Garbage limits

(Where provided by the RDN)

Basic service provides for one container of garbage collected once every two weeks. The volume of garbage in the container may not exceed 100 litres or 22 gallons in volume. For the safety of collection crew, weight of garbage per container is limited to 23 kilograms or 50 pounds.

The one-can garbage limit or basic service makes individuals responsible for the cost of the garbage they generate, and encourages waste reduction and participation in the green bin food waste collection and curbside recycling program. This has contributed to our success in diverting waste from the landfill. By participating in the green bin and curbside recycling program the vast majority of our customers can easily accommodate the one-can limit.

Extra Garbage Tags

Tags for extra containers of garbage may be purchased for $3 each. A maximum of two additional containers can be put out on your scheduled collection day, provided a garbage tag is attached to each additional container. Garbage tags are sold at the following locations:

Unsure of where it should go? Please call 1-877-607-4111 or use the What Goes Where look up tool.

Georgia Park Store Bowser
Meadowood Store North Qualicum
Ravensong Aquatic Centre Qualicum
Town of Qualicum Beach municipal office Qualicum
Church Rd Transfer Station Parksville
City of Parksville municipal office Parksville
Oceanside Place arena Parksville
Waste Connections of Canada Parksville
Quality Foods Nanoose Bay
District of Lantzville Lantzville
Regional District of Nanaimo administration office Nanaimo
Jingle Pot Store Nanaimo
Country Grocer (Chase River) Nanaimo
Millway Market Cedar
Cedar General Store Cedar
Regional Landfill Cedar
49th Parallel Grocer Cedar
Village Food Market Gabriola Island

Restricted Wastes

Wastes not accepted for garbage collection include:
  • Oversize items exceeding two feet in any dimension.
  • Highly flammable materials, hazardous wastes, containers of liquids such as cooking oil or motor oil.
  • Products such as batteries, paint, pesticides, and electronic equipment collected at depots.
  • Grass clippings, yard and garden waste.
  • Food waste (place in the green bin).
  • Construction or renovation waste.
Unsure of where it should go? Please call 1-877-607-4111 or use the What Goes Where look up tool.