Garbage and Recycling

Garbage Routes and Pick Up Schedule:

The five different areas on the map below represent the breakdown of areas for garbage pick up in Prince Rupert. To determine the date for garbage collection in your colour-coded area, please click on the calendar to bring up the schedule, which corresponds with the colours noted on the map.

If you are located on the "boundary border", and are uncertain as to your collection date, please call the Operations department at 250-624-5482.



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Residential Waste Pickup

Residential solid waste must be placed in large durable garbage bags (minimum of 76 cm x 80 cm to a maximum of 90 cm x 127 cm in size), properly tied or closed.  These filled garbage bags shall be placed in a proper metal or plastic garbage can and set out by 8:00 am on the scheduled day for collection, not more than 4 feet back from the curb or traveled portion (whichever is applicable) of the collection roadway, in a location clearly visible to collection workers. Workers will not go back for late or missed garbage.

All garbage bags, in excess of two (2) must have a tag affixed to each of them or they will not be collected. Tags can be purchased at City Hall and the Recreation Centre.

Residential pickup operates on the “add-a-day system”, which means that the day for collection of solid waste advances by one day following any holiday recognized by the City.   Check the Collection schedule and map for a more detailed schedule.  Please note – though the schedule will change each year, the color code for your area will always remain the same.  If you do not know the color code for your area, please call 250-624-5482.


Unacceptable Wastes for City Collection Service

The following waste materials will not be collected by City collection workers and shall not be placed by any person in any container or other location for collection by the City:

  • cardboard
  • garden waste
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • hedge clippings
  • trees
  • rocks
  • discarded furniture
  • demolition or construction waste
  • metal scraps
  • dead animals
  • oversized items of any kind
  • industrial wastes
  • prohibited wastes
  • controlled wastes
  • and, trade wastes


Other Recycling

Recycling services are provided by the North Coast Regional District (NCRD) and are funded through taxation and the sale of recyclables. (read more...)


The Prince Rupert landfill is located on the Ridley Island Access Road, East on Highway 16. (read more...)