NEW - RDN Announces New Automated Curbside Collection Service Coming in Fall 2020!

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) manages the contract for garbage, recycling and food waste and is currently planning the transition from manual collection service to an automated curbside collection service in Fall 2020. The automated trucks equipped with mechanical arms will pick up standardized, wheeled carts to empty the material into the trucks. Stop by Municipal Hall, 7192 Lantzville Road, during regular office hours until November 29, 2019 to view the collection cart options to help you pick the cart sizes that best suit your household’s disposal needs. Watch for the RDN’s ‘ReTHINK Curbside Collection - Let’s Get Rolling!’ brochure in your mailbox, with the postage paid response form (for residential property owners only) to select your cart size by December 31, 2019. This questionnaire is also available online at Questions? Visit, email, or call 250.390.6560.

MEDIA RELEASE (23 September 2019) RDN to Transition to Automated Curbside Collection

Here is a link to the 2019-2020 Collection Calendars with guides to preparing your recycling for curbside pick-up:

Curbside Collection 2020-2021 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:

    NEW - ReCollect Garbage and Recycling Schedule and Reminder Service
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