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Organics Collection

Organics curbside collection is currently a pilot project serving 400 households throughout the City. Since the implementation of the pilot project in 2017, over 650,000 kilograms in organic waste has been diverted from landfills.

For more information on schedules and routes go here.

Are you part of the Curbside Organics Collection Pilot?

Here’s what to do:

  • Have materials at the curb by 7:30 am.

  • Ensure materials are placed in a clearly visible location at your property’s edge or at the end of your driveway.

  • Please leave adequate space between bins for automatic collection.

  • Put organic items loosely in bin, please do not line with bags.

  • Ensure bin is only full of acceptable materials. Acceptable materials include food scraps, yard waste, food-soiled paper/cardboard, paper coffee filters, coffee grounds, tea bags and wooden utensils.

  • ONLY accepted bags are paper “Bag-To-Earth” brand

  • Tree branches should be smaller than 1” in diameter

  • Please, no invasive species (blackberry, knotweed, ivy, broom, etc.), no biodegradable plastic products, pet waste or biohazard waste, or your cart will be deemed contaminated and rejected.

Are you not part of the Organics Curbside Collection Pilot?

Here’s what to do:

  • Choose a collection container of your choice or reuse something from your residence or a depot.

  • To keep cleaner – use paper “Bag-To-Earth” bags, or line with paper towels, scrap paper or newspaper.

  • Freeze or keep in a sealable container to cut down on odours and fruit flies.

  • Deliver collections to the appropriate disposal depot.

Kitchen/Food Waste:

Take small loads to:

  • Town Centre Recycling Depot (behind Rona)

  • Free drop off Mon-Sat 8 am - 5:30 pm

Take loads over 9 kilograms (20lbs) to:

  • Sunshine Disposal and Recycling

  • Wed/Fri/Sat 10 am – 4 pm

NOTE: Max. Load 2 cubic yards (approximately size of a refrigerator)

Yard Waste:

  • Sunshine Disposal & Recycling

  • Wed/Fri/Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Only.

NOTE: Max. Load 2 cubic yards (approximately size of a refrigerator)

NOTE: Max 1 inch diameter at the saw cut for branches/stumps

Organic Waste collected within the City of Powell River is transported to Salish Soils in Sechelt, B.C. where it is transformed into nutrient rich soils.

City staff are currently working on initiatives to help Council decide how to shape the future of curbside collections. Planning for local processing of organics materials by qathet Regional District, is in progress.

For help with acceptable materials, please use our Waste Wizard.

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