Garbage & Recycling Collection

Effective April 1, 2017 garbage collection shall be limited to a maximum of 75 litres of garbage per residential dwelling unit per week.

Changes to Acceptable Waste Container - Bylaw Revisions effective May 9, 2016

Residents are advised that leaving garbage on the curb in plastic bags without an acceptable waste container is no longer permitted.  Effective May 9, 2016 changes to Waste Regulation Bylaw #1845 require that all residential waste for curbside collection be contained in rigid plastic or non-corrosive metal containers.  Residents are encouraged to use plastic bags to line their waste containers to prevent loose garbage and debris from being blown in the wind when emptied and decreasing odors in the container that may attract wildlife. Please note that recycling materials (properly rinsed) are still permitted in plastic recycling bags

Acceptable waste containers must comply with the following regulations:

(a)     Maximum volume of 75 Litres (16.5 imperial gallons);

(b)     Maximum weight of 22.5 kilograms (50 pounds) when full;
(c)     Constructed of rigid plastic or non-corrosive metal;
(d)     Water tight cover;
(e)     Strong enough to withstand normal handling and lifting;
(f)      Opening that permits emptying with minimum effort; and
(g)     Handle(s) that enable the container to be lifted and emptied safely by one person.

The bylaw provides a grace period up to May 31, 2016 for residents to obtain waste containers that meet the above criteria. Remember we are a Wild Safe Community! Waste and Regulation Bylaw No. 1845 prohibits garbage from being placed for pickup before 5:00 a.m. on your collection day! Wildlife attractants include antifreeze, paint, petroleum products, food products, food waste, decaying matter and other accessible edible products or waste that attracts wildlife. Waste Regulation Bylaw No. 1845.

Bear Resistant Dumpsters

If you miss garbage day, or do not have a garage to store garbage securely between collection days, the City of Fernie is happy to offer bear resistant dumpsters, available for public use 24/7.

These dumpsters can be found at five locations:

  • Max Turyk
  • Fernie Memorial Arena
  • City Hall
  • The Aquatic Center
  • Fernie Mobile Home Park
The dumpsters for public use can be identified by a “keep wildlife wild” sticker.

Has your garbage been missed?

Complete a Request for Service or contact City Hall at (250) 423-6817. The Transfer Station is, located on Highway 3 at Brenner Road across from Home Hardware, open Mon-Fri (9 am - 5 pm) and Sat-Sun (10 am - 4 pm) and closed on Statutory Holidays. There are no fees for household waste.

RDEK Yellow Bin Program

Public recycle bins for plastics #1 - #6, paper, cardboard, tin and aluminum cans (no glass or wood products please) are located at:

Wood, glass and composting bins are available at the Transfer Station located on Highway 3 at Brenner Road, across from the Home Hardware, open Mon-Fri (9 am - 5 pm) and Sat-Sun (10 am - 4 pm) and closed on Statutory Holidays.

Bring your used household batteries and cell phones to City Hall or the Fernie Aquatic Centre for recycling. Bottle, electronics, small appliances, power tools, and sealed paint containers can be recycled at the Fernie Bottle Depot at 1291 Ridgemont Avenue.

Useful Resources

For more information on garbage and recycling, please visit: