Regional District of Nanaimo | Information for Property Owners and Managers

Information for Property Owners and Managers

The ban on landfill disposal of recyclable materials applies to all residential buildings in the region, including apartments, condominiums, townhouses, strata complexes, and mobile home parks.

RDN Bylaw 1531 makes both properties that generate waste and waste haulers responsible for separating banned materials from their refuse. To comply, all multi-family complexes must have system in place to separate and store recyclable materials for hauling to a licensed facility or depot.

Enforcement of recyclable materials ban

Enforcement is being phased in. Waste haulers and generators will be subject to fines for loads containing banned materials taken to RDN Solid Waste Facilities.



Costs to expand recycling systems

Costs to expand recycling services depend on the equipment used, volumes, and frequency of collection. Please contact your waste hauler for details.

Food and organic waste collection
Future landfill bans may include residential food waste. Several multi-family buildings have implemented food waste collection programs. Multi-family owners and managers should contact their waste hauler to determine the suitability of introducing food waste collection in their building.

Other landfill ban materials affecting multi-family dwellings

The RDN has a policy of banning industry-led Provincial Product Stewardship program materials from landfill disposal.

  • Automotive oil, filters and anti-freeze
  • Batteries
  • Electronics (TVs, computers, home stereos, cameras etc.)
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Household hazardous waste (flammable liquids, pesticides, solvents)
  • Paint
  • Refundable beverage containers
  • Small appliances (Countertop (toasters, microwaves etc.), personal care (hair dryers, electric tooth brushes etc.), garment care (irons, steamers etc.) and time and weight measurement (electric clocks and scales).
  • Tires

For more information on Product Stewardship programs and materials call the Recycling
Council of BC Hotline at 1-800-667-4321 or visit,,, and

Benefits of expanded multi-family recycling
Supports the region's waste diversion and sustainability goals;
Enables multi-family residents to participate at the same level as those receiving curbside recycling service;
Conserves landfill space, energy and resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and
Creates local jobs and supports a local green economy.

Resources provided by the RDN
RDN Solid Waste Services staff is available to provide recycling information to multi-family property owners and management. Call Solid Waste Services at (250) 390-6560 or 1-877-607-4111 (Toll Free) or email zerowaste [at]

The following educational materials for multi-family property owners/managers and residents have been developed and are available for download or by calling RDN Solid Waste Services.