Garbage & Recycling Disposal

Garbage &  Household Food Waste Collection

Residential garbage and household food waste is collected once per week by the Town's contracted collection company, Waste Management. Garbage and household food waste is collected in separate containers, supplied by Waste Management, that are emptied by a truck using automated arms.

Each household is allowed to put out a maximum of 40 kg per container per week. Extra Bag Decals are available at the Town Hall if you have garbage or food waste in excess of the allowable weekly amount.

Please contact Waste Management directly at 250-652-6242 if your garbage or food waste has not been collected on any given week.

Collection Schedule & Regulations

Look up your collection day by Calendar and Map [PDF - 12.3 MB]  or by Street Name.pdf [PDF - 61 KB].

  • Please note that BPI Certified compostable bags are required for your household food waste. They must meet ASTM D6400-9 Standard Specifications for Compostable Plastics. These bags as well the plastic containers that store hosehold food waste can be purchased at various retail outlets such as Canadian Tire, Thrifty Foods, Home Depot, and Walmart.

For more information on garbage collection regulations, please view our Brochure [PDF - 12.3 MB]  and the Town's Residential Garbage and Household Food Waste Collection Bylaw [PDF - 238 KB].  For current garbage rates please click here [PDF - 28 KB].

Secondary Suites

Households with secondary suites are allowed one supplied container for garbage and one supplied container for food waste for the main residence. The owner of the property pays the fee for this collection service. A second set of containers is not supplied for the suite. Extra garbage and/or food waste generated by the secondary suite can be put in the containers for the main residence, as long as the waste is within the allowable weekly amount. If not, Extra Bag Decals must be adhered to each extra container or bag.

Condominium Buildings & Housing Co-ops
Residents who live in condominium buildings and housing co-ops are not able to participate in the household food waste collection program. Waste Management is unable to supply these types of residences with the separate outdoor individual containers due to logistics and lack of space. Also, Town garbage and food waste collection is combined into one price for taxes, so each home on the Town service gets charged one user fee. We are unable to administer a separate cost for food waste collection for residents in condo/co-op buildings. However, there are private companies who provide this service:

  • Community Composting - Collects green kitchen scraps only
  • reFUSE- Collects all organics material (household organics, commercial, soiled paper, yard and garden waste, etc.)

For more information on composting, please visit the CRD's website at www.crd.bc.ca/service/waste-recycling/kitchen-scraps.

Recycling

The Capital Regional District (CRD) operates a "blue box" recycling program. Curbside recycling is offered to all residents through the CRD Environmental Services Branch. Recycling for residents who live in condominium buildings and housing co-ops should speak with the building management to confirm if your building has contracted for recycling pick-up as condominium and housing co-op buildings are not included in curbside pickup.

For information about the program, including recycling schedules and recyclable materials, please visit the CRD's website or call 250-360-3030.

Blue boxes and bags are available at Town Hall or through the CRD's collecton contractor, Emterra Environmental, at 250-385-4399.

For a list of facilities that will take your metals, batteries, white goods and other recyclable refuse, click here.