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Garbage Service


The Village of Telkwa offers weekly garbage collection on Wednesdays (east of the Bulkley
River) and Thursdays (west side of the Bulkley River).

Download our Curbside Collection Guide for details on Garbage and Recycling Collection.


The owner or tenant is responsible for purchasing and maintaining, in good order and
repair, a garbage cart as mandated by Village of Telkwa Bylaw No. 605. These can be purchased
at the Village Office.


Only the mandated garbage carts will be picked up by the Village.


For occasional extra garbage, garbage stickers can be purchased at the Village Office for $2.00 and attached to extra bags. Any garbage that is not inside the garbage cart will not be collected unless it has an extra bag sticker on it.


Do not overfill your container--ensure that the lid is completely closed. Overfilled containers will not be emptied.

Do not put these items in your container:

  • recyclable materials (paper, tin cans,
    plastic containers, cardboard, etc)

  • hot ashes

  • pet waste (that is not double bagged)

  • propane tanks or cylinders

  • lead-acid batteries (e.g. car batteries)

  • paints, solvents or any liquids
    hazardous materials (e.g. pesticides)

  • used oil or oil filters

  • gypsum (drywall)

  • automobile tires

  • animal carcasses

  • TV’s or computer monitors

Curbside Recycling Service

Download our Curbside Collection Guide for details on Garbage and Recycling Collection.

Recycling pick-up begins at 7:00 a.m. every second Tuesday. If any items in your bin cannot be accepted, a sticker will be left with an explanation. Single-use bags will not be accepted, except to contain shredded paper.

Single-stream reusable recycling carts are now available at the Village Office for $35.00 each plus GST. As of May 2023, the cart is required to participate in the recycling collection.

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Accepted Materials for Recycling
  • Paper:

    • Newspapers

    • Magazines

    • Envelopes

    • Paper Bags

    • Cardboard Boxes

    • Shredded Paper (in a plastic bag)

  • Hard Plastic:

    • Plastic Bottles

    • Trays

    • Garden Pots

    • Lids

    • Take-out Cups

    • Cartons

  • Metals:

    • Metal Cans

    • Aerosol Cans

    • Foil Wrap (must be clean)

    • Take-out Containers

Not Accepted for Recycling

Do NOT place these in your curbside recycling. Download the Recycling in Smithers – Telkwa & Area Brochure to see where these items can be returned.

  • Glass:

    • Glass Bottles

    • Glass Jars

  • Soft Plastic:

    • Plastic Bags

    • Overwrap

    • Chip Bags

    • Candy Wrappers

    • Flexible Plastic Packaging

    • Toys and Games

    • Anything Biodegradable

  • Other:

    • Foam Packaging

    • Hard or Soft Cover Books

    • Scrap Metal (i.e., hangers, pots, pans…)

    • Electronics and Appliances

    • Food and Yard Waste

    • Hazardous Materials (i.e., bleach, propane, paint…)

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Recycling Services

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako operates a recycling depot just off of Highway 16 at 6139 Donaldson Road. Recyclable materials dropped off at this location must be sorted and can be deposited in the correct areas. 

Click here for more information on the recycling services provided by the RDBN.

Hazardous Material Recycling (excerpt from RecycleBC)


Putting explosive and hazardous materials in your recycling bin is dangerous and can have life-threatening implications. BC’s major recycling collectors and processors have seen an increase in fires, with several of them having endangered lives and forced the closure of facilities. Dispose of hazardous items properly – see the Recycling in Smithers - Telkwa & Area brochure for locations.


Hazardous items like these can cause serious harm to recycling staff and facilities. Ensure they don’t end up in your recycling bin:

  • Batteries

  • Propane canisters

  • Needles

  • Flammable liquids

  • Helium tanks

  • Knives

  • Cell phones and laptops
    (lithium-ion batteries)

  • Toys with batteries
  • Butane canisters

  • Bear spray

  • Ammunition

  • Flares

  • Electronics

  • Batteries for e-cigarettes

  • Lighters and matches

  • Household batteries

  • Paint


The risk for fires or explosions is especially high for material collection vehicles and receiving facilities due to the presence of significant amounts of paper. The combination of easily flammable material, the type of machinery used, plenty of oxygen and large amounts of material sorted into piles where sparks can smolder for lengthy periods of time undetected makes the presence of hazardous material especially precarious.

Don’t fuel the danger. Help us prevent any further tragedies by keeping hazardous waste out of your curbside bin. Together, we can make a difference. 


Recycling Resources:

Visit these sites for more
information on Recycling:

Bulkley-Nechako Regional District


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