Reasons your cart may have been missed:
Winter weather and unexpected events
The City aims to maintain continuity in providing curbside collection during all weather conditions. However, poor road conditions due to winter weather events can limit or cancel collection. Safety of our workers and all other road users is a top priority. Additionally, curbside collection crews may be delegated to other tasks in case of arising emergency situations across the City.
Curbside collection customers are encouraged to sign up for Service Alerts to learn about any delays or cancellations affecting collection in their route. Use the My Schedule tool on the City website or on the Nanaimo Recycles app. Download the free app on the App Store or Google Play.
Overflowing or excess material in cart
Carts that are overfilled or with open lids will not be collected. This is important as carts with open lids have a high probability of breaking due to the mechanical arms on the automated truck. Materials may also spill onto the streets as the cart is emptied/tipped into the truck. All waste must fit inside the carts provided and the lids need to close completely; material placed on top or outside of the carts will NOT be collected.
Cart is blocked
If your cart is blocked by an obstacle like a car, tree, fence or other cart, the collection truck will not be able to access and service your cart. This is to prevent damage to vehicles or private property. Ensure proper spacing between the carts and all other obstacles.
Cart did not empty completely
Organic materials such a large amounts of damp grass clippings may sometimes get stuck in the bottom of the bin and may not fully empty. Follow the tips below:
- Line the bottom and sides of your organics cart with newspaper.
- Avoid packing contents down.
- Layer wet and dry organic materials in your cart.
- Use paper leaf and garden bags.
Ensure the carts are at least:
- 1 metre (3 feet) away from any object (light pole, fence, hydrant, tree, or other carts);
- 3 metres (10 feet) of clearance above the cart; and
Please remove or cut back any hedges or branches to provide clearance for our collection crews. Wherever possible, place carts on opposite sides of the driveway.
Place your carts so that they open toward the street – the arrow on the lid should point toward the centre lane or street (the handle will be facing your property). The wheels should be against the edge of the curb. Please do not place on sidewalk, as it will block pedestrian walkability or wheelchair access.