Curbside Waste Management Program
Castlegar’s curbside waste management program provides services, facilities, and tools to help you do your part to keep organics and recyclable items out of the landfill.
Properly streaming waste keeps our community beautiful, reduces pollution, extend the life of our landfills and helps the City of Castlegar stay on track with climate action targets.
Organic waste can broadly be thought of as anything that used to be alive, except unprocessed carcasses. It refers primarily to food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste.
Recycling is separated into bins or bags by containers and paper products. You can use as many water-resistant bins for recycling as you need.
Most household garbage contains an average of 40% organic waste. Only items that can’t go in your organics cart, recycling or be taken to a collection site should be placed in your garbage cart.
In BC, it is easy to responsibly recycle many things to keep them out of the landfill. Oil and tires, appliances, old paint, unused or expired medication, and so much more.
Castlegar is home to bears and other wildlife. These animals sometimes visit neighbourhoods because they are attracted by waste.
Video: New Curbside Organics Collection Coming Summer 2023
View other waste management videos on Castlegar’s YouTube channel.
Find Your Collection Day or Search What Goes Where
For curbside collection information, missed collections or cart replacements call 250-365-5979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Will be Collected at the Curb?
We’re introducing a new waste management system that will reduce garbage by separating your household waste into one of three streams.
Collected in City-Supplied 240 Litre Collection Cart, Green Lid
This is the cart previously used for garbage. Starting the week of August 21, 2023 it will become the organics cart. This City-supplied cart collects food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings and garden waste.
Collected in Waterproof Bins or City-Supplied Bags
Recycling is separated into bins or bags by containers and paper products. You can use as many water-resistant bins for recycling as you need. Blue bags must be the ones provided by the City. Recycling is collected the alternate week to garbage.
Collected in City-Supplied 120 Litre Collection Cart, Dark Grey Lid
Garbage is collected the alternate week to recycling. The garbage cart is smaller than the organics cart and there is a good reason for this. Most household garbage contains an average of 40% organic waste. Using the organics and recycling collection, you can reduce the waste going into your garbage cart.
Curbside Collection Guidelines
Unclip Lid at Collection
Unclip the wildlife clips on your organics and garbage carts. To avoid damage to your cart and clips, fasten clips together over the the lid or to each handle.
Face Carts Towards the Street
Set the carts so they face out towards the street, with the cart wheels placed against the curb or edge of the road.
Space Out Carts
Place your carts or bins 1 metre away from each other, 2 metres away from cars, and with 3 metres of space above the closed lid.
Know When to Place Carts at the Curb
On your scheduled collection day, place your carts or bins at the curb between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Do not put carts or bins out the night before. Fines may be issued for carts or bins placed on the curb outside this window.
See the Recycle Coach above to find your collection schedule. Need reminders? We have an app for that! Sign up for collection day reminders and service alerts with our free app using Google Play or the Apple App Store.