Organics Collection in Surrey
Reduce unneccessary waste by putting your organics in your organics bin.
Surrey is committed to recycling 80% of the region's waste by 2020. Learn more about the City's waste reduction goals in the Surrey Sustainability Charter and Metro Vancouver's Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan.
Organics Collection Day
Your organics bin is collected every week. Learn when your collection day is or about any changes to your waste collection schedule.
Reduce smells and keep pests away by keeping your organics cart clean.
Surrey Rethink Waste Mobile App
Get instant access to your garbage, recycling and organics information in the palm of your hand. Find out your pick-up schedule or set up notifications for pick-up reminders or disruptions.
Learn more about how to find and download the Surrey Rethink Waste Mobile app.
Sorting Your Organics
Not sure what goes into your organics cart? Let the Waste Wizard and our organics guides help!
What Goes In
- fruits & vegetables
- eggs & dairy products
- pasta & grains
- meat, poultry & bones
- baked goods
- salad & dressing
- fish & seafood
- tea & coffee grounds
- cooking oil
- paper towels
- soiled pizza boxes
- grass clippings
- flowers & leaves
- small trimmings
- plants (no soil or rocks)
Tip: Put food or yard waste in your cart first to help soak up any cooking oil.
What Stays Out
- No plastic: When cleaning out your fridge, please remember to remove food from plastic bags, wrap and styrofoam.
- No elastics: Remove elastic bands from bundled vegetables like celery, green onions, and asparagus.
- No diapers, sanitary products or pet waste
Organics carts with any of these contaminant materials will not be serviced and you may receive a contamination notice.
- Ensure your organics cart is full prior to using kraft paper bags or additional cans.
- Place excess next to your cart; in kraft paper bags properly closed; in old yard waste containers with a yard sticker attached; or tied with natural twine in bundles no larger than 1 x 0.6 m (3 x 2 ft). Make sure the weight of the yard waste bags or containers does not exceed 25 kg (50 lbs).
- See Stickers, Bags and Calendars to find out where to purchase kitchen or yard waste bags.
Overflowing organics cart might not be picked up by our crews. If you regularly use extra bags or cans for yard waste, please request a larger or additional cart.
Learn more about exchanging, replacing or ordering carts.
An alternative or supplement to your organics bin is puting your organic waste into a backyard or apartment compost. Learn more about composting in Surrey.
Do not use garburators to dispose of your food scraps. It puts extra pressure on City sewage systems and treatment plants. Putting organics, such as bones and starchy foods, down the drain can cause blockages as they build up and dry within the pipes.
Use your Surrey kitchen catcher to separate your organic waste indoors. Buy Kraft paper bags at participating City Recreation Facilities (10 for $1.00). Or, line your kitchen catcher with newspaper or paper bags for easy cleaning.
Branch Collection Program (Surrey Residents only)
- Cost is $25.00 per 1.5 metres x 1.5 metres (5ft x 5ft) pile (length of branches does not matter)
- Branches should be neatly piled on City boulevard with butt ends toward road
- Branches must be less than 20 centimetres (8”) in diameter
- No stumps are permitted
Call 604-591-4340 for service.
What Happens to Your Organic Waste
- Put your organic waste into your compost to help grow a sustainable garden. Learn more about composting in Surrey.
- We transport your organic waste materials to the Harvest Power Facility in Richmond.
- Materials at the facility are unloaded and put into a compost pile.
- The compost process transforms the organics waste into soil using micro-organisms like bacteria and fungi to break down the organic materials.
- For the compost process to work best, micro-organisms need a continuous supply of food (eg. organics), water and oxygen. Managing the temperature of the composting material is also important to make the process work.
- Once the compost process is completed, the end material is a high-quality soil and mulch that is distributed throughout BC.
Learn about food scraps recycling.
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