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City Asking for Your Help with Sorting Garbage From Yard Waste & Kitchen Scraps

This week, the City of Castlegar collected weekly organics carts and bi-weekly garbage carts together for the first time.

Throughout the week, City staff completed compliance audits and tagged carts with educational information for residents who will need to adjust their sorting practices before the next collection. To make the first week easy, the contractor emptied carts that had been tagged but this will not happen in the future.

Starting next week, carts that are not sorted properly and contain items that don’t belong will not be collected and infraction tags or fines may be issued.

“Generally the first weekly organics collection went well and many residents used their organics carts for kitchen scraps and yard and garden waste,” says Solid Waste & Organics Ambassador, Emilie teBulte. “Unfortunately, many of the organics carts had materials that should be in garbage carts, and this means the material was sent to the landfill rather than sent to the composting facility.”

Tips for Sorting

  • Use your 2023-2024 Collection Calendar + Waste Guide to find out what goes where or
  • Download an app with information on what can and can’t go into your curbside collection containers at

With the change in the collection process, the contractor has adjusted its process and schedule. Residents need to place unlocked carts and bins at the curb between 4 and 7 a.m. on their scheduled collection day. Please do not put carts or bins out the night before as this attracts wildlife.

Learn More

We know residents may have questions and we’ve got the answers! Contact our Solid Waste + Organics Ambassador at 250 365 5979 or

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