Organics collection begins April 17, 2023 and will cover both food and yard waste, year round.
Please do not put organics in your yard waste, or put your green bin out for collection, before April 17.

Yard waste collection will become “Organics” this spring as the City begins accepting food waste during the current weekly curbside yard waste collection program. Kitchen collection bins with an informational brochure have been delivered to households receiving municipal curbside collection.

More information will be provided here in the coming weeks.

Register for email, text or telephone reminders about curbside collection notices and schedule changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yard Waste FAQs

  • When is my yard waste collected?

  • What time does yard waste have to be out?

  • What yard waste materials will be accepted?

  • How do I package yard waste for collection?

  • Is there a maximum size for the yard waste container?

  • I have too much material to fit into a can or bag!

  • Labelling Containers

  • What are yard waste bags and why do they need to be labeled as compostable?


Composting – Nearly 35 per cent of the material dumped in our landfill is biodegradable waste that produces methane due to decomposition in anaerobic conditions. Methane is a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide – a major contributor to climate change. Home composting can easily divert organic waste into useful fertilizer for your garden. It’s a convenient disposal mechanism for kitchen scraps, leaves and other yard waste. There are many options available including apartment-sized worm bins, self-contained units (pictured) and permanent sectional garden structures. For information on starting your own compost, the Campbell River Compost Education Centre is open from April to October.

Curbside Collection – Weekly curbside yard waste collection is available throughout the spring and summer. Program start and dates are listed above. Outdoor trimmings and leaves are accepted, along with sod and small amounts of soil. Kitchen waste, animal feces and non-biodegradable materials are not accepted.  Material will need to be placed in either compostable bags or clearly-labeled open-top rigid containers (max 80L). 

Illegal Dumping Dangers –  While biodegradable, incorrectly disposed yard waste has a serious impact on our environment and biodiversity conservation.  Piles of yard waste attract rats and pests that spread disease and venture into our homes.  It only takes one spark to ignite dried out piles of branches and prunings. Dumped yard waste smothers seedlings, carries plant disease, and causes nitrogen deficiencies in the soil that can kill native plants.  Not only are non-native species like Scotch Broom introduced from yard waste, dumping creates “dead zones” that become entry points for invasive species.  Read more... 


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