfer Stations at the discretion of the Manager with advance notice.
  11. Accepted at Transfer Stations in quantities less than 1.5 m3.  Individual pieces must be smaller than 30 cm3.  Maximum three loads per day.
  12. Compact/crushed material may be accepted at Transfer Stations with written approval of the Manager.
  13. Material must be bagged in transparent bags. Materials must be sealed and contained in a manner which prevents the ripping of bags. Alternative containment methods for large quantities may be approved in advance by the Manager.
  14. Rebar must not project from the surface of Concrete by more than 30 cm.
  15. Must not contain Dead Animals and Parts.
  16. Prior to Disposal, a Waste Soil Disposal Application must be submitted to, and approved by, the Manager. An application fee of $100 is required for each Disposal request. The application must be accompanied by documents that meet the requirements of the Regional District’s Soil Acceptance Policy, including soil analysis information and assurances from a qualified professional. Loads less than 1.5 m3 may be exempt from these restrictions if no signs of contamination are present. The Regional District reserves the right to refuse Disposal of any load of Waste Soil.
  17. Accepted at Transfer Stations in quantities less than 1.5 m3. Maximum of one load per day per customer.
  18. Laboratory results must be submitted to the Manager, as requested.  The laboratory results must be accompanied by a tabulated document that clearly identifies the material as meeting the required Provincial and Federal limits for safe disposal at a landfill.
  19. Inside and/or rims of Tires must be free of any foreign material such as soil, debris or organic matter.
  20. Disposal of Dead Animals and Parts must be done in accordance with the most recent Operational Certificate for the Landfill designated for final disposal; requirements and restrictions governing this disposal can vary between Operational Certificates.
  21. Loads of Yard & Garden Waste >2.5 m3, during periods when tipping fees have been waived, are accepted for disposal at landfills only and are limited a maximum daily disposal of one load per customer.
  22. Loads of Clean Wood Waste must be verified by a Site Operator or Attendant as meeting the definition of Clean Wood Waste prior to disposal.
  23. Waste materials disposed at RDCK Organic Processing Facilities do not require specification #1, as cited in Schedule C.

Disposal of Dead Animals

The RDCK has specific requirements for the disposal of Dead Animals, which vary, depending on the disposal site, determined by the unique Operational Certificates issued by the Ministry of Environment for each Landfill. Further there are size restrictions at Transfer Stations. To help navigate these regulations, please refer to the instructions  below:

A Dead Animal Declaration Form must be completed for:

Disposing of Dead Animals at Transfer Stations

Dead Animals may be disposed at Transfer Stations, provided the carcass:

  • is not larger than 1 container sized 81 cm by 102 cm (32” by 40”) or 121 L (27 imperial gallons;
  • is road kill or a house pet such as a cat or a dog.

 Landfills can accept some livestock disposals – refer to the 

NOTE: Residents wishing to dispose of a Dead Animal at the Crawford Bay or Boswell Transfer Stations will be required to provide veterinarian papers declaring the animal is free of communicable disease(s).

Prohibited Dead Animal Waste:

Agricultural and slaughter industry waste which must be discharged under the Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) & the Code of Practice for Slaughter & Poultry Processing Industries (Slaughter & Processing Code) CANNOT BE DISPOSED OF AT ANY RDCK FACILITY.

The AEM and Slaughter & Processing Code do not apply if an agricultural activity is:

  • occurring on a residentially-zoned parcel; and/or
  • not primarily for the purpose of distributing agricultural products to other persons (e.g.,  raising animals for personal consumption).

In the above two situations, a Dead Animal Declaration Form must first be completed.

Dead Animals classified as Specified Risk Material, as defined below, are prohibited from disposal at all RDCK Facilities.

“Specified Risk Material” means the skull, brain, trigeminal ganglia (nerves attached to the brain, eyes, tonsils, spinal cord) and dorsal root ganglia (nerves attached to spinal cord) of cattle aged 30 months or older, and the distal ileum (portion of the small intestine) of cattle of all ages.  (Health of Animals Regulation (C.R.C., c, 296).

In Addition:

  • Road Kill or mortalities resulting from animal control activities are acceptable for disposal at RDCK Landfills without Veterinarian papers.
  • Waste, such as meat trimmings from Butcher shops or other businesses NOT governed by the AEM and Slaughter & Processing Code are also acceptable for Landfill disposal.
  • All Dead Animals must be double bagged prior to disposal.
  • Disposals of Dead Animals larger than 1 container sized 81 cm by 102 cm (32” by 40”) or 121 L (27 imperial gallons)] require prior booking through RDCK, and require forty-eight (48) hours advance notice. Special handling fees, based on the operator prep time will be determined by the Manager.

Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds (invasive plants) are accepted at no charge at all RDCK Resource Recovery Facilities for disposal. Noxious weeds must be bagged unless advance arrangements are made with the Resource Recovery Manager.

For more information about noxious weeds (invasive plants) please contact the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) at 1-844-352-1160 or visit www.ckiss.ca.

Liquid Waste, Sewage and Septage

The RDCK bans certain materials or special wastes (dangerous and hazardous wastes) that could potentially harm the environment or endanger the safety of the waste disposal facility workers or the public. Liquid Waste such as paint, motor oil and other liquids are banned from RDCK waste disposal and recycling facilities.

Sewage & Septage Treatment Facility Information

Sewage is defined as untreated municipal liquid waste requiring treatment in a sewage treatment plant. Septage is described as treated septic tank waste which requires drying before discharge.

