Do you have trouble remembering your neighbourhood's garbage pick-up day?
Use our web app to schedule garbage collection and recycling reminders.
RecycleBC operates curbside recycling on behalf of the City of Prince George.
Visit RecycleBC's website for more information on recycling.
Landfills & Transfer Stations
Garbage Cart Exchange
Need to upsize or downsize your garbage cart? Contact the Service Centre for more information:
Apply for a Cart Credit
If you do not want a garbage cart stored on your property, you may apply for a cart credit.
Phone: 311 (or 250-561-7600 outside city limits)
Need to report a problem? Submit a service request online.
Keep Your Property and Local Wildlife Safe
Make sure your property and garbage carts are secured against foraging wildlife like bears, especially during the spring and autumn months.
Store your cart in a properly enclosed area like a garage or shed and place your cart outside between 4:00am and 7:00am on collection day.
Do NOT overfill carts. Overloaded carts will not be emptied.
- Make sure lids are completed closed.
- Store your garbage in a bear-resistant location such as a garage or shed.
- Place cart outside between 4:00am and 7:00am on collection day.
- Remove carts and recycling carts from curbside by 7:00pm.
- Keep a distance of two metres between carts and vehicles.
The following items will not be collected for disposal:
- Animal carcasses
- Automobile tires
- Gypsum (drywall)
- Hazardous materials (e.g. pesticides)
- Lead-acid batteries (e.g. car batteries)
- Paints, solvents, or any liquids
- Propane tanks or cylinders
- Televisions or computer monitors
- Used oil or oil filters
For more information on properly disposing of other materials:
Help for Physically Disabled Residents
Residents who have a permanent physical disability and have difficulty moving their cart to the collection point without help from another person may contact the City of Prince George to apply for the Set Out/Set Back service.
City Crews will assist by moving carts to the collection point and return them once they have been emptied. Complete following the application form and return it to City Hall.
Garbage Collection Reminders
What's in Our Trash?
The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George conducted a waste audit in 2018 to learn more about what an average single-family household in Prince George throws away. Auditors collected and analysed 20 residential waste samples, each weighing 100 kilograms, and found plastics were the second largest (at 18.08 per cent) contributor by mass to overall trash composition.
Non-recyclable plastic films,
which include plastic bags, were the top non-recyclable forms of plastic that ended up at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill.
Do your part to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills. Recycle all recyclables and cut down on single-use plastics.
For more information:
Garbage Cart RFIDs
What is a RFID tag?
RFID tags use radio frequency technology to keep track of objects. These tags are often used on airline luggage, tickets, or retail store items.
Once installed, the garbage cart RFID tags will not change how residents use their carts or alter the way the carts are put out on collection days.
Prince George has over 23,000 residential garbage carts in use throughout the city. RFID tag benefits include:
- Helping increase collection route efficiency.
- Lessening the city's carbon footprint.
- Making sure no garbage cart is missed on collection day.
- Helping keep recyclables out of landfills.
The City collects photos of household garbage cart infractions such as overflowing carts, which do not meet the City of Prince George Garbage Collection Regulation Bylaw No. 7661, 2004. These photos are collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information collected through the RFID tags are stored by the City on a secure server and any captured personal content such as people or vehicles are blurred out to protect privacy.
If you have any questions about the collected photos please contact the Manager of Parks and Solid Waste Services.
Costs and Funding
Implementing the RFID system costs around $10 per cart. Project funding comes from the City's Capital Expenditure Plan.