Prince George, Join the fight against waste.
Every time we don’t recycle, we’re hurting our environment. We can all do our part and put recyclable containers and paper in the blue boxes. Other materials like plastic bags and overwrap, foam packaging and glass can be returned to a participating depot. Learn more about recycling in Prince George below.
Click here to download the 2023-2024 City of Prince George Recycling Guide. The Recycling Guide outlines how to sort your recycling, shows what is not accepted, and includes a collection calendar. You can also download the Recycle BC app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store to access your collection schedule online, search for depots, and sign up for reminders.
Use our address search tool to view your curbside recycling collection schedule and nearest Recycle depots. You can also sign up for reminders and import your schedule into your online calendar.
Collection questions or need information?
Please sort curbside recycling as follows:
- Use one blue box for paper and packaging that held dry products (shoes, crackers, etc.). Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in this box can be flattened, cut into pieces smaller than 30 x 30 inches (76 x 76 cm), and stacked between recycling containers.
- Use one blue box for containers (plastic, aluminum, steel, etc.) and paper cups and cartons (coffee cups, cartons for soup or ice cream, etc.).
- Use the grey box for non-deposit glass bottles and jars
Recycle BC asks for glass containers to be separated from other recyclables because glass can easily break during collection. When broken glass mixes with paper and other containers it becomes difficult to properly recycle these materials, meaning that less glass—and less of the other material—is recycled. Proper sorting will also reduce the health and safety risk for drivers who will no longer have to pull out broken glass from the blue box. Please take deposit containers to a depot for refund.
Learn how to correctly sort your materials using the following resources:
There is no limit to how much recycling you can set out. If all of your materials do not fit in your recycling boxes, please try consolidating them. For example, bulky plastic jugs, cartons, and boxes can be flattened; smaller metal cans be placed inside larger metal cans; plastic containers can be fitted inside each other (e.g. yogurt containers), etc. If you have additional recyclables that do not fit into your blue boxes, these can be placed in a rigid container of your choice, such as a laundry hamper. Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in your bag can be flattened, cut into pieces no larger than 30” x 30” (76 cm x 76 cm), and stacked between your recycling containers.
If you regularly have more recycling than your boxes can accommodate, you might want to purchase another blue recycling box, as long as the container is similar in size and shape to your existing ones. Most hardware stores carry blue boxes of different sizes. You can also purchase a new container by contacting Emterra Environmental at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-596-8023.
Please check the Curbside Recycling Guide or address search tool for your collection day.
No. Under the BC Recycling Regulation, businesses that supply packaging and paper to BC residents are responsible for managing recycling programs. Recycle BC uses fees paid by businesses to to pay for curbside recycling in Prince George.
No. Your municipal or regional government does not provide curbside collection of residential packaging and paper. As of May 19, 2014, per BC’s Recycling Regulation, the businesses that supply packaging and paper to residents are responsible for financing the collection and recycling of these materials. Recycle BC works on behalf of these businesses to manage your recycling program.
No. Recycle BC’s packaging and paper recycling program does not affect garbage collection in Prince George. Please continue to follow instructions from the city about garbage collection. Please place your recycling containers on the ground, on the opposite side of the driveway from the garbage cart if possible.
In Prince George, curbside recycling is collected by Emterra Environmental. If you have questions about your recycling collection or need additional information, please contact: