Nanaimo takes a very progressive approach toward its garbage and recycling pickup, and all residents are expected to know the guidelines. The city collects three different containers of waste from residental units:
There are lots of items and materials that are not picked up by the city:
Most paper and plastic items can be put into a recycling container and left at the side of the road on the morning of pickup day. Everything should be rinsed clean, and reasonably dry.
In order to reduce our dependence on the "landfill", a roadside compost pickup program was implemented in 2011, and it has been extremely successful. You can place all kinds of organic materials (including bones and paper) into a plastic green bin which is placed at the roadside like a garbage can. The waste is turned into a rich soil at a facility near Duke Point.
The city will remove one "can" of miscellaneous waste every two weeks. This will usually include your bathroom waste (tissues, diapers, pads) and soiled meat packaging from the kitchen. Many families recycle so effectively that they do not even produce a full can for the bi-weekly pickup.
Includes nearly all pop/beer/juice/water/wine/spirits containers. These can be returned to any supermarket or depot, or simply placed by the roadside in a clean plastic bag, to be picked up by someone who collects these "empties" for an income. These containers cannot be placed in the garbage.
Glass bottles are only refundable when they were beverage containers. Jars and bottles that came with sauces, condiments, pickled items, peanut butter, etc., must be taken to a recycling depot. These containers cannot be placed in the garbage.
You should have one more bin for collecting items like these (see below). This container must be brought to the depot to be sorted, but fortunately, this only needs to be done about once per year.
Conversations on our forums about recycling in Nanaimo:
If you want to hire someone to remove your junk or waste, try the Got Junk? people.