Yard and Garden Waste


The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy issued an OPEN BURNING BAN in effect until June 15 due to respiratory concerns related to COVID19. Category 2 and 3 fires are NOT PERMITTED in high smoke sensitivity zones across BC at this time.

We are working hard to protect our staff and the public at both the Regional Landfill and Church Road Transfer Station during these unprecedented times. 

With the open burning ban in effect, if you have yard and garden waste to dispose of, please consider the following options:

  • Storing it until the emergency ban is lifted
  • Mulch or compost 
  • Become a FireSmart Champion to access community grants - to learn more about the FireSmart program please visit firesmartcanada.ca

If you must get rid of the material, the following facilities are currently open with restrictions:

Location Hours of Operation Note


1716 Northfield Road, Nanaimo

(250) 758-2401

Mon - Fri | 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

By appointment or reservation only.

DBL (Nanaimo)

333 Tenth Street, Nanaimo

(250) 248-3693

Mon - Sun | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

No appointment necessary.

DBL (Parksville)

911 Church Road, Parksville

(250) 248-3693

Mon - Sat | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sun | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

No appointment necessary.

PCWM Recycling Facility (Milner)

Biggs Pit Road, Nanaimo

Mon - Fri | 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Sat | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Sun | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

No appointment necessary.

Church Road Transfer Station

860 Church Road, Parksville

Mon - Sun | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

In order for staff to follow best practices for social distancing and reduce staff/customer interaction, the following measures have been put in place:

  • Only debit, Visa and Mastercard or approved accounts payments are accepted, no cash.
  • Commercial traffic is being given priority is they are deemed essential services in order to safely deal with waste generated during this public health crisis.
  • Keep a distance of 6ft (2m) between staff and other customers.


Yard and Garden Waste

Households throughout the RDN have found backyard composting an easy way to turn yard and garden waste into an organic material that can be reapplied to the soil. For people who have green waste they can't compost or recycle, here are some options.

Self Haul - Take your yard and garden waste (fees apply) to:

  • Regional Landfill - 1105 Cedar Road, Nanaimo, (250) 722-2044
  • Church Road Transfer Station - 860 Church Road, Parksville (250) 248-5254
  • DBL Disposal Services Ltd - 911 Church Rd, Parksville (250) 248 3693
  • Pacific Coast Waste Management (PCWM) – 4299 Biggs Road, Nanaimo, (250) 756-0773
  • DBL Disposal – 3333 Tenth Street, Nanaimo, (250) 741-8923
  • Alpine Disposal and Recycling – 2250 McGarrigle Road, Nanaimo, (250) 751-1089
  • Sharecost Rentals & Sales - 1716 Northfield Road, (250) 758-2401
Scheduled and on-call collection services - Businesses offering scheduled or on-call collection include: Please contact the businesses directly to enquire if they provide service to your area. Their fees and collection programs will vary.

If you are a business operator providing a yard and garden waste collection service or know a business that does, particularly in areas outside the City of Nanaimo, please contact RDN Solid Waste Services at 1-877-607-4111 for a listing on the RDN website.