The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) manages the contract for garbage, recycling and food waste collection in the region. The automated trucks equipped with mechanical arms pick up your garbage, food waste and recycling carts designed for use with this system. Other types of containers cannot be used.

You can report a missing or damaged cart or request a change of your cart sizes or additional carts by visiting the RDN Portal (you will need your utility account number which can be found on your Utility Bill)

Email, or call 250.390.6501 with collection program questions.

Questions about your pick up service, or if you experience a missed pickup:
Please contact Waste Connections of Canada: Visit, email, or call 250.248.8109.

Food Waste is picked up every week, while Garbage and Recycling are on an alternating schedule.

  • week 1 - organic food waste & garbage
  • week 2 - organic food waste & recycling

Note that the collection schedule is on an ‘add a day’ schedule which means that if there is a holiday on any day in that particular week your collection day will move ahead.

Here is a link to the 2020-2021 Collection Calendars with guides to preparing your recycling for curbside pick-up:

Curbside Collection 2022 Calendar and Guide

INFORMATION: For detailed information on the collection program, please visit the Regional District of Nanaimo website at:

Please ensure garbage, recyclables and organic waste are placed at the curbside before 8:00 am on the appropriate collection day.


During severe winter weather every effort is made to collect the curbside materials. If a regular collection day is missed due to weather or road conditions, the following procedure will apply:

  • Take your material in for the night, this will help to deter pests.
  • Have your material back at the curb by 8:00 am. Collection staff will attempt to pick up the missed material in the two days following the missed collection.
  • If road conditions continue to prevent collection on the subsequent two (2) days, including weekends, the missed material will be collected on the next corresponding collection day. For example, if your garbage was missed, you will be permitted twice the material on the next garbage collection day. Standard weight and size limits apply.
  • For more information, visit the RDN Curbside Collection page at:

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