The Citys solid waste collection bylaw limits the size, type, quantity, weight, and location of garbage containers put out for curbside collection on collection day.

Maximum Size: 60 cm x 90 cm (24" x 36")

Type: plastic, rubber or galvanized steel

Quantity: one (1) can per premises

Maximum Weight: of a 121 litre (26.6 gallon) can - 20 kg (44 lbs)

Maximum Weight: of a 50 litre garbage can - 16 kg (35 lbs)

Location: back of sidewalk, within reach of the roadway where it does not create a hazard

Important Change to Garbage Collection:

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


Extra Garbage Bag Stickers

Up to four (4) extra garbage bags with stickers are permitted at the curb each week. Tags are available for purchase from Courtenay City Hall, 830 Cliffe Avenue, during business hours. Please contact or call 250-334-4441 for current sticker price.

What do I do if my garbage is missed?

If your garbage was not picked up and there is no sticker on the receptacle telling you why, please contact City of Courtenay Public Works Services at 250-338-1525 or email   

Things to remember

  • No yard waste or recyclable materials are allowed in your garbage can
  • Construction materials, wood waste, vehicle parts or scrap metal, dead animals, hot ashes, tires, batteries, paints, or special wastes as defined by the bylaw, are not acceptable for curbside collection
  • Garbage must be at the curbside by 8:00am on your collection day, including statutory holidays (except Christmas Day and New Years Day)