Castlegar Introducing a New Waste Management System

City of Castlegar
By City of Castlegar
July 7th, 2023

The City of Castlegar is introducing a new waste management system that will reduce garbage sent to the landfill by separating your household waste into three streams: organics, recycling and garbage.

Starting Aug. 21, your green-lidded large garbage cart will become the organics cart.  You’ll be able to toss food scraps and yard trimmings into the organics cart for weekly curbside pick up. A new, smaller garbage cart with a grey lid, along with a program guide and everything you need to know, will be delivered at the end of July.

“We’re excited to bring residents this new service which aligns with waste reduction goals outlined in the Regional District of Central Kootenay Resource Recovery Plan, the City’s Official Community Plan, and our commitment to Renewable Energy by 2050,” says Director of Municipal Services, Chris Hallam. “We don’t have limitless space in our landfills – keeping organic waste out of the garbage frees up much-needed capacity and reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions.”

The introduction of weekly curbside organics collection means less garbage and less smell. The new waste management system will see organics collected weekly while recycling and garbage will continue to be collected every other week. More organics + more recycling = less garbage! On average, organic waste makes up 40% of household garbage.

All residential properties, including single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and City approved multi-family sites serviced by shared commercial bins are included in the program. If you have a set of garbage and recycling carts that are collected by the City, your household is included.


Doing a yard clean up and have too much material for your organics cart? Residents can drop off excess yard waste at the City’s Yard Waste Composting Site, located at 2101 6th Avenue, Castlegar (Castlegar + District Community Complex).


As your household adapts to the new collection system, we encourage you to monitor your solid waste levels for at least three months before considering it necessary to get an additional garbage cart. If you’re still regularly exceeding the garbage cart capacity and are unable to take any extra to the landfill, a second garbage cart can be purchased. This comes with additional fees for the extra cart, a one-time administration fee, and an additional annual collection fee.


Find frequently asked questions, the new collection schedule and information on what can and can’t go into carts at castlegar.ca/curbside.

Residents can also contact our Solid Waste + Organics Ambassador at 250 365 5979 or curbside@castlegar.ca.

The City of Castlegar is a service centre in the West Kootenay. The diversified and growing economy is focused on the forestry, energy and mining sectors in the valley, and commercial services in the City. Quality of life features backcountry adventure and an increasingly dynamic urban culture, including the Millennium Park & Ponds and Sculpture Walk.

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