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City of Salmon Arm
Box 40
500 2 Ave. NE
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
Ph: 250.803.4000
Fx: 250.803.4041
Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Garbage and Recycling Collection Winter Procedures
The winter months in Salmon Arm can pose a challenge for collection trucks. Progressive Waste’s Collection trucks are equipped with chains, but sometimes they are still unable to reach every property in a safe, timely manner due to snowy/icy road conditions.

Winter Storms
Snow Clearing Priority
After a snowstorm, roads are cleared on a priority basis. While the City does collaborate with Progressive Waste Solutions to keep collection routes open, clearing major roads, the hospital, bus routes, school zones and severe hill areas is the first priority.

On snowy/icy days trucks can run 1-3 hours late due to slower speeds and/or mechanical problems. On these days, please wait until 3 p.m. to report a missed collection. You may then call Progressive Waste at 250-832-3059.

Missed Collections
If collection on your street is missed due to poor road conditions, bags will be collected on the next weekday that the road becomes accessible. You may accrue garbage for each day of non-collection up to a limit of 1 standard bag per week.

Bag and Cans
Please ensure that you place your bags and/or cans by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Proper bag placement can be difficult during the winter months. Please place your bags in a visible, accessible location (i.e. in front of snow banks, not behind or on top of them), as close to the road as possible (preferably within 1m), but not blocking roads or sidewalks. Usually the best location is at the end of your driveway. Collection staff cannot enter private property to retrieve your bags.

In the winter months, it is recommended (although not required) that you do not use colourless clear bags or white bags as they are difficult to see in the snow. For recycling, transparent blue bags are recommended; for garbage, black, green, or orange bags are recommended.

Missed Collections
Bags can be missed due to poor visibility in the winter. If this happens, you may call Progressive Waste at 250.832.3059 to report a missed collection.