Preparing for Curbside Recycling

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The City is offering curbside recycling collection service beginning January 1, 2022!

The City of Prince Rupert is pleased to announce that it will be providing curbside recycling pickup service to residents beginning in January of 2022. The City has been working towards the introduction of this program for several years, and is excited to be launching this new service for residents.

Details of the program and answers to common questions are included below, and can also be found at http://www.princerupert.ca/recycling.


When will curbside pickup for recyclables begin?

All eligible households will begin receiving curbside service beginning the week of January 1st, 2022. The collection service will collect both your garbage and recycling waste on your assigned collection day. Please note that for 2022, the collection areas and schedule have changed. You can see the 2022 area map and schedule at http://www.princerupert.ca/services/garbage_recycling.

What kinds of materials will be collected?

The City’s curbside recycling program will collect all paper, metal, and rigid plastic consumer print and packaging materials. This includes newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, and cartons, as well as aluminum, tin, steel, and hard plastic containers. A visual guide to the included materials and the most common excluded materials is included below.

Soft plastics (like plastic bags and overwrap material) glass, Styrofoam and hazardous materials (such as propane canisters, batteries, paint, or biological waste) will not be collected. Many of these excluded materials will continue to be accepted at the North Coast Regional District Recycling Depot. Please check https://www.ncrdbc.com/services/waste/recycling to see what materials can be accepted directly at the depot outside of the curbside pickup program.

Not sure what goes where? The City has partnered with Recycle Coach to offer residents access to their helpful schedule and sorting tools. Look at your individual collection schedule, set reminders for your pickups, or use the "What Goes Where" tool by clicking on the link to the right.

Residents may request a larger garbage bin for their household

Beginning January 1st 2022, household garbage will only be collected if placed into the garbage bins provided by the City to residents. The City has heard from a number of residents who feel that they need more capacity for their weekly garbage collection than the default bin (120L) allows. To accommodate those residents, a larger (240L) bin can be delivered to those households who request one.

Before you request a larger bin, please be aware that additional fees will be applied to your solid waste account to cover the cost of the bin delivery and increased service level.

These fees are:

  • $10 one-time bin exchange fee
  • $100 surcharge on annual solid waste collection utility fee

The City recommends that all residents try to recycle as much of their waste as possible before requesting a larger bin.

Doing your part to recycle is not only good for the environment, but also significantly reduces expenses for the City and local taxpayers. The development, maintenance, and operation of the City landfill is very expensive, and so it’s important that we all do what we can to extend the life of those facilities as much as possible. The development of the latest landfill cell has cost the City and local taxpayers over $10 million dollars to construct, so extending the lifespan of that infrastructure by recycling is in everyone’s interest.

If you’re certain that you’d like a larger bin for your curbside garbage collection, please fill in the form below, and you’ll be added to the queue for replacement in early 2022. Please note that you’ll need to provide the serial number printed on your existing bin in order to complete your request, as shown here:

Request a Bin Upgrade

The City is offering curbside recycling collection service beginning January 1, 2022!

The City of Prince Rupert is pleased to announce that it will be providing curbside recycling pickup service to residents beginning in January of 2022. The City has been working towards the introduction of this program for several years, and is excited to be launching this new service for residents.

Details of the program and answers to common questions are included below, and can also be found at http://www.princerupert.ca/recycling.


When will curbside pickup for recyclables begin?

All eligible households will begin receiving curbside service beginning the week of January 1st, 2022. The collection service will collect both your garbage and recycling waste on your assigned collection day. Please note that for 2022, the collection areas and schedule have changed. You can see the 2022 area map and schedule at http://www.princerupert.ca/services/garbage_recycling.

What kinds of materials will be collected?

The City’s curbside recycling program will collect all paper, metal, and rigid plastic consumer print and packaging materials. This includes newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, and cartons, as well as aluminum, tin, steel, and hard plastic containers. A visual guide to the included materials and the most common excluded materials is included below.

Soft plastics (like plastic bags and overwrap material) glass, Styrofoam and hazardous materials (such as propane canisters, batteries, paint, or biological waste) will not be collected. Many of these excluded materials will continue to be accepted at the North Coast Regional District Recycling Depot. Please check https://www.ncrdbc.com/services/waste/recycling to see what materials can be accepted directly at the depot outside of the curbside pickup program.

Not sure what goes where? The City has partnered with Recycle Coach to offer residents access to their helpful schedule and sorting tools. Look at your individual collection schedule, set reminders for your pickups, or use the "What Goes Where" tool by clicking on the link to the right.

Residents may request a larger garbage bin for their household

Beginning January 1st 2022, household garbage will only be collected if placed into the garbage bins provided by the City to residents. The City has heard from a number of residents who feel that they need more capacity for their weekly garbage collection than the default bin (120L) allows. To accommodate those residents, a larger (240L) bin can be delivered to those households who request one.

Before you request a larger bin, please be aware that additional fees will be applied to your solid waste account to cover the cost of the bin delivery and increased service level.

These fees are:

  • $10 one-time bin exchange fee
  • $100 surcharge on annual solid waste collection utility fee

The City recommends that all residents try to recycle as much of their waste as possible before requesting a larger bin.

Doing your part to recycle is not only good for the environment, but also significantly reduces expenses for the City and local taxpayers. The development, maintenance, and operation of the City landfill is very expensive, and so it’s important that we all do what we can to extend the life of those facilities as much as possible. The development of the latest landfill cell has cost the City and local taxpayers over $10 million dollars to construct, so extending the lifespan of that infrastructure by recycling is in everyone’s interest.

If you’re certain that you’d like a larger bin for your curbside garbage collection, please fill in the form below, and you’ll be added to the queue for replacement in early 2022. Please note that you’ll need to provide the serial number printed on your existing bin in order to complete your request, as shown here:

Request a Bin Upgrade