Collection Service & Schedule
All residential households that have garbage, kitchen waste/curbside organics and recyclables picked up by the Municipality must bring the totes and blue boxes to the curbside on collection day by 7:30 am. All residents receiving curbside service must have specially designed wheeled totes that are sold by Oak Bay Public Works.
Residents may use the search tool above to access a printable schedule. Please note that the search tool works best when no punctuation is used when inputing the civic address. Whenever possible, please use the drop-down menu when entering your street name.
How to use the service
Please Click Here for a helpful PDF document explaining what can be left curbside on collection day, as well as the answers to many commonly asked questions.
- Refer to the Curbside Garbage/Recycle Schedule for collection dates or use the search tool above.
- Purchase the totes and boxes:
- Totes may be purchased over the telephone from the Public Works at 250-598-4501 from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
- Grey Tote: Household garbage - $95 including tax
- Blue Tote: Mixed waste paper - $95 including tax
- Green Tote: Kitchen waste - $95 including tax
- Place the totes and boxes at curbside for collection on the day of the scheduled pickup
- Garbage, kitchen waste, recycling totes and boxes must be placed at the curbside before 7:30 am on the scheduled collection day.
- All containers must be placed on the driveway of the property, near the curb, without obstructing pedestrian traffic.
- If a householder has medical exemption, totes will be collected from a mutually agreed upon location.
- Make sure it really is garbage! Do not place items that are banned from the Hartland landfill in the grey garbage tote. These banned items will not be collected. Information on hazardous or banned material can be found on the Hazardous Material page.
What may be left at curbside on collection day
Green Tote / Curbside Organic Waste: The green wheeled tote is used for curbside organic waste, which includes:
- fruit and vegetable scraps
- food left-overs and dinner plate scrapings
- meat, fish, giblets, bones, and eggshells
- dairy products, butter and mayonnaise
- bread, cereal, grains, pasta, pizza and baked goods
- soiled paper towels, soiled paper food packaging and ice cream cartons
- used paper cups and paper plates
- coffee grounds and tea bags
- solidified fat and grease
- baking ingredients, herbs and spices
- house plants, cut and dried flowers
- nuts and shells
- grass clippings, leaves, pruning, plants and branches
Please note, compostable waste does not need to be bagged before being put in the green bin. If using bags, please ensure they are compostable bags.
Kitchen waste DOES NOT include:
- yard and garden waste (before January 2021)
- plastic bags, plastic wrap, Styrofoam, foil wrap, foil pouches or foil pie plates
- metal cans and glass jars
- cereal and cracker box liners
- chip and cookie bags
- pet food bags and other lined bags
- butter wrappers
- dental floss
- rubber bands
- soiled diapers, baby wipes, sanitary hygiene products and condoms
- dryer lint and anti-static dryer sheets
- cigarettes and cigarette butts
- vacuum cleaner contents and bags
- pet feces, other feces, and pet litter box material
Blue Tote/ Mixed Waste Paper: The blue wheeled tote contents may include paper, junk mail, newspapers, cereal boxes, and magazines. DO NOT include cardboard, soiled, or foiled papers. Mixed waste paper will only be picked up at curbside if contained in a blue wheeled tote.
- Rigid plastic packaging from consumer goods (e.g. electronics, tools), food (e.g. salads, baked goods)
- Rigid plastic containers, including milk jugs, yogurt and margarine containers, shampoo/liquid soap bottles, cleaning product containers, pill/vitamin bottles, clean plant pots
- Plastic and metal lids
- Aluminum and tin cans
- Foil and foil plates (no food residue)
- Paper packaging containing liquids when sold (e.g. paper take-out cups and milk cartons)
- NO plastic bags or Styrofoam
- NO Containers used for pesticides, herbicides, paint, solvent, fuel, motor oil, lubricants, caustic cleaning products or any hazardous materials.
Glass Bottles and Jars: Glass bottles and jars must be kept separate from your other containers. An old plastic tub or pail can be used to contain your clean glass containers. Cardboard boxes and paper bags are not suitable receptacles for your glass containers.
Corrugated Cardboard: should be flattened and cut or folded to dimensions not greater than 18 inches x 36 inches. Bundles of cardboard should be tied together with twine or string (not tape or wire). Please place bundled cardboard at the curb beside the blue box.
Grey Tote / Household Garbage: This includes all items that cannot be recycled or composted in other totes or boxes, except items that are banned from the CRD Hartland landfill. For more detailed information, please visit the CRD website.