Garbage & Recycling

The City of Fort St. John has permanently moved to weekly garbage collection and bi-weekly recycling collection. As collection will occur on the same day, please ensure there are two metres between your carts and the lids are closed. Due to the collection of both carts on the same week, pick up times may be different than usual, please keep your carts at the curb until they are picked up (which may be as late as 9 pm).

Each residential home in Fort St. John is supplied with one grey garbage cart and one blue recycle cart. The cart is attached to the residence with a serial number and must not be removed from that residence. This service is not provided for commercial properties. The contractor empties the carts using collection vehicles equipped with an articulated arm. Garbage collection occurs weekly while recycling collection occurs bi-weekly.


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 at the end of the day 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 contact our contractor GFL Environmental Inc. at 250-787-5088  to inform them before the week is over and they may be able to come back and pick it up.  You can also use the Report a Problem tool on our website or the Waste Wise app to inform us.