Curbside Collection

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We've begun the biggest overhaul of our garbage and recycling service ever undertaken by the City.

All of our Curbside Collection information, schedules and guides have been moved online as a more cost-effective way to distribute the annual guide than printing and delivering to over 5,000 households in the City of Powell River

It's just one of several initiatives to improve efficiencies and reduce costs as we continue towards the goal of having zero waste.







"I would forget literally every single week if not for this."


With our Curbside notification system, you won’t forget to put out the trash. The popular reminder service will send you a text, email or phone call of your collection day.


"Text alerts are the bomb! I love the weekly reminders the day before recycling day."




Waste Wizard is a new tool to help you search where a material or item can be recycled or reused. Simply type in the item you want to recycle and - Abracadabra, Presto!

The Wizard will show if it can be recycled, special instructions and where it goes.






And now for the big changes in 2021!

Mayor, Council and City staff are working towards getting rid of garbage tags - yes, you read that right. No more garbage tags! With Council's approval, we'll be providing every household a special garbage cart in order to implement automated garbage collection. The carts will be free.

We'll be rolling out the new way for throwing away in the months ahead. First, a proposed bylaw amendment will be brought before Council in February.

Curbside recycling collection will continue to be bi-weekly in 2021, but as a six-month pilot project, Route E will have weekly recycling collection starting mid-January.

Given the large volume of recycling that is collected and the staff overtime required, we decided to try weekly recycling collection to test if this will enhance service and at the same time ease the overtime burden on operations staff. Route E was selected because it’s the closest to the drop off point, and the least exhaust and fuel would be expended during the trial. This route regularly incurs operational overtime and typically has the highest collection volumes in the City. We thought a pilot with Route E would be a good choice because of these reasons.


When will organics pick-up go City-wide?

The organics pilot project has proven very popular with residents. Since starting in 2017 the program provides collection of organics to 400 homes using organics carts. The carts have been left at the initial properties to compare volumes by year and provide an accurate view of increasing volumes. Organics materials from the program are shipped to Sechelt for processing and tipping fees have limited the program from being expanded further.

Good news! With Council's approval, we're preparing for organics collection city-wide tentatively beginning in the fall.




Meet Cameron!

Cameron is two years-old, and he's our new "spokesperson." Cameron loves garbage day, especially our truck drivers! He's going to help you through all of these changes. We figure, if he can do it, so can you!


We've begun the biggest overhaul of our garbage and recycling service ever undertaken by the City.

All of our Curbside Collection information, schedules and guides have been moved online as a more cost-effective way to distribute the annual guide than printing and delivering to over 5,000 households in the City of Powell River

It's just one of several initiatives to improve efficiencies and reduce costs as we continue towards the goal of having zero waste.







"I would forget literally every single week if not for this."


With our Curbside notification system, you won’t forget to put out the trash. The popular reminder service will send you a text, email or phone call of your collection day.


"Text alerts are the bomb! I love the weekly reminders the day before recycling day."




Waste Wizard is a new tool to help you search where a material or item can be recycled or reused. Simply type in the item you want to recycle and - Abracadabra, Presto!

The Wizard will show if it can be recycled, special instructions and where it goes.






And now for the big changes in 2021!

Mayor, Council and City staff are working towards getting rid of garbage tags - yes, you read that right. No more garbage tags! With Council's approval, we'll be providing every household a special garbage cart in order to implement automated garbage collection. The carts will be free.

We'll be rolling out the new way for throwing away in the months ahead. First, a proposed bylaw amendment will be brought before Council in February.

Curbside recycling collection will continue to be bi-weekly in 2021, but as a six-month pilot project, Route E will have weekly recycling collection starting mid-January.

Given the large volume of recycling that is collected and the staff overtime required, we decided to try weekly recycling collection to test if this will enhance service and at the same time ease the overtime burden on operations staff. Route E was selected because it’s the closest to the drop off point, and the least exhaust and fuel would be expended during the trial. This route regularly incurs operational overtime and typically has the highest collection volumes in the City. We thought a pilot with Route E would be a good choice because of these reasons.


When will organics pick-up go City-wide?

The organics pilot project has proven very popular with residents. Since starting in 2017 the program provides collection of organics to 400 homes using organics carts. The carts have been left at the initial properties to compare volumes by year and provide an accurate view of increasing volumes. Organics materials from the program are shipped to Sechelt for processing and tipping fees have limited the program from being expanded further.

Good news! With Council's approval, we're preparing for organics collection city-wide tentatively beginning in the fall.




Meet Cameron!

Cameron is two years-old, and he's our new "spokesperson." Cameron loves garbage day, especially our truck drivers! He's going to help you through all of these changes. We figure, if he can do it, so can you!


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    I am a senior with steps to the road and one of these carts would be impossible to maneuver down my walk way. so with out one of your special designed carts, my garbage won't be picked up. And this is called progress, maybe for the rich and famous of the new sub divisions, and where the streets have side walks Nice!!!

    not happy asked 17 days ago

    Each resident’s unique location requirements will vary.  If you would like to work with us on a possible solution, please contact Operational Services.   

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    I live in the garden suite not the main house do I get a garbage cart ? I am a senior I would like one with wheels please !

    globay asked 17 days ago

    Declared suites within a house will receive a cart.  Every residence will be provided a cart and all have wheels.  

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    Can I apply for an organics pick up bin

    Maureen asked 17 days ago

    Once the organics collection is offered as a service City wide, all residents will be included. If you would like to be added to a waitlist for the current organics pilot project, please contact Operational Services.

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    How are we going to keep the bears out of the garbage cans?

    leacott asked 16 days ago

    We do not believe these carts are “bear-proof” but we can suggest ways to keep wildlife conflict at a minimum. We encourage everyone to follow the same methods you currently use to minimize wildlife being attracted to your garbage. Keep carts clean by regular washing, secured storage, regular use and keep odorous materials frozen until collection day.

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    I am familiar with the green bins used for organic ( Richmond has them) . Do you believe they re bear - proof? ( No bears in Richmond ! )

    asked 16 days ago

    We do not believe these carts are “bear-proof” but we can suggest ways to keep wildlife conflict at a minimum. We encourage everyone to follow the same methods you currently use to minimize wildlife being attracted to your garbage. Keep carts clean by regular washing, secured storage, regular use and keep odorous materials frozen until collection day.

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    When do we get to pick out which garbage can we require?

    Len N Rita Knapp asked 16 days ago

    Proposed for fall 2021, all residents will get a waste cart provided to them in one size (120-132L).   If you will require a second cart, you can make a request closer to the program launch date. 

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    We compost a lot. Recycle everything. Do garbage every 3 to 5 weeks. Will our taxes go up in order to support this new system? We are conservative about garbage pick-up use. How will the new system affect people who are eco-savy, earth responsible poor-penny pinchers etc..?

    Boris Becker asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your commitment to the environment.   More details, including cost will be announced soon. Proposed for the fall, all residents will be issued a cart that is one size (120-132L).