Waste and Recycling Safety Reminders

Apr 01, 2020

Victoria, BC– In alignment with emerging best practices to protect waste management workers including Hartland Landfill staff during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Capital Regional District (CRD) is asking all residents to ensure they are properly bagging garbage before placing it in collection containers and putting it out for pick-up by municipal or private collection providers.

Loose items and garbage that is not secured and sealed (tied shut) in bags may not be collected by your service provider. Residents can also help further by cleaning containers for garbage, compostable material and recycling after each collection to keep them clean.

Disposable products such as disinfecting wipes, paper towels, face masks and rubber gloves should not be flushed down the toilet, where they can cause sewer blockages and back-ups, or put in your blue box. If these items are in your blue box, your recyclables will not be collected. These items should be put in your garbage in a sealed (tied shut) bag and put in your garbage bin.

Waste infrastructure is critical to safely dealing with garbage generated during this public health emergency. Hartland Landfill is open to the public and hours of operation remain the same at this time.

In order for staff to follow best practices for social distancing and reduce staff/customer interactions, the following measures have been put in place at the Hartland Public Drop-off Depot:

  • Only two vehicles at a time will have access to the depot
  • Only credit and debit payments will be accepted, no cash
  • No household hazardous waste (including paint, propane bottles and oils) will be accepted
  • No renovation waste will be accepted

Please help keep our collection crews, sorting staff, residents and communities safe.

For updated information on the CRD’s response to COVID-19, please visit: www.crd.bc.ca/covid


Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.



For media inquiries, please contact:
Monique Booth, Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3165
Cell: 250.516.1703