Recycling (Blue Cart) 


July 2020 News Release

Increased cardboard creating curbside collection service disruptions

Residents asked to ensure cardboard is flattened and meets size requirements

Click here to read the full news release



  • 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 cart

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

Collection Carts


Blue Cart set out basics:

  • Ensure lids are fully closed
  • Empty and rinse containers
  • Keep items loose
    • DO NOT bag recyclables
    • 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 Packaging and Cardboard
Plastic Containers
Cartons and Paper Cups
Steel and Aluminum Containers

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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.

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

Sort Toss Roll Inquiries on Zero Waste | Sorting Recyclables and Organics
Monday to Friday | 8:00 - 4:30

Last updated: July 30, 2020

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