Curbside Garbage and Recycling

Recycle it Right!
During November and December, watch for our team on the street checking recycling carts and providing info on how to Recycle it Right. Contamination such as garbage and food waste in the recycling carts can turn your recycling into garbage. It also reduces the resale value, increases the cost to process and can pose unsafe working conditions.

Check out this footage from CJDC TV to learn more about how the City of Dawson Creek and NEAT are checking recycling carts in the upcoming weeks:


Most homes in Dawson Creek receive weekly curbside waste collection service.

Learn about…

  • Schedule
  • Curbside Placement
  • Garbage Cart
  • Recycling Cart
  • Missed collection day pickup
  • Recycling Drop-off Depots
  • Yard Waste
  • Additional Resources


Garbage pick-up service is weekly, on the same day of the week.

Recycling pick-up service is bi-weekly, on the same day as your garbage service

Recycling is picked up every other week

Recycling is picked up every other week

Garbage is picked up every week

Garbage is picked up every week

Use the Waste Wizard to find your collection schedule, or download the Dawson Creek City app and get reminders about your schedule or download the app and have schedules, reminders and sorting information on your phone.



Curbside Placement

Place carts curbside by 7am on the morning of collection, with the carts facing toward the street. Make sure there is at least 1 metre of space on all sides of the carts.


Garbage Cart

Homes with curbside service have one 180-litre cart with a black lid for garbage. Place this cart curbside every week for collection.


Recycling Cart

Homes with curbside service have one 360-litre cart with a blue lid for recycling. Place this cart curbside every other week for collection.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3: Empty and rinse containers, flatten boxes, and place in your cart. Do not place items in bags.


Recycling (collected every other week)


Missed collection day pickup

Report a missed pickup

Report missed collections by calling 250-784-3600. You can also report missed collections through the Dawson Creek app.

Common reasons for missed pickup

Wondering why we missed picking up your garbage and/or recycling cart? Besides snow delays, here are the most common reasons:

  • Carts were not set out by 7 am on your collection day
  • Your cart(s) were placed improperly – learn about curbside placement
  • Unacceptable items were placed in your recycling or garbage cart – learn about garbage materials

As part of our Recycle it Right education efforts, we may leave a notice behind on your cart or mailbox to make sure you know the right steps for collection day. If your cart wasn’t collected, please re-sort materials for your next collection day.

Contamination (e.g. garbage and other non-recyclable items) in your recycling cart reduces the resale value of the recyclable materials, increases the cost to sort the materials and poses potential hazards for DC Recycling employees who sort your recycling. Help Recycle It Right by placing only acceptable materials in your blue-lidded recycling cart.

While our goal is to provide continued education, note that in addition to leaving your cart behind, you may also be subject to $100 fine for each offense. Please help us Recycle it Right!


Recycling Drop-off Depots

Do you have items not accepted in your recycling cart? Too much stuff for one pick up? 

Many items that are not accepted in your carts can be taken to a drop-off depot or open-air bin.

Depot and bottle drop-off:

D.C. Campbell Recycling 
925 – 100 Avenue, Dawson Creek, 250-782-2020, Mon to Sat 9am – 5:30pm

Recycling carts and bins (open air):

Dawson Creek Transfer Station
829 – Highway 49, Dawson Creek (Wed to Sun 9am – 5:45pm)

No Frills Foods, 1401 – Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek

Wal-Mart, 600 – Highway 2, Dawson Creek


Yard Waste

Grass clippings and leaves (but no food scraps or branches) can be brought to the City yard waste collection site at 941/949-99 Avenue.


Additional Resources

View the Frequently Asked Questions.

Peace River Regional District oversees landfills, transfer stations and recycling depots in the region. 

Recycle BC is a not-for-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and paper product recycling throughout British Columbia

The Recycling Council of BC (RCBC) is a multi-sectoral, non-profit, membership driven organization that operates the Recycling Hotline and Recyclepedia.

Follow Sustainable Dawson Creek on Facebook to stay up-to-date on local recycling news and events.

Download the printed guide and 2018 collection schedule.