Garbage & Recycling

Each residential home in Fort St. John is supplied with one grey garbage cart and one blue recycle cart. This service is not provided for commercial properties. The contractor empties the carts using collection vehicles equipped with an articulated arm. Collection is bi-weekly, meaning garbage is collected one week and recycling is collected the next week. 

What do I do on my collection day?

PARK IT: Put your cart out by 8:00 am on your driveway or lawn for pick up. Do not park it on the street or sidewalk.
POINT IT: Place your cart so the arrow on the lid points toward the street.
SPACE IT: Make sure there is at least 1 meter (3 feet) of space on all sides of your cart (ie don't park it right beside your neighbour's cart or a parked car).
REMOVE IT: Carts must be removed from the curb no later than 7:00 pm on the day of collection.
FILL IT: Overfilled carts with the lid open will not be picked up.

What do I do with my recycling?

Recycling pick-up alternates weekly with garbage pick-up.

  • To know what items are accepted in the blue cart refer to the sticker on the lid, search for items using the Waste Wizard above, or refer to the What Goes Where Brochure [PDF - 233 KB].
  • Do not bag your recycling.  Place items in loosely and they will be sorted at the recycling facility.
  • Rinse and flatten items before placing them in the blue cart.
  • Drop off items that cannot go in the blue cart at other local recycling facilities. The Waste Wizard will tell you where to take them.

If your garbage or recycling was not picked up on your collection day, please use the Report a Problem tool on our website or the City of Fort St. John App to inform us before the week is over and we will try to come back and pick it up.