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.

In effort to safeguard staff and RDN residents under the current COVID-19 self-isolation protocols, the RDN is providing an alternate method of payment for the extra bag tags through the RDN online portal (does not apply to City of Nanaimo residents).

Effective immediately (for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak), residents can submit a request through the online portal for extra garbage capacity at a cost of $3 per container, which will be billed on your annual utility bill. Your address will be added to the driver's route list on your next scheduled collection day.

If you choose to obtain physical bag tags, extra bag tags are being 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.

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