Black Cart - Landfill Materials

Black Cart Basics

Be Bear Aware

Did you know? Garbage is the attractant in 50% of problem bear calls in BC. Food-conditioned bears are a safety threat to both bears and humans. We need to eliminate the attraction of garbage and organic waste.

Bear going through garbage

To protect bears and other wildlife please:

  • Do not set carts out the night before.
  • Place carts at the curb between 5 and 8 am on the morning of your scheduled collection day.
  • Remove carts from the curb after collection, no later than 9 pm. 
  • Store carts in a secure location such as a garage or shed, especially if you live in/close to wildlife habitat.

Hundreds of bears are euthanized in B.C. each year due to human-wildlife conflicts. Placing carts out the night before collection day is an offence under the BC Wildlife Act. Bear sightings in urban areas should be reported to the Conservation Officer Service (1-877-952-7277).



Accepted Black Cart Materials

Not Accepted Black Cart Materials

  • Animal Carcasses
  • Ashes
  • Automotive/Marine Batteries
  • Automotive Parts or Tires
  • Biomedical Waste
  • Branches and Logs
  • Dead Animals
  • Demolition or Construction Waste
  • Electronics
  • Engine Oil/Oil Filters
  • Excess Organics (including food or yard waste)
  • Excess Recycling
  • Excessive Pet Waste
  • Oversized Items (more than 60cm in any dimension)
  • Paint, Solvents, or other Hazardous Materials
  • Pathological Waste
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceuticals and Medications
  • Raw Sewage or Septic Tank Sludge
  • Soil/Sod/Rocks
  • Solid/Semi-solid Grease
  • Trade or Industrial Waste
  • Wood/Wood Refuse
  • Unbagged Dust
  • Uncontained Liquids


    What happens to the Black Cart materials once they are collected?

    Click here to find out!

    My Black Cart is always full. What can I do?

    Are you effectively utilizing your Blue and Green Carts? Are you certain everything you are sorting into your Black Cart are actually accepted materials? Many household items must be taken to an appropriate drop-off location in order to be disposed of. 

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    If you feel that you are using your Blue Cart, Green Cart, and Black Cart effectively and still require additional collection of landfill materials click here for Cart Exchange Options. 

    Contact Us

    Public Works Department 250-758-5222

    Zero Waste 250-756-5390
    Monday to Friday | 8:00 - 4:30

    Last updated: August 9, 2023

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