NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Spring Garbage Tips
Now that spring is here, follow these helpful tips:
- Store your garbage in a bear-resistant location such as a garage or shed.
- Remove bear attractants such as bird feeders, fruit, and pet food and keep your BBQ clean.
- Residential carts should be at the curb by 8:00am, but no earlier than 4:00am on collection day.
- Properly bag all garbage before placing in the cart and make sure the lid is fully closed.
- Allow proper spacing (two metres) between the cart and other objects like vehicles or recycle bins.
- Keep a distance of two metres between carts and vehicles.
Do NOT overfill carts. Overloaded carts will not be emptied.
- Make sure lids are completed closed.
- Place cart out before 8:00am (no earlier than 4:00am) on collection day.
- Remove carts and recycling carts from curbside by 7:00pm.
2020-2021 Garbage Collection Schedule
The 2020-2021 garbage collection schedule and map is now available for download.
You can also use the
online scheduler to set collection day reminders, view zone pick-up days, and more.
Note: New to this year's calendar and map is the inclusion of emergency evacuation areas that match residential garbage collection zones.
LANDFILLS & TRANSFER STATIONS
Some items - including yard and garden waste - may be dropped off at local transfer stations, recycle depots, and at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill.
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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 other materials:
Garbage Cart RFIDs
The City is using a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system on household garbage carts to improve customer service and to track broken, overflowing, or missing carts.
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.
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.
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Create an Online Collection Schedule or Reminders
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The City of Prince George only provides garbage collection services and does not operate curbside recycling pick-up.
For more information on recycling, recycling schedules, and more:
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Garbage Cart Exchange and Cart Credit
There is a $30.00 container exchange fee to switch to a larger garbage cart. There is no fee to change to a smaller size. New home owners have a six month grace period to exchange containers without needing to pay the fee.
Contact the Service Centre at 311 for more information on exchanging carts.
A cart credit will be issued for residents who do not want a cart physically stored on their property.
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