Letter to the editor

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is asking for residents to consider the environmental impacts of overconsumption as we head toward the holiday season.

The generosity and spirit of the season can often go hand in hand with a great deal of waste. Making small changes like using reusable products for gift-giving, gifting an experience instead of a physical gift, and investing in rechargeable batteries are all examples of things that will cut down the amount of waste being produced.

For those products that need to be recycled after use, it’s important to know that the Recycle BC system offers the most options for recycling and is totally separate from the yellow bin system, which takes far fewer items and costs far more. 

The curbside program in Invermere is currently not part of the Recycle BC program, so they only accept the same materials as the yellow bins.    

The days surrounding Christmas will be the busiest days of the year at area transfer stations and landfills. While our contractors will be doing their best to keep up, if everyone tries to drop off garbage or recycling on December 26, bins will fill faster than they can be serviced. 

Please try to space out your visits to our facilities and have patience. If you arrive and bins are full, please take your materials with you and plan to come back another day.  

A Holiday Recycling Guide and holiday hours can be found at engage.rdek.bc.ca/recycle.

Regional District of East Kootenay