Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste

The City of Penticton provides you important services to keep our community healthy and sustainable.

Curbside Garbage and Recycling Collection Calendar

For a full recycling list, download:

Garbage and Recycle Calendar:

2017-18 COP Calendar.pdf [PDF - 9.2 MB]

Materials List Recycle BC


Missed Collection? Garbage collection is a contracted service through Waste Connections of Canada. Please call them directly if your garbage was missed: 250-490-3888.

To ensure your garbage is collected, please place your garbage carts in their designated pick-up location by 7 a.m. on your usual collection day. Black-lid garbage carts will be collected every week, while yard waste and recycling will be collected bi-weekly. Please return the carts to your property within 18 hours of collection. Make sure your garbage will easily tip out into the garbage truck, and that the 120 Litre cart does not exceed 50kg (110lbs). To keep the inside of your cart clean, please bag all garbage prior to using the cart.

Need to put out more? Before upgrading your garbage cart or purchasing tag-a-bag stickers, find out if you can recycle more and free up some space in your garbage cart. Most printed paper and plastic packaging can be recycled by using your blue-lid recycle cart. More information on recycling can be found below, in your current Calendar, or at

If you’re recycling all you can but are still consistently filling your cart, you can upgrade your 120 Litre garbage cart to 240 Litres, increasing your annual rates by $112.00/year. If you occasionally find yourself with excess garbage, tag-a-bag stickers can be purchased for $3.50 at City Hall, City Yards, or the Community Centre, allowing you to put out one (1) additional bag per sticker.

Bear Smart Curbside Collection for City Residents

With bear, deer, and other wildlife (such as rats) living in and around the City of Penticton, it is important that we do our best to minimize the attractants that can cause wildlife to become habituated to food sources such as garbage. Too frequently, wildlife are destroyed because our attractants lure them out of their habitat and into yards. Please consider the following steps when preparing your garbage, recycling, and yard waste for collection:

  • Place your garbage at the curb no earlier than 5:00am on collection day, and remove the carts from curbside soon after collection.
  • Ensure your garbage cart lid is closed and the cart is stored in a clean, secure location. Consider storing your garbage cart in a secure enclosure.
  • Keep your carts clean and free of excess, smelly garbage. Consider freezing odorous garbage prior to placing at the curb on collection day.
  • Rinse and clean any recyclables.
  • Consider opting for a wildlife resistant cart if you live in an area with high wildlife traffic by calling (250) 490-2500 or emailing

Yard Waste

For residents receiving curbside collection, Yard Waste Collection begins the week of March 6-10, 2017, and runs until the week of December 11-15, 2017. Using the City issued, green-lid yard waste cart, residents can put out their yard waste by 7:00am bi-weekly on their regular collection day. Except on the weeks of unlimited yard waste collection, residents can no longer use kraft paper bags or their own bins to have their yard waste collected. For dates of unlimited yard waste collection, please refer to the most current garbage calendar. Residents can use their yard waste cart for standard yard and garden waste – be sure to put it in loosely so the contents can be easily emptied when the cart is tipped. Be sure to exclude any plastics and kitchen scraps. For information on common things to put in, and keep out, of your yard waste cart, please refer to the online garbage calendar, or pick up a paper copy at City Hall and City Yards or call 250-490-2500.

Filling up your yard waste cart? Try timing major yard work around the unlimited yard waste collection weeks in the spring and fall. For the occasional excess yard waste, the tag-a-bag option is still available for $3.50, and can be used for the collection of one (1) kraft paper bag or bin clearly marked “yard waste only”. Tag-a-bag stickers can be purchased at City Hall, City Yards, or the Community Centre.

Still not enough space for yard waste? You can upsize your existing 240 Litre yard waste cart to 360 Litres, increasing your annual cost of collection by $33/year, or add an additional 240 Litre cart to your existing cart, increasing your annual cost of collection by $66/year.


Recycling in Penticton is easy! Under the new provincial rules for recycling, City of Penticton residents can recycle even more printed paper and plastic packaging in their curbside and multi-family recycling collection. Please remember to keep out the three most common, and hazardous, contaminants: plastic bags and overwrap, polystyrene foam packaging (Styrofoam), and glass.

New carts, simplified recycling.  No more will blue or clear recycle bags be collected, simply toss all of your clean recyclables loosely into your new, blue-lid recycle cart and place at the curb for collection! Multi-family residents who use recycle dumpsters will continue to use their existing system. Collection dates will continue to be bi-weekly, opposite to yard waste week – check out the online schedules and calendar reminders.

New items that you can recycle in your curbside or multi-family collection include:

  • Gable top cartons – milk, egg substitutes, cream, etc.
  • Boxes or cartons, known as Tetra Pak or aseptic packaging – soup, broth, milk type beverages, etc.
  • Aerosol cans and caps – no paint cans or cans that contained hazardous materials
  • Spiral-wound paper cans and lids – frozen juice, potato chips, etc.
  • Paper or plastic cups with lids for hot and cold drinks.
  • Plastic garden pots and trays.

Recyclable items that cannot be collected at the curb BUT can be taken to a recycle depot include:

  • Polystyrene foam packaging (new this year)
  • Plastic bags and overwrap
  • Non-deposit glass bottles and jars

Items that are accepted at Recycle Depots can be taken to J&C Bottle and Recycling Depot at 200 Rosetown Ave. in Penticton or in the recycling section of the Campbell Mountain Landfill at 901 Spiller Rd.

For a detailed list of all recyclables, please read:

What happens if we don't follow the new rules?

Waste Connections of Canada, the contractor responsible for curbside collection of garbage and recycling, will be tagging residents' carts in the event they find disallowed materials in curbside collection. This reminder is an important part to ensuring the recycling program is efficient and free from contaminated elements. The best way to avoid receiving a tag is learning what materials are allowed in curbside pickup, and which ones should be brought to the recycle depot. Refer to the garbage calendar for details.

What is Recycle BC?

As of May 19th, 2014, businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to B.C. residents will be responsible for managing these materials so they can be recycled. Recycle BC, a non-profit organization working on behalf of these businesses, will be responsible for the management of residential and multi-family recycling programs in many areas across B.C.

In Penticton, Recycle BC is working with the City to ensure residents will be able to recycle most types of printed paper and packaging, including milk cartons, plant pots, hot and cold drink cups, aerosol cans, spiral-wound paper cans and aseptic boxes or cartons. A complete list of all recyclables accepted by Recycle BC can be found in the garbage calendar or in the links below.

To learn more, visit the Recycle BC Website:

I still have questions. Where can I get more information?

We're here to help!

Call us directly at 250-490-2500 and we will be happy to help you with specific questions.