Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste

The City of Duncan is committed to achieving our community’s target of zero-waste. Please continue to help us reduce, reuse and recycle.

The City of Duncan picks up recycling, organics, and garbage with its own crews. Recyclables are picked up every other week on your collection day; organics are picked up every week on your collection day. Recycling bags, stickers for cans, and calendars can be picked up from City Hall, 200 Craig Street at no charge.

Please note: refuse and recyclables must be out by 7:30 a.m. on your collection day

2016 Garbage, Recycling, Yard Waste & Glass Collection Calendar & Brochure


Recyclables are to be placed in the yellow reusable bags which will be supplied for your continued use or in a can 24″ x 18″ with a “recycle” sticker affixed to it.

Yellow bags are reusable. Please fasten a weight to the bottom of them or find some method to keep your bag from blowing away.

Containers other than the bags can be used but they may be no larger than 18″ x 24″, must weigh less than 50 lbs (23 kg), and be clearly marked RECYCLING. An easy way is to attach the provided recycling bag to the container. Corrugated cardboard like packing boxes must be flattened & tied in bundles.

Please note: refuse and recyclables must be out by 7:30 a.m. on your collection day.

For a list of unacceptable materials please refer to the City of Duncan Garbage, Recyclables and Organics Collection Bylaw No. 3094.


Step 1 – Collect food waste and compostable items for disposal into a 100% compostable bag (optional). All bags must have the compostable logo on the packaging (plastic, biodegradable or degradable bags are not accepted).

Step 2 – Empty the compostable bag into your Green Curbside Tote with latching lid.

Step 3 – Place Green Curbside Tote out for collection every week.

Glass and Yard Waste

City of Duncan residents can put out glass and yard waste on their first collection day of the month from April to November. Cowichan Valley residents can also dump their yard waste for free at the Bings Creek site year round. Call Bings Creek at 250-746-2540 for more information.

Backyard Burning

Backyard burning has been completely banned in the City of Duncan for a number of years.

Helpful Phone Numbers

  • Public Works Yard… 250-746-5321
  • Bings Creek Depot… 250-746-2540
  • CVRD Recycling… 250-746-2540
  • For more information about the region’s waste management plan, please visit CVRD’s website.