A 2004 survey found that residents place 3.18 cans/bags out on each collection day. The City also conducted an analysis of the amount of residential garbage taken to the landfill site by weight. Volume by weight equivalent is estimated to be 2.5 - 3.0 bags/cans. Based on this, the City expects that residential customers will need a medium size cart. The medium size cart is equivalent to three average-size garbage cans, which should be adequate for most families, and is recommended given the survey statistics. Residents whose needs exceed the medium capacity have the option of choosing the large cart, which is equivalent to over four average-sized garbage cans. The small cart holds the equivalent capacity of 1 and ½ average-size garbage cans and is available to residents under special circumstances, such as single occupant households, or people whom recycle and compost regularly. The small cart is not recommended as scheduled holidays will affect the volume (such as Easter and Christmas). Industry experts recommend the medium or the large cart for residents of the City of Prince George.
Only refuse that is inside the cart will be collected. Excess refuse can be disposed of at the Vanway Transfer Station or the Foothills Boulevard Landfill. For more information on reduce and reuse options available in the Prince George area consult the Regional District's Waste Reduction Directory [PDF].