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Curbside Collection

As of July 1, 2018, Summerland households that receive curbside collection will have services via carts rather than bags.

In June, a set of three carts will be delivered to households that receive curbside collection to be used for the automated collection of garbage, recycling, and yard waste. The base set includes: 120L garbage, 240L Recycling, 240L Yard Waste.

Options will be available to increase or decrease the cart sizes following a 3 month trial period (July 1-September 30) during which households must use the provided set of carts. From October 1-December 31, residents may change the sizes of any number of carts, one time, without paying the switch-out administration fee. Any changes requested after the initial 3 month exchange period will be subject to an administration fee, except for new home owners / tenants who will be allowed to revert to the base set at no cost.

Samples of the carts are on display at Municipal Hall and at the Summerland Arena for residents to view and try out. Some residents may have concerns regarding their ability to handle the carts - come to Municipal Hall or the Arena to see the various sizes and how easy they are to move!

Council is committed to providing as much assistance as possible to make the transition to carts easy and straight-forward. Residents with questions regarding a unique situation with their specific property or circumstance will be handled one-on-one by District staff – email carts@summerland.ca or call 250.404-4069 to discuss what options are available.


Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions

Click Here for How to Use Your Curbside Collection Carts


Current Program Details (until June 30, 2018)

The Curbside Collection Program is contracted to Waste Connections of Canada, formerly known as Progressive Waste Solutions and BFI. This program is compulsory and residents are not able to opt out.

If your garbage, recyclable materials, or yard waste are not picked up on your scheduled by 4:00 pm, please call Waste Connections of Canada at 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888.

Please recycle! The mandatory separation and collection of recyclable materials will significantly reduce the amount of unnecessary garbage entering our landfill. In addition to preserving landfill space, recycling ensures that materials like paper, plastic, and metals are returned to the manufacturing process where they can be made into new products instead of requiring the harvest of raw materials from the environment.

If you would like to receive a reminder for your collection day or view a personalized collection schedule, please visit the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) website.

Residential Collection

The Residential Curbside Collection Program consists of the collection of garbage, recyclable materials, and yard waste. Garbage is collected weekly, recyclable materials are collected biweekly, and yard waste is collected from the beginning of March to the end of November. To find out your collection days for garbage, recyclable materials and yard waste, please download a copy of the 2018 Curbside Collection Calendar pdf (4 MB).

The following is a summary of requirements for the various types of collection:

1. Residential Garbage collection requirements:

  • Garbage is collected weekly
  • The weekly limit is 2 bags of garbage with each bag having a maximum weight of 25 kg (55 lb)
  • If you have more than 2 bags, you can purchase Extra Bag Tags at $2.50 each, available from the Municipal Hall, the Works and Utilities Department, or the Summerland Landfill
  • Residents are asked to use dark-coloured bags for their garbage
  • These bags may be placed in containers
  • Do not place hazardous waste (paint, gas, pesticides), recyclable materials, or yard waste in these bags
  • Make sure your garbage is placed at the curb by 7:00 am

2. Residential Recyclable Collection requirements:

  • Recyclable materials are collected every second week
  • Residents must use clear blue or clear bags
  • There is no limit on the number of bags, with each bag having a maximum weight of 25 kg (55 lb)
  • There is no need to sort recyclable materials as they can all be mixed in the same blue or clear bag
  • To find out what recyclable materials are accepted at the curb and what recyclables are accepted at the Landfill Recycling Depot click here for a copy of the Curbside Recycling News  pdf (188 KB).
  • Mixed blue bags are no longer accepted at the landfill.

3. Residential Yard Waste Collection requirements:

Yard waste is collected from the beginning of March to the end of November for single family residents. Yard waste may be placed in plastic containers, steel containers, or kraft paper yard bags. Clear plastic bags are not accepted.

If you are using containers, they must have a "Yard Waste Only" sticker on the outside. "Yard Waste Only" stickers are available for free at Municipal Hall or at the Works and Utilities Department. Using a container will save you the cost of purchasing kraft paper bags.

Branches and prunings may be bundled together up to 1 metre in length, and tied with twine or string.

Multi-Family Collection Only

The Multi-Family Curbside Collection Program only provides for the collection of recyclable materials and does not include the collection of garbage or yard waste.

The following is a summary of requirements for multi-family collection of recyclable materials:

1. Multi-Family Recyclable Collection requirements:

  • Recyclable materials are collected every second week
  • Residents must use clear blue or clear bags
  • There is no limit on the number of bags with each bag having a maximum weight of 25 kg (55 lb)
  • There is no need to sort recyclable materials – they can all be mixed in the same blue or clear bag
  • To find out what recyclable materials are accepted at the curb and what recyclables are accepted at the Landfill Recycling Depot, download a copy of the Curbside Recycling News pdf (188 KB).
  • Mixed Blue Bags are no longer accepted at the landfill.

Program Fees

The fee for single family residential garbage, recyclable materials, and yard waste collection is currently $11.10 monthly, $10.00 if paid by the due date. This fee will automatically be added to your utility bill each month.

The fee for multi-family residential recyclable materials collection is currently $3.50 per month, $3.15 if paid by the due date.

Additional Information

Curbside Recycling News pdf (188 KB)
2018 Curbside Collection Calendar pdf (4 MB)

To contact the Works and Utilities Department:
Phone: 250-494-0431
Fax: 250-494-3399
Email: worksandutilities@summerland.ca