The RDCK operates 13 solid waste transfer stations in the central Kootenays, including in the City of Nelson. Historically the Nelson transfer station was located adjacent to the CPR lands on the waterfront of Kootenay Lake. Accessibility and water contamination concerns motivated the RDCK to investigate options to improve the Nelson transfer station.


In 2007, WSA was retained by the RDCK to conduct a study to compare the advantages, disadvantages, and costs associated with maintaining the transfer station at its waterfront location versus moving the transfer station south of Nelson along Highway 6. This study included the following:


  • Review of existing RDCK transfer stations
  • Preparation of preliminary design concepts for both sites
  • Comparison of societal and environmental impacts for both sites
  • Cost estimate comparison of both sites
  • Highway intersection design and cost estimation
  • Preparation of a Summary Report


Subsequent to this study, the RDCK decided to relocate the transfer station to the Highway 6 location.