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Guide to Residential Waste Disposal

Did you know?

  • Every week, we collect garbage and recycling from 5,500 homes in Powell River, and every day someone forgets to take out the trash.

  • Residential garbage and recycling collection accounted for $634,506 in the 2021 city budget.

  • There is a right way and a wrong way to put your garbage and recycling out for collection.

  • You can take the guessing game out of recycling.

  • In 2023, every home in Powell River will get a green bin for organics disposal, as we expand the program to include every household.

  • We have every resource you need to make life easier when it comes to your waste collection, except taking it to the curb.


Never forget a garbage day again! Sign up for Curbside (below) and get your customized schedule reminder and service alerts via app, email, iCal, Twitter or phone call. You’ll also be notified when there are schedule delays due to mechanical issues, weather events and urgent information.

Waste Wizard

Not sure if an item should go in the garbage cart or recycling bin? Know where it goes by using the Waste Wizard, included with the Curbside Reminder Service (below), the qathet Waste Wise app available from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, your computer, tablet or cell phone. Learn what accepted materials can go in your recycling bin and what you can take to a recycling depot.

Curbside Collection for Powell River

qathet Waste Wise app

  • For everything that you ever need to know about your garbage and recycling service, this is the app for that! The qathet Waste Wise app can be downloaded for free on Google Play and the Apple App Store. The app puts all of this at your fingertips:

  • collection calendars and reminders

  • a help tool for reporting missed collection or other waste management service concerns

  • a feature for service disruption alerts due to weather and other unexpected events, special notifications

  • the Waste Wizard sorting tool, providing users with answers about disposal and recycling.

2023 Waste Wise Guide

The annual Waste Wise Guide is put together by the Let’s Talk Trash team. It includes information about curbside and depot recycling, composting, and farm and food directories. Also available on the qathet Waste Wise app on Google Play and Apply App Store. Click here for the Waste Wise Guide.

Automated Residential Garbage Collection

Information on the City of Powell River’s automated residential waste collection service including cart placement, location challenges, garbage tags, storage. Click here to learn more.

Residential Recycling

Information on scheduling, acceptable bins and placement. Click here to learn more.

Residential Organics Collection

In 2023, the organics collection service goes city-wide. Organics curbside collection is currently a pilot project serving 400 households throughout the city. Click here for more information.

Paper Schedules

Print copies are available at City Hall or by mail upon request.

Commercial Collection

Commercial collection is the responsibility of the business owner.

Contact Us

Operational Services Secretary


8 am - 4 pm (excluding holidays)
Monday - Friday

Closed on all Stat holidays

Quick Links

Let’s Talk Trash Team

qathet Regional District’s 2017 Solid
Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan

Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Recyclopedia