Waste Management


Option for Garbage Drop Off
Between January 5 – January 22, 2022
Due to the significant snowfall received over the holidays, the City has made the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled garbage & recycling pick-up this week.
We are currently focusing our efforts on clearing the snow and deploying staff to roads, sidewalks and stairs throughout Nelson.
Instead of residential garbage pick-up this week, we are placing a large metal bin across from the airport hangars at 90 Lakeside Drive where garbage bags can be deposited. There will be signage and space cleared for vehicle turn around.
The bin will be available from 10:00 am Wednesday, January 5 until the end of day Saturday, January 8.   The bin will be locked overnight each night.
Please do NOT put recycling in the bin. The bin is for bagged garbage waste only. 
We are welcoming City residents to drop off their residential garbage. This will assist both the community in managing their waste as the City focuses its efforts on snow removal.
Please ensure bags are tagged and meet requirements for regular service pick up.
Recycling can be taken to the Recycling Depot operated by the RDCK at 70 Lakeside Drive and, alternatively, the Grohman Narrows Depot at 1201 Insight Drive.
The next regular garbage and recycling pick-up will occur during the week of January 17 to the 21st.
Questions? publicworks@nelson.ca

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All garbage must be in garbage bags no larger than 26-by-38 inches (66-by-97 centimetres) or they will not be removed.

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Guidelines for household garbage are as follows. 


Garbage bags must:

  • Be tagged with a garbage tag that is easily visible.
  • Be out by 7:00 am on the designated day of the week, but no earlier than 5:00 am.
  • NOT include garden clippings or construction material.
  • Be less than 20 kilograms (44 pounds)


The City will permit containers to be used in the following manner:

  • Garbage bags will be lifted out of a garbage can by a City employee and placed into the truck
  • Garbage cans will not be lifted by City employees
  • Garbage bags that are not easily removed from cans, will be left in the can
  • Garbage bags must be the correct size or will be left in the can
  • Garbage bags must be the correct weight or will be left in the can
  • All garbage bags must have a tag. Untagged bags will be left in the can

Garbage Tags

Garbage tags are available in sheets of 10 tags for $17.50.

Tags can be purchased at:

  • Safeway
  • KTK Rosemont Market
  • Nelson Pharmasave
  • Save-On-Foods
  • Real Canadian Wholesale Club
  • Wings Grocery
  • Hipperson Home Hardware
  • Nelson Home Building Centre
  • Ellison’s Market
  • Kootenay Co-op
  • City Hall at 310 Ward St.