Garbage, Organics & Recycling

Curbside Collection

The RDKB provides weekly residential curbside collection of Garbage and Organics in the Boundary region. Curbside collection of yard and garden waste is available in the City of Grand Forks only, once a month from March to November. 

Recycle BC provides bi-weekly curbside collection of Recycling throughout the Regional District.

Collection schedules are available below.

Set out your bins by 8:00 a.m. on your collection day, and bring them in after collection as soon as possible. DO NOT put them out the night before. Be bear aware!

Collection Schedules

Download a garbage and green bin collection schedule below or contact us to have a copy mailed to you.

Christina Lake

Christina Lake Boat Access Residents – Garbage & Recycling Schedule

Area D/Rural Grand Forks & City of Grand Forks
(includes the Yard & Garden Waste collection schedule for the City of Grand Forks)

Area E/West Boundary, Midway & Greenwood

For information on what can and can’t go in your green bin, check out the Organics page or download the Green Bin User Guide.

Recycling schedules are available below. For more information on what can go in your blue box, visit Recycle BC.

Blue Box Recycling Schedule (Boundary Region)
Blue Box Recycling Schedule (Kootenay Region)

Missed Pick-up?
Boundary residents (Christina Lake, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway and Areas C, D and E – excluding Big White): If your garbage, green bin or recycling was not picked up and you did not receive an ‘Oops!’ sticker, call GFL Environmental at 1.888.791.1190.

Greater Trail Area residents (Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Genelle, Montrose, Fruitvale): If your recycling was not picked up, call GFL Environmental at 1.866.596.5444.

Did You Get an ‘Oops!’ Sticker?
There are several reasons why your garbage, green bin or yard and garden waste may not get picked up or emptied. Be sure to check the garbage and organics pages to learn how to properly sort and manage your waste.

Need a Green Bin?

If you are new to the area and need a green bin or if your bin has been damaged by the collection truck, please fill out and submit this form, call the RDKB office at 250-368-0231 or email kNOwWaste@RDKB.com.

Is There a Cost?
Did you know you can save money by using your green bin? Garbage tags are required for curbside collection of residential garbage in the Boundary region. However, there is no fee for the curbside collection of residential green bins. Composting makes sense and cents!

Bin Management

Solid waste collection containers attract bears and other animals, and can lead to human-wildlife conflict, usually in carports and backyards.

The standard 80 litre green bins distributed to residents free of charge by the RDKB are critter-resistant (to raccoons, rodents, etc.) but not bear-resistant. With this in mind, it's important that you store and manage your bin properly so as not to attract bears.

How to Secure Your Green Bin from Bears

  • Store your garbage and green bins in a closed, locked garage or shed, even if empty – bins will hold a residual smell.
  • If a bin is stored outside, anchor it down to a post using a cable so that it can't be dragged away.
  • Place bins at the roadside only on the morning they are collected – never the night before.
  • Take it out to the curb every week, even if you only have a small amount of organics in the bin.
  • Put meat, bones, fish, dairy, oils, fat and fruit in your green bin – never in your backyard compost bin.
  • Minimize odours by freezing meat and other smelly food scraps, and don't put them in the green bin until collection day.
  • Keep bins clean... see our 'Tips to Reduce the "Yuck" Factor'.

Don't forget your blue box recyclables – they also smell delicious to bears! Rinse containers and store your blue box inside until collection day.

For more tips on how to make your home less attractive to bears, learn how to be bear aware! or visit WildSafeBC.com.