Puzzled about your garbage pickup schedule? Here’s a bit of help


Garbage pickup schedules are online, though you have to dig a little to find them.

Here are direct links to garbage and recycling schedule information for the 13 municipalities in the capital region. And, a reminder: If your garbage bin is overfilled, it might not be emptied. The municipalities that offer pickup all sell stickers for extra garbage.

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[A reader points out that with the Capital Regional District, Saanich and Victoria, you can receive notifications about pickup day via email, text, voicemail or Twitter. Details about how to sign up are in the links below.]

The Capital Regional District has the recycling schedule for everyone, except Oak Bay, here.

Garbage schedules for:




Oak Bay (also recycling)

View Royal

Sidney (plus, there's a PDF with more details)

These municipalities do not offer garbage pickup. Residents have to arrange disposal through a private firm or visit the landfill themselves. But the municipalities all offer a bit of guidance.





North Saanich

Central Saanich


Our Saanich neighbourhood, and I suspect many other neighbourhoods, was confused this past week about garbage and recycling pickup because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Most households on our street rolled their garbage and kitchen scrap bins out to the curb on Wednesday, which has been pickup day in 2014. But the trucks didn’t come around that day, which was New Year’s Eve.

I knew they wouldn’t come because I downloaded the garbage schedule for 2015 from the Saanich website, which says our pickup day has been switched to every other Monday, with the first pickup of 2015 on Jan. 5.

But I rolled out our bins anyway, just in case. Yes, I was following the crowd.

Many of the bins have stayed at the curb since Wednesday, in just-in-case mode.

The same thing has happened with recycling, though to a lesser degree. Our usual recycling day is Thursdays. But that was New Year’s Day, so it sort of made sense that there would no pickup. And there wasn’t. For people with Thursday pickups, the pickup day was shifted to Saturday — today. Pickup day will then return to Thursdays until at least April.


I don’t remember getting a printed recycling schedule in my mailbox, nor one for garbage. The neighbours apparently didn’t get them either, which would explain all the confusion.

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