Jul 8, 2020

Garbage and Recycling

The Regional District of Nanaimo collects solid waste for the City of Parksville. In October 2020, the Regional District of Nanaimo will transition from the current manual curbside collection to a new automated curbside collection service for all single-family dwelling units. The new service will provide RDN residents, including City of Parksville residents, with the following:
  • Improved service offerings:

    • Customizable collection cart sizes to best suit your household needs
    • No weight restrictions
    • Improved worker health and safety
    • Improved neighbourhood esthetics by keeping materials contained
    • Reduced human-wildlife interactions
  • Easy to roll carts with attached lids for convenient and efficient disposal of recyclables, food waste and garbage.

  • Real-time information for better customer service.

Residents will need to choose their recycling, food waste and garbage cart sizes which will best suit their household needs by December 31, 2019. Otherwise a default set of carts (240L recycling, 100L food waste and 100L garbage) will be provided. Carts are on display at City Hall until November 29.

Visit for information on cart selection, a list of helpful FAQ’s and up-to-date information on the upcoming curbside collection service change.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact RDN project team directly at or 1 877 607-4111.

Prior to the new automated curbside collection service, blue boxes and recycling bags can be purchased through Waste Connections of Canada (formerly Progressive Waste Solutions) located in the Industrial Park at 1151 Herring Gull Way, Parksville.

Need some information about what you can put into your curbside containers? The Materials Preparation Guide can help.

Region-wide Green Bin Program


Weekly green bin food and kitchen waste collection will remain part of the new automated curbside collection service for all single family homes in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Lantzville, City of Nanaimo and in Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Areas. Using a green bin is an easy way to send less garbage to the landfill, turn food waste into a renewable resource and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Green Bin program is a key component in achieving the overall goal of diverting 75% of the region's waste from the landfill.

Please keep your green bin material contaminant-free

  • Line your containers with newspaper, paper bags or certified compostable bags or place your scraps in loose.
  • No plastic bags, plastic containers, Styrofoam, metal or glass in the green bin.
For more information on the Green Bin Program, please visit

Collection Route Lookup and What goes where?
Garbage, food waste and recycling collection information is available here.

The Church Road Transfer Station, located at 860 Church Road, Parksville, receives residential and commercial waste (School District 69). The Transfer Station is open daily 8 am to 5 pm and closed on statutory holidays.

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