Recycling (Blue Cart) 

Remember to place your carts at the curbside by 8 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.  Read more Cart Placement guidelines here.  Check your “Collection Calendar” to confirm your collection schedule. 


COVID-19 Advisory - Please follow Safe Waste practices by securely bagging and disposing the following items in the Black Cart (garbage):

  • Cleaning cloths and disposable wipes - even those listed as flushable/compostable
  • Used Kleenex
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Face masks & gloves
  • Any other similar sanitary items

Blue Cart set out basics:

  • Ensure lids are fully closed
  • Empty and rinse containers
  • Keep items loose
    • DO NOT bag recyclables, including paper bags
    • DO NOT nest items of different materials inside one another
  • Rinse, squish and flatten before placing in cart
  • Remove any tape, string, ribbon or other contaminants

Remember to take all beverage containers to a Return-It Depot for a refund.

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Materials Accepted in the Blue Recycling Cart

Paper
Paper Packaging and Cardboard
Plastic Containers
Cartons and Paper Cups
Steel and Aluminum Containers

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Recycling

These items are not accepted in the Blue Recycling Cart

Take To Depot

Find the locations that accept these depot-only recyclables using our Waste Wizard.

Nanaimo Recycles

Contact Us

Public Works Department 250-758-5222
public.worksinfo@nanaimo.ca

Zero Waste 250-756-5390
Monday to Friday | 8:00 - 4:30
Zero.Waste@nanaimo.ca

Last updated: October 4, 2021

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