Campbell River now accepts food and yard waste year round as part of the weekly curbside collection program. The curbside organics collection program allows residents to divert food and yard waste from the landfill.

Why are we diverting organic waste?

By composting organic materials such as food and yard waste, we can extend the lifespan of the regional landfill while creating high-quality, nutrient-rich fertilizer.

See our FAQ below on how to participate in organics curbside collection.

Organics Collection Made Easy: The Campbell River Recycles app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Sign up for Curbside Collection reminders today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Organics: Curbside Collection for Food and Yard Waste

  • WHAT ORGANIC MATERIALS ARE ACCEPTED?

  • WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTED FOR ORGANICS COLLECTION?

  • HOW DO I PACKAGE ORGANIC WASTE FOR COLLECTION?

  • WHEN ARE MY ORGANICS COLLECTED?

  • WHAT TIME DO MY ORGANIC MATERIALS HAVE TO BE OUT ON THE CURB?

  • WHAT IS THE COLLECTION LIMIT AND MAXIMUM SIZE FOR ORGANICS CONTAINERS?

  • I HAVE MORE THAN 360 LITRES OF YARD WASTE. WHAT CAN I DO?

  • WHY IS THERE A 360 LITRE LIMIT?

  • HOW DO I LIMIT PEST AND WILDLIFE CONTACT?

  • WHAT QUALIFIES AS AN ORGANICS BAG, AND WHY DO THEY NEED TO BE LABELLED AS COMPOSTABLE?

  • WHAT IF I ALREADY COMPOST AT HOME?

  • WHY ARE SOME PAPER AND COTTON PRODUCTS NOT ACCEPTED?

  • Who is eligible for curbside organics collection?

  • How much will the expanded service cost?

  • WHY DON’T WE MOVE TO A CART BASED COLLECTION PROGRAM?

The more you know: Community Incentives

Composting – The curbside collection program is great for even the most avid at-home composters. Our Organics initiative collects a broad range of compostable items that cannot be fully composted at home.

Illegal Dumping Dangers – Incorrectly disposed of food and yard waste has a serious impact on our environment and biodiversity conservation. Piles of yard waste attract rats and pests that spread disease, and can be a significant fuel risk for fires if dry. Dumped yard waste can also smother seedlings, carry plant disease, introduce invasive species, and can cause nitrogen deficiencies in the soil that kill native plants. Learn more about Illegal Dumping.