Garbage, Recycling, Organics, Yard Waste & Glass

The City of Duncan is committed to achieving our community’s target of zero-waste. Please continue to help us reduce, reuse and recycle. Download the 2016 Garbage, Recycling, Yard Waste & Glass Collection Calendar & Brochure.

Recycling bags, stickers for cans, and calendars can be picked up, free of charge, at City Hall (200 Craig Street) or the Public Works Yard (1091 Marchmont Road).

Garbage, recyclables, organics and yard waste must be out by 7:30 a.m. on your collection day.

Garbage

Garbage is collected every other week on your scheduled collection day (see the Garbage Collection Map to find out your collection route).

Each household is permitted ONE (1) 77L can weighing no more than 50lbs/22kg.  The weight limit ensures operators can lift without risk of injury and encourages the use of the organics and recycling programs.

Additional garbage stickers can be purchased for $2 each at City Hall (200 Craig Street).  Each garbage sticker can be used for ONE extra 77L can, up to 50lbs/22kg in weight.  A can MUST be used for the extra garbage (loose bags will not be collected).  If the sticker will not adhere to the can, please remove the lid and adhere the sticker to the top of the bag in plain view.

Recycling

Unlimited household recyclables are collected every other week on your scheduled collection day. Recyclables can be placed at the curb for collection in either containers or bags:

Bags Unlimited accepted recyclables can be collected in the yellow recycling bags provided by the City or in large CLEAR bags.  ALL BAGS MUST BE LEFT OPEN/UNTIED.  Yellow recycling bags are available, free of charge, at City Hall (200 Craig Street) or the Public Works Yard (1091 Marchmont Road).
Containers Unlimited accepted recyclables can be collected in reusable containers or bins.  While the number of containers or bins permitted is unlimited, each container or bin must be no larger than 77L and weigh no more than 50lbs/22kgs.  All containers or bins must be clearly marked as recycling.  Yellow recycling stickers are available, free of charge, at City Hall (200 Craig Street) or the Public Works Yard (1091 Marchmont Road).
Cardboard Corrugated cardboard, including packing boxes, must be flattened and tied in bundles.

Organics

Step 1 Collect food waste and compostable items in a Kitchen Catcher, lining it with a 100% compostable bag is optional.  All bags must have the compostable logo on the packaging (plastic, biodegradable or degradable bags are not acceptable).
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.

Yard Waste & Glass

Yard waste & glass is collected on the first collection day of each month from March to December (no collection in January or February). The following can be placed at the curb for yard waste and/or glass collection:

Yard Waste Up to ten (10) compostable bags or reusable bins of yard waste no larger than 77L and weighing no more than 50lbs/22kg.
Sticks Up to two (2) bundles of sticks no longer than 3 feet and no larger than 2 inches in diameter.  Bundles of sticks must be tied with cotton string and not exceed 50lbs/22kg in weight.
Glass  Unlimited glass.  Glass must be unbroken, clean and contained in a bin.

Cowichan Valley residents can also dispose of yard waste for free at the Bings Creek Transfer Station, year round. For more information, please contact Bings Creek at 250-746-2540.

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 website.