Garbage Collection

Garbage collection occurs bi-weekly (i.e. alternating weeks) in the Town of Gibsons.

Each household is permitted one waterproof container of heavy plastic or light weight galvanized sheeting with a close fitting lid and a maximum capacity of 98 litres. The maximum permitted weight when filled with garbage is 20 kilograms.

Uncontained plastic bags are not allowed; all garbage must be in wildlife resistant containers.

The Town bylaw also stipulates that, in order to minimize wildlife conflicts, garbage containers must be placed at the curb between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

Link to Wildlife page for more information on how to live in harmony with bears.


Report A Missed Collection

If your household garbage or organics waste pick-up was missed, please contact Salish Soils by phone at 604.885.5383 or by email at

See Your Schedule/Sign Up For A Reminder

Use the Gibsons Waste App (below) to learn which zone you live in, see when your collection days are, sign up for collection reminders, report a missed collection and much more!

Garbage Tags for Excess Garbage 

The Town sells garbage tags for those who live within Town of Gibsons boundaries. Garbage tags may be used by residents to ensure collection of garbage in excess of the weekly limit. The tags may be purchased for $3.00 each at Town Hall, 474 South Fletcher Road. Please be advised that drivers will not accept cash.

A reminder that Bylaw No 1252 defines collectible garbage as garbage capable of being contained in a Wildlife Resistant Container, but shall not include the following:

  • collectible organics
  • grass cuttings
  • tree or hedge clippings or other garden refuse
  • hazardous (including pathogenic and radioactive wastes)
  • explosive or flammable substances
  • chemicals which may create hazardous working conditions
  • material hot enough to start combustion
  • waste oil or petroleum by-products
  • paint, tires, lumber, demolition materials, rocks, gravel or soil, stumps or timber
  • fish feed bags
  • batteries
  • undigested septic sludge

Wondering what you can recycle? Refer to the SCRD Depots Recycling Guide to see which materials are acceptable at the SCRD’s three recycling depots.

Waste prevention is the most effective way to reduce garbage. If each of us makes small changes to our purchasing and disposal habits, we can greatly reduce the amount of waste we create. Click here for Waste Reduction Tips.