Recycling

 

Residents who receive regular residential household garbage pickup can also have their blue recycling bags picked up. There is no limit to the number of blue bags that can be put out for pick up, and they do not need an orange garbage tag. Blue bags can be purchased at most stores where garbage bags are sold.

Garbage & Recycling Collection Schedule 2017

Garbage and recycling will be picked up between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Residential Garbage & Recycling Pickup Map


To ensure your Blue Bag recycling is picked up, please note:

  • Blue Bags must not weigh more than 20kgs (44lbs)                                         
  • Blue Bags must not be larger than 66cm X 97cm (26" X 38")
  • Recycling bags must be transparent.
  • Only permitted recycling items are allowed. For a complete list, click here.
  • Food-grade rigid plastics displaying the # 1, 2,3, 4, 5 or 7 will be accepted. #6 packaging (such as foam take-out containers and meat trays) is not accepted.
  • Blue bags cannot contain any glass, Styrofoam, or plastic bags and other soft plastics (such as plastic food wrapping or grocery bags).

For a quick reference guide and tips on garbage and recycling, please click here.

What can I put in my blue bag?

  • Dry mixed paper (magazines, inserts, junk mail, paper bags, envelopes, paper egg cartons, phone books, catalogues, box board, cereal boxes, etc.)
  • Dry newspaper
  • Dry flattened cardboard (maximum size 30-by-30 inches or 78-by-78 cm), staples and tape okay.
  • Numbered rigid plastics. Look for the recycle symbol on the container. The container must have that symbol if it is to be accepted. Most food-grade rigid plastics with #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 are acceptable. These include toiletry and cleaning containers, margarine and yogurt containers, food and drink containers and plastic milk jugs.
  • Metal food and beverage cans and containers.

Please empty, rinse and flatten (if possible) all containers and cans before including them in the blue bag. Remove paper labels when possible and include as mixed paper. Always ensure that the blue bag is securely tied or fastened shut.

What do I do with items that are NOT accepted in the Blue Bag program?

  • Glass - RDCK recycling depots have bins on site to accept glass for recycling (food and beverage containers only).
  • Styrofoam - There is no recycling option for Styrofoam at this time.
  • Plastic Film/Bags - Grocery bags and soft plastics can be deposited at some local retailers such as Save-On Foods or Walmart and  the RDCK Depots.
  • Juice Cartons (Tetrapaks) - Take these to the bottle depot for refund.
  • CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) – Nelson Hydro customers may bring used CFLs to Home Hardware Building Centre, 101 McDonald Drive or Hipperson Hardware, 395 Baker Street
  • Electronics - visit the Nelson Leafs Depot.
  • Organics - If possible, please compost.

Putting garbage in blue bags and including it into the recycling stream is considered illegal dumping and is subject to a financial penalty. Nelson residents who include garbage in their blue bags will not have their blue bags picked up.

Blue bag materials are taken to Cranbrook for sorting and processing. Materials—including the blue bags—are baled and sold to markets in BC, Alberta, the U.S., and Asia.

If you have any questions please call the City of Nelson at 352-8238 or the BC Recycling hotline at 1-800-667-4321.

 

 

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