The City's solid waste collection bylaw limits the frequency, size, type, quantity, weight, and location of collection containers put out for curbside collection on collection day. Try out the Waste Wizard to find out the best way to recycle or dispose of your materials.

Curbside Collection Details:

Frequency: Weekly, sign up for reminders by email, phone call or notification through the Courtenay Collects app.
Type: plastic, rubber or galvanized steel
Quantity: one (1) can per residential household
Maximum Size:  121 litre (26.6 gallon)
Maximum Weight: 20 kg (44 lbs)
Location: back of sidewalk, within reach of the roadway where it does not create a hazard to traffic, pedestrians or bike lanes.

Please ensure all materials are at the curbside by 8:00 am on your collection day.

Not accepted in the garbage

  • yard waste
  • recyclable materials
  • construction materials, wood waste
  • vehicle parts or scrap metal
  • dead animals
  • batteries
  • compressed gas cylinders 
  • needles and sharps
  • pharmaceuticals 
  • paints

Unsure how to dispose of an item, check the Waste Wizard!

Extra Garbage Bag Stickers

  • Up to four (4) extra garbage bags with stickers are permitted at the curb each week with a maximum volume of 200 litres of garbage.
  • Stickers 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