**During weeks of garbage collection only, collection trucks move much quicker through the routes and are sometimes 2 - 3 hours ahead of schedule.  Having your carts ready for collection by 7:00am on your regular collection day will ensure your waste is always collected.**



Recycling in Penticton is easy!

Under the new provincial rules for recycling, City of Penticton residents can recycle even more printed paper, plastic and metal 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 or recycle carts will continue to use their existing facilities, but please be sure to put all recycling in loosely and not contained in any bag. Collection dates will continue to be bi-weekly, opposite to yard waste week – check out the online schedule and calendar reminder page [PDF - 9.2 MB].





Unsure of what goes where? Please review the infographic below, or read the accepted materials list.



Keep in what works, keep out what hurts. The following infographic details special items that sometimes are thought of as recyclable, but may need attention prior to disposal.



Material Preparation Reminders:

  • Empty and rinse containers: Any remaining food waste will contaminate recyclables
  • Remove caps and lids from containers and place loose in recycling
  • Flatten and cut cardboard to ensure it can easily be tipped out of the cart when dumped. Only cardboard contained within the recycle cart will be collected.

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, recycle brochure, or materials list (all found below) for details. Any contaminated materials left behind from curbside or multifamily recycle collection will be the responsibility of the resident to dispose of correctly.

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 (for cooking and cosmetics only), 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 the waste reduction team directly at 250-490-2500, or email and we will be happy to help you with specific questions.


Helpful Links:

2019/2020 Garbage Calendar

Curbside Recycle Brochure

Multifamily Recycle Brochure

Materials List Recycle BC - English

Materials List Recycle BC - Punjabi

Materials List Recycle BC - Chinese

Materials List Recycle BC - Korean