Septage and Sewage Treatment Plants are owned and operated by member municipalities or villages within the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Below are contact phone numbers to call for the hours of operation or procedures for the municipal facilities. 

West Sub-region
City of Castlegar

(250) 365-7227

Village of Nakusp

(250) 265-3689

Central Sub-region

City of Nelson

(250) 352-9345

Village of Salmo 

(250) 357-9433

East Sub-region
Town of Creston

(250) 428-2214

Waste Soil

The RDCK’s Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw and Soil Acceptance Policy govern acceptance of waste soil at transfer stations and landfills. Please review these documents before bringing soil to the RDCK for disposal.  Please allow one week for application processing before the expected disposal date.

All Waste Soil disposal requests shall be directed to the RDCK (1-800-268-7325). Acceptable materials are dictated by legislation and RDCK policy.  Hazardous Waste Soils are NOT accepted for disposal at RDCK facilities. A Waste Soil Application must be submitted for all soils over 1.5 m3 or any volume suspected of contamination. All Waste Soil Applications are charged a $100 Administration Fee and must be completed by a Qualified Professional, as defined in the Soil Acceptance Policy.

The RDCK shall only accept soils for disposal that are proven to be Waste Soil or Uncontaminated Soil as defined in the Soil Acceptance Policy. 

The RDCK no longer offers a private soil treatment facility service for Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils; however, both Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils and Metals Contaminated Soils, as defined in the Soil Acceptance Policy that are approved for disposal through a Waste Soil Application will be accepted at designated RDCK Facilities.  The rate for disposal is $40/tonne.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I do if I see someone dumping household waste illegally?

Illegal dumping is a serious offense that affects all of us. When people opt to toss their waste into the bush or other undesirable locations they are trashing your backyard. We all have a responsibility to look after and maintain our environment and we should all take this responsibility seriously.

It is important to include as many details as possible if you are going to make a report regarding an illegal dumping situation. To report illegal dumping at an RDCK landfill or transfer station CALL: 1-800-268-RDCK (7325) or e-mail [email protected].

If you observe someone littering, dumping household waste, yard & garden waste or other loads of refuse, here are some tips:

  • Record the date, time, location and weather conditions
  • Identify the violator(s) and companions or an accurate description of them
  • Record the vehicle license number and description
  • If you have a camera, take pictures of the evidence at the scene without alarming the violator(s)
  • Call the Ministry of Environment to report littering, illegal dump sites, burn barrels, unauthorized use of a dumpster or dumping chemicals, pesticides, used automotive fluids and other pollutants.
    Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 1-877-952-7277

The Regional District of Central Kootenay requests that you dispose of your household garbage and yard waste in a responsible manner. Illegal dumping is a serious problem that affects all taxpayers in the region. Illegal dumping can attract wildlife, create health and safety hazards and increase the risk of fire.

Q: How do I dispose of used cooking oil and grease?

Cooking oil and grease are not accepted at RDCK facilities.

For more information and a list of participating recyclers contact the Recycling Council of BC Recycling Hotline: 1-800-667-4321.

Q: What is a transfer station?

A transfer station is an intermediate facility in the waste system where local municipalities, residents and businesses drop off their waste in bins. The bins are then transported to the landfill for final disposal.

Q: Can I take items from a landfill or transfer station?

No. Scavenging is prohibited at all RDCK landfills and transfer stations as outlined in our Bylaw.

Q: How can I dispose of my household hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides, solvents & fertilizers, etc.?

Hazardous waste and free liquids are banned from RDCK resource recovery facilities. Call 1-800-667-4321 or www.rcbc.ca to find out where to dispose of these products.

Q: How can I dispose of my old prescription drugs?

The Health Products Stewardship Association of BC manages unused, expired medications. Most pharmacies accept old medications or syringes for safe disposal at no cost to residents. Call your local pharmacy ahead of time to ensure they are participating in the program.

For a complete list of disposal locations contact RCBC at 1-800-667-4321 or visit www.rcbc.ca.

Q: Where can I dispose of drywall?

Non-asbestos containing drywall is accepted at any of the RDCK landfills or transfer stations. Both residential and commercial quantities are acceptable.

Q: Where can I dispose of drywall containing asbestos?

Drywall containing asbestos is accepted at any RDCK landfill with 48 hours prior notice given to the RDCK. If you are unsure as to the type of asbestos you are dealing with (friable or non-friable) call a professional asbestos removal company. A special removal or transport manifest may be required.

For more information contact the RDCK at 1-800-268-7325 or e-mail [email protected].

Q: What are the different types of asbestos?

Asbestos materials are classified as either Friable or Non-Friable asbestos.

Non-Friable Asbestos – Non-friable asbestos can only be reduced to a powder by use of a mechanical device or means other than hand pressure, i.e. drilling, sanding, or abrading.This type of non-friable asbestos is typically found in some vinyl/asbestos floor tiles or fume hood linings and ducting in older buildings.

Friable Asbestos – Friable materials are those items which, when dry, can be easily crumbled, crushed or rendered into powder with basic hand pressure. There is a higher element of airborne dust levels in instances of disturbed friable asbestos material. The main areas in a building where one will find friable asbestos are Sprayed Fireproofing, Mechanical Insulation and Texture Coat Finishes.

*Note that this material must be contained in a double bag system; must be manifested or documented as required by the RDCK and by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment; and Forty-eight (48) hours advance notice must be given to the Regional District prior to disposal.*

Visit our Asbestos Disposal Guidelines webpage for more information.

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