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All eligible residents on the weekly curbside garbage pick-up program have standardized containers for garbage and recycling collection. 

Garbage (black bin) pickup occurs weekly. Recycling (blue bin) is emptied every two weeks. A Curb-side Collection Calendar is included with your annual utility bill. The calendar, a map and a link to our bylaw (which includes information on fees) can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

2022 Recycling & Garbage Calendar
Waste and recycling pickup MAP.
Waste Management and Collection Services Bylaw No. 1372, 2016

Recycling materials collected at the curbside are transported to recycling facilities by Recycle BC. To find out more about Recycle BC, click HERE.

The bear-resistant (garbage) and blue (recyclables) bins (64 gallon, flip lid, on wheels) are our standard for you.  We will not collect any garbage and recycling from you unless it is in these bins.

The bins are owned by the municipality.  They are tagged and belong to a property address and must stay there.  You cannot take them with you if you move! Reasonable care of the bins is your responsibility and residents are responsible to report damage to bear resistant containers so that they may be repaired and remain animal resistant.  We will replace bins damaged through normal wear and tear; replacement as a result of resident abuse will come with a fee.

In 2019, the Town replaced all garbage bins in Golden with a form of lockable bin that is bear resistant, a tactic now used by the majority of communities in North America that experience ongoing bear incursions in urban areas. Together with VP Waste Ltd., the Town has outfitted every home in the community with bear-resistant bins.

Here are some important reminders about using your bear-resistant bin to keep our community safer for both humans and wildlife:

  • ๐‹๐จ๐œ๐ค ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฉ! To use the bin, unclip the locking latch and place your garbage in the container. Don’t forget to lock it back up! Bins must be locked 24 hours a day (except for the morning of pick-up days).โฃ

  • ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ! On the morning of your garbage pick-up day, put your bin out โ€ชbetween 6 and 8 a.m.โ€ฌ and make sure it’s unlocked for collection.โฃ

  • ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ! Once your garbage has been collected, lock your bin up and put it away. If you can, we ask that bins are secured and placed in a shed, garage or other enclosure.โฃ

Bylaw, Conservation Officers and the WildSafeBC Golden Community Coordinator work together to conduct random bin checks and tagging throughout the year to make sure bins are being used properly and aren’t being put out the night before collection.

Garbage or recycling placed in anything other than the provided bins will not be collected.  Either bin will not be emptied if:

  • It is not placed correctly at the curb, or is placed in a snow bank
  • The lid is not fully closed and unlatched in the case of bear resistant bins
  • It is damaged to the point where it cannot be used
  • Your Blue (recycles) bin has garbage or glass in it
  • Your Black (garbage) bin has recyclables or yard waste in it

View what can and can't be recycled by clicking on the link below:
Curbside Collection - Recycling Flat Sheet

“Domestic Waste” meaning domestic garbage, wrappers, non recyclable packaging, kitchen waste, food products, pet food, bird feed, compost, noxious weeds, diapers, grease, game meat, fruit; combustibles such as leather, wood scraps, and non-recyclable paper; non-combustibles, such as crockery, unmarketable glass, dirt, ashes (cold) from fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances; un-usable construction and demolition refuse, non-metal pipe and unrecyclable plastics; non locally recyclable empty household product containers, and accumulations of animal, fruit or vegetable matter that attends the use and preparation of meat, fish, fowl, fruits or vegetables.
“Prohibited Waste” meaning materials from excavations, material from lot clearing or building construction, repairs, alterations, or maintenance, debris from any building or part thereof removed or damaged or destroyed by fire or any other cause, material from any manufacturing processes, condemned or contaminated matter from any premises.  It also includes but is not limited to:
Hazardous, ignitable, biomedical, radioactive, reactive, and yard waste; liquids and sludge, PCB’s and pesticide products, discarded furniture or other household equipment, paint, discarded or abandoned vehicles or farm equipment or parts thereof, scrap metal, tires, used oil filters, waste oil or petroleum products, lead acid batteries, propane tanks, hot or unwrapped ashes, animal carcasses, stones, sand, and rocks, concrete and asphalt, waste that is on fire or smouldering, unwrapped sharps, electronics and electrical products, including batteries, and animal excrement not contained in a separately sealed container.  Some of these products are accepted free of charge at the CSRD landfill Hazardous Waste Depot.  For further information, click HERE.

  • Paperback and hard cover books
  • Any type of plastic film, bags, and overwrap (includes grocery bags, vegetable and bread bags, any kind of plastic wrappers, furniture overwrap, zip-lock bags, cellophane, cling wrap or film)
  • Any type of Styrofoam (includes meat trays, egg cartons, take-out containers, peanuts, packaging or insulation)
  • Domestic and Prohibited waste and glass.
Residential curbside collection of recyclable material supports Council’s goal in striving for environmental responsibility; addresses bear and other animal problems; and provides a convenient and cost effective service for residents.โ€‹

โ€‹What can be recycled at the curb is governed by Recycle BC. Of particular mention, glass collection is excluded from this service but can be recycled at the local recycling depot.

Have a look again at the information card on your blue bin lid and refer to Recycle BC for complete information.

Bin roll outs, collection service details, information for businesses:
Contact VP Waste at 250-439-9679 or 250-439-9479. Website:
Program rules and conditions:
Town of Golden 250.344.2271 or
CSRD Website Garbage and Recycling and Hazardous Waste Depot information:
250-832-8194, 1-888-248-2773. Website:
Recycle BC :
WildSafe BC: