Skip to main content


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. Just make sure your items are empty and clean-ish! A quick rinse reduces pests and odours at home, ensures recycling equipment and workers aren’t harmed and guarantees more items can be recycled.

What is Accepted in Curbside Recycling?

Plastic Containers

  • Plastic containers (yogurt, ice cream pails, etc.)
  • Plastic jugs with screw tops (detergent, cleaning and body care products, etc.)
  • Plastic bottles with screw caps, spray pump, or pull-up tops (dish soap, shampoos, pills, etc.)
  • Plastic jars (peanut butter, condiments, etc.)
  • Empty single-use coffee and tea pods; do not include lids with recycling

Food Containers & Dinnerware

  • Plastic clam shells (fruit, bakery containers, etc.)
  • Plastic bowls, plates, trays and cups (frozen entrees, single use dinnerware)
  • Hot and cold paper cups or plastic drink cups and lids

Metal, Foil & Misc. Plastics

  • Metal food and beverage containers (soup cans, pie plates, foil, etc.)
  • Plastic garden pots and trays (plants, seedlings, vegetable plants, etc.)
  • Rigid plastic packaging with paper backing removed (toothbrushes, batteries, toys, etc.)
  • Plastic straws, stir sticks and single use plastic cutlery
  • Plastic and metal lids from containers
  • Cartons and Tetra Paks (milk, soup, juice, etc.)


  • Box board (shoe boxes, tissue boxes, food boxes, etc.)
  • Flattened corrugated cardboard (no larger than 30 x 30 in or 75 x 75 cm)
  • Cores for paper towels and toilet tissue


  • Printer and construction paper, catalogues, magazines and newspapers
  • Envelopes, greeting cards and junk mail
  • Shredded paper
  • Parchment and wrapping paper and paper bags

What is NOT Accepted in the Recycling Cart?

Non-Recyclable Plastics & Paper

  • Wax paper, non-paper gift wrap and foil gift wrap
  • Plastic packaging foam and trays for meat/produce
  • Plastic blister packs (e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for gum and pills)
  • Plastic squeeze tubes (toothpaste, etc.)
  • Padded envelopes with plastic or bubble layer
  • Biodegradable/compostable plastics
  • Foil-lined cardboard take-out containers and lids
  • Rubber bands

Items Accepted at Depots & Return-It Programs

  • Flexible plastic (overwrap, bags, food storage, etc.)
  • Crinkly cellophane wrap (candy, chip bags, etc.)
  • Glass bottles or jars
  • Refundable beverage containers that can be returned to Castlegar Return-It Depot

Items Accepted at Hazardous Waste Programs

  • Lightbulbs
  • Batteries
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries
  • Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or antifreeze products
  • Paints, solvents and hazardous materials
  • Propane cylinders

Household Goods

  • Books
  • Non-packaging plastic (toys, wares, etc.)
  • Pots, pans, and other scrap metal

Copyright © 2023 City of Castlegar, all rights reserved.