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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 reading of the Municipal Solid Waste Bylaw is on May 6, 2021. After third bylaw reading, program timeline and operational planning begins. Staff are testing 120 litre carts to be purchased for all residents.

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.





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 reading of the Municipal Solid Waste Bylaw is on May 6, 2021. After third bylaw reading, program timeline and operational planning begins. Staff are testing 120 litre carts to be purchased for all residents.

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.





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!