After two months of a recycling backlog in the Greater Victoria area, residents will finally be able to say goodbye to their collections.

Throughout November and December 2021, recycling services in the region were continuously cancelled due to snow and adverse weather conditions.

In January, staff shortages and equipment failures at the region’s primary sorting facility left residents without pick-up once again. 

Now, the CRD has announced additional trucks from the Lower Mainland will be mobilised to help recover from the backlog. 

Beginning Monday, January 24th, these additional trucks and crew will work, prioritizing neighbourhoods that have been missed multiple times due to their placement near the end of routes.

A weekend recovery program will also be deployed if required by the volume of materials at the curb.

Here’s what residents who participate in the CRD’s blue box recycling program need to know:

  • Place your blue box items at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on your next scheduled collection day
  • There are no limits to the amount of material that can be put at the curb but they must be rinsed and separated by material stream (paper products, mixed metal and plastic containers, glass containers)
  • If your material is not collected on your scheduled collection day between January 24 and February 4, put it back out before 8AM the Saturday directly following your collection day
  • Trucks will recover any missed materials from Saturday morning to Sunday evening each weekend

Enjoy finally saying goodbye to those recyclables!