Garbage and Recycling

Garbage collection and disposal services are provided by two independent contractors operating on behalf of the District of Kitimat.

Kitimat residents are encouraged to recycle whenever possible.

Garbage and landfill pamphlet

Landfill Hours

The hours the landfill is accessible to residents of Kitimat is limited to allow for a more efficient operation. 

Please note:  Clean cardboard is not accepted at the landfill.

If you have questions or concerns about the landfill, please contact Towse Waste Management at 250-632-3501.

 Summer (April 1 to September 30)

Monday to Friday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. except closed on Tuesdays

Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 Winter (October 1 to March 31)

Monday to Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. except closed on Tuesdays

 Statutory Holidays

 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. except closed on:

  • New Years
  • Easter Sunday
  • July 1
  • Christmas Day

Tipping Fees 

There is no charge for disposal of self-hauled residential refuse.

These fees are per load:

  • Single-axle vehicle less than 1 ton - $10.00
  • Single-axle vehicle greater than or equal to 1 ton - $20.00
  • Tandem-axle vehicle up to 15 cubic yards - $30.00
  • Loads over 15 cubic yards and up to 30 cubic yards - $50.00
  • Loads over 30 cubic yards and up to 43 cubic yards - $100.00
  • Loads over 43 cubic yards - $150.00

Garbage Collection

When will my garbage be picked up?

  • Find your street on the list, or
  • Find your street on the map

Garbage containers

  • Garbage container size restrictions
  • Containers must not be placed at curbside before 4:00 a.m. on the scheduled pick up day;
  • Garbage must be stored in a bear proof enclosure until garbage pickup day;
  • Maximum number of units of refuse is three cans and two items of bundled refuse. Plastic bags may be substituted as follows: one garbage can equals two plastic bags, however these bags are not to be used for regular household waste;
  • Containers weighing more than 35 kg (75 lbs) will be left at the curb.

Garbage Preparation

• Sharp objects (needles, glass) require special attention and must be packaged in unbreakable container;

• Lawn and garden clippings may be placed in plastic bags with a capacity of not more than .1 m3 of sufficient strength to contain the enclosed refuse during handling;

• Clippings from shrubs and trees will be picked up during residential collections providing they are compactly and securely tied in bundles not exceeding 1.2 m (4 feet) in length and 0.5 m (1 ½ feet) in diameter;

• Crates, cartons and similar containers shall be compacted flat and securely tied in bundles to the dimensions listed above;

• All residential type waste or material of a small or fly-away nature, such as hair, dry ashes, sawdust, woodchips, shall be secured in a disposal container, plastic or paper bag and placed in a refuse container.

Curb side collection and disposal: Geier Waste, Tel: 250-632-4689

Recycling

Our two recycling centres are:

  1. Kitimat Understanding the Environment (KUTE) at 314 Railway Avenue
  2. Encorp Return-It bottle depot at 428 Enterprise Avenue

There is also a private curbside recycling company called UR Stewards.

Solid Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan (SWAP)

There are exciting changes coming to garbage pickup in 2021.

SWAP lays out how we will modernize our waste management system, including:

  • Expanding residential curbside garbage collection to include collection of yard waste, recyclables and kitchen waste
  • Working with businesses and institutions that generate large volumes of food waste to get them to compost
  • Eventually ban food waste, including kitchen scraps, from disposal as garbage.

More Information

Annual Clean-up Campaign

Each spring a community clean-up campaign is launched to encourage everyone to clean up their home and yard. In 2020 the clean-up campaign ran from May 18 - 22.

During the week of the clean-up campaign, the limit on the number of residential garbage cans/bags allowed on garbage collection day is waived. Refuse must be bundled correctly or it will not be removed. See Garbage Collection above for more information.

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