Composting in Powell River has the potential to divert
approximately 4,100 tonnes of waste from the landfill each year.

Starting October 1st, 2016 a new Community Organics Recovery Exchange (C.O.R.E.) pilot program will be available to all residents and businesses. Food scraps and yard waste can be dropped off for FREE at two locations. Smaller household loads (under 50 litres or 20 pounds) can be brought to the Town Centre Recycling Depot (in the parking lot in between Rona and the thrift stores) Monday thru to Saturday, 8am to 5:30pm. Larger loads can be delivered to Sunshine Disposal and Recycling (4484 Franklin Ave.) Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm only.  Note: maximum load size is 2 yards.


Commencing October 16, 2017, 400 residences were selected and encouraged to participate in a curbside organics collection program for 6 to 12 months. Those selected received notification by mail and a drop by from the Let’s Talk Trash education team. For more information, contact 604 485-8657 or send an email to


In 2012 the Powell River Regional District hired the Let’s Talk Trash team to facilitate a Composting Advisory Committee as recommended in the region’s Solid Waste Management Plan. The committee included community representatives appointed by the Regional Board and the consulting firm Net Zero Waste who produced a report entitled Organics Processing Facility Feasibility Analysis.

In September 2012, the Regional Board approved an Organics Collection Action Plan, as recommended by the Composting Advisory Committee. This Plan was temporarily put in abeyance until the MultiMaterials BC (MMBC) initiative was firmly established. At the December 2014 Committee of the Whole meeting, the Committee removed the Plan from abeyance and approved a Request For Information to be advertised in early 2015 to seek information from interested private sector composting providers.


Any questions or comments about composting in Powell River may be referred to the Powell River Regional District’s Let’s Talk Trash team. Check out our 5 Easy Tips for Making Compost in Bear Country brochure and our How to be a Bear Smart Community poster.

Let’s Talk Trash:


Phone: 604 485-2260 (ask for Abby, Ingalisa or Tai)