Frequently Asked Questions

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  • The Province of British Columbia recently changed the Recycling Regulation, putting a greater amount of responsibility for recycling printed paper and packaging materials on the producers of these materials. Due to this change in regulation, glass must now be kept separate from other recyclables because of its tendency to break and contaminate other recyclables. Glass is still a recyclable product, but will not be accepted in your blue recycling cart.

    Please visit the Recycle BC website for more information.
  • All refundable glass beverage containers can be returned at any Encorp Return-it Depot for deposit while all other non-refundable glass bottles and containers can be recycled at the City’s Recycling Depot.

    The City’s Recycling Depot, located at 65 East Sixth Ave next to the Canada Games Pool is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and accepts all glass packaging. 

  • If you have questions about why you received a tag or what are acceptable materials for your cart, please contact Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691.
  • Here are some ways to prevent odours or conflicts with wildlife:

    • Keep the lid closed at all times.
    • Sprinkle baking soda in your cart.
    • Keep the cart in a shady area out of direct sunlight.
    • Wash your cart out regularly with a mild non-toxic detergent.
  • Common reasons carts are missed may include:

    Collection hours are 7:00 am - 7:00 pm.

    Crews may not have completed their route and may be delayed for unforeseen reasons.  Collection hours are 7:00 am - 7:00 pm.

    Carts must be spaced 1m apart and 1m away from walls, fences, overhangs, or vehicles.

    Collection alternates week to week.  Please refer to Collection Schedule.

    Statutory holidays may affect collection days.  Please refer to Collection Schedule.

    Carts containing unacceptable items will be marked with a tag.  Please be sure to remove contaminants from your cart.   For detailed information on what to place in each cart see Garbage, Recycling or Greens & Food Scraps.


    How do I report missed collection?

    • Contact Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691 (Mon - Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm) the day following your scheduled collection.


    • Email Include details such as address, phone number, and which cart(s) were missed.


    Please be sure to have your cart out. A truck will be sent back to collect your missed items when available which may take up to 48 hours.

    Note: We cannot guarantee your carts will be collected if you call more than 48 hours after your regularly scheduled collection day.

    • GARBAGE: For occasional extra garbage, please use the Tag-a-Bag program and place the additional bags 1 metre away from carts. Please ensure each bag of garbage possesses a city issued tag and does not exceed 50 lbs. Tags are available for purchase at City Hall and local community centres. Please do not overfill your carts. If you’re finding you have extra garbage regularly, and you have utilized every opportunity to recycle all your recyclable materials, you may wish to consider upsizing your cart. Please contact Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691. Additional charges apply.
    • YARD & FOOD SCRAPS: For extra greens, please use kraft paper bags (no tags required) and group bags 1 metre away from the carts. Please ensure that each kraft paper bag does not exceed 50 lbs.
      During the fall season, please do not rake leaves onto the roadway.
      If you have any extra large pick up of leaves (10 bags or more) – No problem! – Just phone in advance to Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691.
    • RECYCLING: For occasional additional recycling, the City urges residents to utilize the Recycling Depot located at 65 East 6th Ave (open Wed – Sun, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm). Please note that all items must be sorted at the Recycling Depot.
      If your household contains a secondary suite and one single-stream recycling container is not enough for your needs, please contact Engineering Operations at
      604-526-4691 to obtain an extra cart at no additional charge.
  • You may place your carts out on their respective collection week, regardless if full.
  • Engineering Operations
    T 604-526-4691