Curbside recycling service will continue as scheduled at this time.

Help keep our collection crews, sorting staff, residents and communities safe. Products like tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks and rubber gloves are not part of the provincial recycling program and should not be put in your blue bins or bags. These items should be put in your garbage in a sealed (tied shut) bag and put in your garbage bin. For more information please visit Recycle BC. Residents can also help further by wiping down collection containers after each pick up to keep them clean.

To ensure that your recycling is collected, please only include accepted items in your curbside containers.

Curbside Blue Box Program

Under agreement with Recycle BC, the CRD provides curbside recycling collection to over 123,000 single family homes in the region.

To participate have your recyclables at the curb by 7:30am on your collection day and utilize a least one CRD blue box or blue bag to indicate to the recycling truck driver the materials are intended for this program.

If your recycling has not been collected by 6pm on your collection day, leave your materials at the curb and call Emterra Environmental at 250.385.4399 by 11am the following day.

Three Stream Recycling

To comply with Recycle BC processing requirements, collection vehicles have been outfitted with three compartments. Remember to keep your recyclables separated into the three streams listed below.

  1. Paper, Boxboard and Cardboard
  2. Metal, Plastic and Paper Containers
  3. Glass Bottles and Jars

Note - all items accepted for recycling are banned from residential garbage.


Secure Your Recycling On Windy Days

During windy conditions take steps to secure your recycling to prevent littering of neighbourhoods.

CRD Blue Boxes and Bags

The program provides residents with one CRD blue box and two blue bags per home.

If you require a new or replacement blue box or blue bag, please contact our collection contractor, Emterra Environmental, at 250.385.4399 or by email.

Boxes and bags are available for pick up from the locations listed below. Call first to ensure availability.

  • All residents (Emterra Environmental)
    304 John Street, 250.385.4399
  • Central Saanich residents
    1903 Mt. Newton X Rd, 250.652.4444
  • Colwood residents
    3300 Wishart Road, 250.478.5999
  • Langford residents (bags only)
    877 Goldstream Avenue, 250.478.7882
  • Metchosin residents
    4450 Happy Valley Road, 250.474.3167
  • North Saanich residents
    1620 Mills Road, 250.656.0781
  • Sidney residents
    2440 Sidney Avenue, 250.656.1184
  • Sooke and area residents
    2205 Otter Point Road, 250.642.1634
  • View Royal residents
    45 View Royal Avenue, 250.479.6800
  • Westshore residents (Alpine Disposal)
    1045 Dunford Avenue, 250.474.5145

CRD blue boxes are 47 litres (12 gallons) and measure 48 x 40 x 31cm or 19 x 16 x 13" (L x W x H).

Use of Other Boxes or Bins

Other plastic boxes or bins may be used to contain additional recyclables. Look for receptacles that are similar in size than a CRD blue box (see dimensions above), as the recycling truck driver lifts and empties over 2,000 boxes and bags every collection day. Receptacles placed out in addition to a CRD blue box or bag do not have to be blue or contain the recycling symbol. Cardboard boxes are not a suitable receptacle for the container stream and glass.

Note: The recycling bins measuring 15.5" high available through Home Hardware are an acceptable size and may be used to contain your extra recycling.

Recycle BC

The CRD Curbside Recycling Program is funded through Recycle BC by the producers of packaging and paper in the province. Recycle BC also funds recycling for multi-family buildings, contact them or your service provider for more information.

Have extra items? Want to recycle Styrofoam and plastic film?

CRD Resources

Glass Container Bin

Glass bottles and jars must be kept separate from your other recyclables. An old plastic tub or pail can be used to contain your clean glass containers.

While not required, pink "Glass Bottles and Jars Only" labels are available by contacting Emterra at 250.385.4399 or by email. These are helpful in designating your glass collection bin.

Multi-family Residential Recycling

Recycle BC is the industry association that is responsible for residential recycling of packaging and printed paper in the Province, as required under the BC Recycling Regulation. These services are provided through a combination of curbside collection, drop-off depots and multi-family residential programs.

For information on recycling services available to your multi-family residential complex, please contact your waste hauler.

Learn more about collection services in the region.


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