Recycling and Garbage

The City of Courtenay’s solid waste collection service is aimed at reducing the volume of landfill waste by diverting reclaimable materials at the curb. The service currently addresses three solid waste streams: recyclables, non-recyclables, and yard waste organics.

The City's basic level of service is intended to help reduce the amount of waste collected at the curb.  Residents are limited to one (1) garbage container per week; residents are required to pay for the collection of additional garbage containers. The collection of recyclables and yard waste at the curb has no limit on volume. If you would like to add additional garbage containers to your service, please refer to "Fees" below.


Curbside collection is scheduled by area, from Tuesday through Friday. Garbage and yard waste are collected weekly, while recycling occurs on bi-weekly basis. Please consult the City’s Residential Waste Collection Program pamphlet for details.


Curbside collection of household organics is not currently available in the City of Courtenay. Please consult the Comox Valley Regional District for more information.


Solid Waste Collection Service fees are set in the City of Courtenay Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1673 [PDF - 86 KB], 1992. Fees and charges for curbside collection are assessed annually along with property taxes. For current rates, please refer to the bylaw or contact Financial Services at or (250) 334-4441.

Things to Remember

  • Containers must be set out for collection in a way that does not block vehicle or pedestrian traffic – do not place receptacles on the sidewalk or road
  • On collection day, containers must be put out by 8 AM and must be taken in by 6 PM
  • Waste collection is permitted to occur between the hours of 7 AM and 8 PM – this refers to multi-family, commercial and industrial sites where bins and toters are in use