Residential Garbage

Garbage Schedule

Residential recycling and garbage is collected on a weekly basis in five designated collection zones. To ensure garbage and recycling is collected, residents are reminded that under the City’s Solid Waste and Recyclables Bylaw No.40-59, garbage and recycling carts are to be placed at the curb by 7:00 am on designated collection days and to observe Bear Smart guidelines when applicable. 

Click to sign up for collection day reminders with the Waste Wise Kamloops app. You can also view the 2021 Collection Zone Map by clicking the button below. The 2020 collection schedule is available here.

Waste Wise App 2021 Collection Schedule / Zone Map Container Sizes & Costs  

How to Place Your Carts

  • During the winter, place containers in an area free of ice and on the road side of snow piles and windrows. View our video below!
  • Containers are to be placed at curbside by 7:00 am on collection day when they are at least half full.
  • Container lids must be completely closed for pickup. Do not overfill containers or compress items. Cut down large cardboard pieces.
  • Containers must be kept clean.
  • Secure all containers on private property on non-collection days.
  • During Bear Smart Season (Apr. 1–Nov. 30), do not set containers out before 4:00 am and do not accumulate bear attractants (Bylaw No. 40-59).
  • For damaged and missing containers or for more information, please call 250-828-3461.

Materials Not Accepted in Residential Garbage 

Your garbage may not be collected if any of the following items are found in your cart:

  • Grass clippings
  • Recyclables (including cardboard and newspaper)
  • Dirt, sod, and rocks
  • Liquids
  • Used oil and filters
  • Construction and demolition materials
  • Offal waste
  • Hot ashes and charcoal
  • Flammable, toxic, hazardous, explosive, volatile, or corrosive material
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Medical waste
  • Propane tanks
  • Scrap metal and tires
  • Large amounts of pet waste
  • Unbagged dust

Use the Waste Wizard to learn where many household items can be disposed of or recycled.


Surplus Garbage

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is currently not handling surplus garbage bags. Please take surplus garbage to a landfill.

Any surplus waste must be in garbage bags no larger than 26" x 36". Surplus bags will only be collected if they have a $2 orange sticker, which are available for purchase at:

  • City Hall - 7 Victoria Street West
  • Hasty Market - 1105 8th Street
  • Safeway (Sahali) - 945 Columbia Street West
  • Safeway (North Shore) - 750 Fortune Drive

Missed a Pickup? 

Here are some reasons why your bins were not emptied:

  • Carts were not out by 7:00 am on collection day.
  • Carts were placed too close to obstacles such as parked cars, fences, trees, overgrown vegetation, or other carts.
  • Carts were overfull and the lid was not fully closed. Is your container the right size? 
  • Carts contained unaccepted items. Not sure what goes where? Use our Waste Wise app.

You can report a missed collection through our Waste Wise App, by emailing, or by calling 250-828-3461 anytime after 11:00 am on your pickup day.