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Organic Waste

We pick up organic waste at curbside for single-family households and multi-family buildings every week according to the waste collection schedule.

Put all consumable food waste, food soiled paper and yard trimmings in your organics cart. You can still choose to do backyard composting with your yard waste to give nutrition to your garden, lawn and plants and boost your soil structure but only put vegetable-type waste from your kitchen scraps in your compost. Putting other organic items in the compost may create pest and rodent issues.

Kitchen Catcher

Newspaper Liner Instructions

Use your 7-litre kitchen catcher to separate your organic waste indoors and reduce your number of trips out to your organics cart. To make cleaning easier, line your kitchen catcher with newspaper or brown paper bags - don't use plastic or biodegradable/compostable bags as they're not accepted in the organics cart.

Food Isn't Garbage: 2015 Organics Ban

In 2015, Metro Vancouver banned organic materials, including food scraps, from disposal as garbage. For more information on the ban, please visit or view this short video which explains the new rules.

Organic Waste Process

  • 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, including the Kraft paper bags.
  • 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.

Branch Collection Program (for 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

For service call Engineering at 604-591-4340.

About Pet Waste

Pet waste can't go in the organics cart because of its composition, and because most people use plastic to collect it and throw it out.

See Metro Vancouver's tips for what to do with your pet waste and other problematic materials for other options.

Diapers can't go in the organics cart because of their plastic shell, even if they're made of biodegradable plastic.


Contamination Notices

Reminder to please refrain from putting plastics in your Organics Cart.

food scraps

What Goes In: Organics

Check out this funny, new video reminder from Metro Vancouver to keep plastics out of your green Organics Cart!

Hey! Food isn't garbage. Food scraps belong in your green bin.

Organics Disposal Ban

Learn more about Metro Vancouver's region-wide Organics Disposal Ban.

Garbage cart being lifted by a Surrey waste collection truck.

Collection Calendars and Waste Diversion Guides

Use your Surrey address to find your waste collection schedule.

Biofuel Facility

Organic Biofuel Facility

Read how Surrey is set to become the only fully integrated closed-loop waste management system in North America.



Learn to compost in 10 easy steps with your Earth Machine Composter and the City of Surrey.

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Contamination Notices

Reminder to please refrain from putting plastics in your Organics Cart.

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