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. Curbside collection includes garbage, recycling, and yard waste.

Households are permitted one (1) garbage container per week.


Curbside Collection Schedule Changes in Courtenay Start January 1


Frequently Asked Questions: Collection Schedule Changes



Courtenay Collects


Curbside collection is scheduled by area, from Tuesday through Friday. Garbage and yard waste are collected weekly, while recycling occurs on bi-weekly basis.

2020 Waste Collection Guide [PDF - 1 MB]

Starting January 1, 2021, the curbside collection schedule is changing. 

These changes are needed because the regional landfill operated by Comox Strathcona Waste Management will be closing on statutory holidays starting in 2021. The City of Courtenay is also redistributing collection zones and adding an additional collection zone due to overall community growth.

To accommodate these changes, the City of Courtenay is moving to a new “Add-A-Day” collection calendar. Curbside pickup will shift by one weekday after every statutory holiday. “Day” of pickup will become “zone number” as collection days shift throughout the year.

Preview your 2021 collection schedule with Courtenay Collects.

No Loose Items

To protect waste collection workers, all waste for roadside pickup must be bagged and securely tied - no loose items should be placed in curbside garbage containers. Your garbage will not be collected if there are loose unbagged items. Please properly bag items and place your garbage back out on your next garbage collection day.

For further information about missed collection call Public Works Services at 250-338-1525.

For more information on changes to regional waste service during the COVID-19 pandemic visit

Please note: Recycling and Yard Waste are not affected by this change.

Extra Garbage Bag Stickers

Normally up to four (4) extra garbage bags with stickers are permitted at the curb each week. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Courtenay and our collection contractor Emterra are requesting that households temporarily limit extra bags to one (1) each week to reduce impacts on our collection crews and the landfill. Thank you for your understanding.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Hall is temporarily closed for the purchase of additional garbage tags.  Please call  Public Works Services at 250-338-1525 for additional garbage tag inquiries. Payment may be made via cheque or Electronic Fund Transfer, and stickers will be sent by Canada Post.