Recycling (Blue Cart) 

  • Black garbage carts are collected every two weeks
  • Green organics carts are collected weekly
  • Blue recyclable carts are picked up on alternating weeks with your black cartCollection Carts

Remember to place your carts at the curbside by 8 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

*Ensure carts are not too full so that the lids can close.

Keep items loose - do NOT bag items and 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.

What you can put in your recycling

  • Corrugated cardboard must be cut/flattened to a maximum 2' x 2' (60 cm x 60 cm), including "clean" pizza boxes
  • Aluminum containers, ie: pie plates, take out containers, food trays and pet food containers
  • Plastic containers including detergent bottles, yogurt, shampoo, margarine, and milk jugs, to-go drink cups & lids and bowls, etc.
  • Aseptic containers for soup, broth, almond and & soy milks, etc.
  • Printed paper including newspaper, inserts & magazines, junk mail, gift wrap, cereal boxes and egg cartons, paper towel cores, flour & sugar bags etc.
  • Aerosol cans & caps for whipping cream, air fresheners, shaving cream and hairspray
  • Steel containers and foil, ie: soup cans, lids and clean aluminum foil
  • Paper packaging for liquids & dry items, ie: milk cartons, fast food paper, drink cups & take out packaging, ice cream cartons and spiral wound cans for juice concentrates and potato chips.
  • Clam shells, ie: strawberry & blueberry containers and bakery items
  • Seedling trays and plant pots

Shredded Paper

Shredded paper must be placed in a transparent bag tied at the top and put inside your blue cart.

Please take these items to a recycling depot

Take To Depot

Nanaimo Recycles

Are you looking for a detailed list of the paper and packaging items accepted in your blue recycling cart? Visit the Recycle BC What Can I Recycle? page to learn about all the items accepted and not accepted in the blue cart.  You can also find recycling information in French, Korean, Chinese and Punjabi.

Contact Us

Public Works Department 250-758-5222

Sort Toss Roll Zero Waste, Organics and Recycling Inquiries

Last updated: March 25, 2020

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