Curbside Collection

 Note: Have you received your new grey box for glass? If your neighbours have received their grey box but yours hasn’t yet arrived, call 604-532-7300.

New Recycling Program

Follow these new instructions for recycling

  1. Separate glass items from other recyclables and place them in the new grey box.
    You will receive a new grey box to separate glass bottles and jars. Grey boxes will arrive in July or August, depending on your neighbourhood.
  2. Recycle all paper, including newsprint, in the same yellow bag. 
    The new recycle program phases out the blue bag. While you will receive a new yellow bag with the delivery of your grey box, as a way to reuse and reduce waste, you can continue to use your existing yellow or blue bags for paper recycling until they wear out. 
  3. The list of items that can be recycled at the curb is growing. 
    New items will be accepted in recycling, while others have changed sorting locations. A detailed brochure will arrive with your new grey box, or view Recycle at Home  online, anytime.

When did it start?

Program updates began July 3. Residents should now separate glass and combine paper recycling. If your new container for glass hasn’t arrived, separate glass through one of the options below:

  1. Store glass until you receive your new grey box.
  2. Place glass at the curb in a small, sturdy container (such as a Rubbermaid storage bin) or your old blue bag.
  3. Bring glass to a depot. For depot locations, visit rcbc.ca  or call 604-RECYCLE (732-9253).

New Recycling Program

What Goes Where?

New Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Township is joining Recycle BC, a not-for-profit recycling organization already operating in most municipalities throughout British Columbia.

The Recycle BC program differs, slightly, from what was previously in place at the Township. Adjusting the Township’s processes will ensure they align with Recycle BC’s requirements.

Recycle BC is an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program responsible for recycling packaging and paper products from residential properties. Funded by businesses such as manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants, Recycle BC manages residential recycling for the majority of the province. To learn more about the organization, visit Recycle BC .

The new Recycle BC program requires separating glass from other recycled items. Tipping glass into the recycling truck can cause it to break and ‘contaminate’ other recycling with bits of broken glass. Separating glass from other recyclables will help increase the amount of glass, and other material, actually recycled.

Yes, there are some new items that can now be recycled, and some items that are now recycled in a different bag or container. For details, see the Recycle at Home guide .  

New grey boxes will arrive in July or August, depending on your neighbourhood.

You have several options. Choose whichever works best for you!

  1. Store glass until you receive your new grey box.
  2. Place glass at the curb in a small, sturdy container (such as a Rubbermaid storage bin) or your old blue bag.
  3. Bring glass to a depot. For depot locations, visit rcbc.ca  or call 604-RECYCLE (732-9253).

Properties with multiple dwellings will receive an individual grey box for every household. All grey boxes for the property will be delivered to the main house or the property’s entranceway. If you receive multiple grey boxes, please distribute these to any suites, coach houses, mobile homes, or other households residing on your property.

Think you’ve received an extra grey box in error? If you’re a renter, please check with your landlord to ensure there aren’t additional households on the property. If there aren’t, give us a call at 604-532-7300 and we’ll arrange pick up of the extra grey boxes.

Yes. While glass beverage containers go in the new grey box, most others (such as plastic, aluminum, or gable-top juice containers) go in the blue box. Foil drink pouches, however, are not accepted in your municipal recycling but can be recycled at Return-It depots. 

But before placing your refundable, empty containers into the grey box, consider taking them back to a Return-It depot. Your items will still be recycled, and you’ll collect the deposit you paid at point-of-purchase. After all, you paid the deposit… don’t miss the refund!

Yes. Please remove lids and recycle them in your blue box. The new grey box is for glass bottles and jars only (though you can leave on paper labels).

Properties receiving curbside collection will receive a new yellow bag with the delivery of their grey box. This will ensure everyone has the collection containers they need.

While the blue bag is no longer needed with the Recycle BC program, you’re encouraged to reduce waste and reuse your existing yellow or blue bag for all paper products until they wear out. When it is time to dispose of the bags, place them in your household garbage.

The new program accepts any packaged-product container in the recycling, including most of your household containers for food, soap, cleaning products, etc. This means no more searching the package for numbers! 

Despite being plastic, some items not considered packaging (such as toys) are not accepted in the program. 

If you’re not sure about an item, search the What Goes Where? tool.

When leftover liquids spill out of items like coffee cups, it can affect the recyclability of other paper and cardboard. Placing coffee cups with other containers will prevent this contamination. Since coffee cups have a lining made of both paper and plastic, sorting them with other containers also makes sense for processing at the recycling facility.

There’s no limit to the amount of residential recycling you can set out.

Order additional blue boxes, yellow bags, or grey boxes free of charge online or call Sierra Waste at 604-530-3939. 

Still have questions?

Contact the Engineering Division at 604-532-7300 or opsinfo@tol.ca.