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COVID-19 Update: Help Protect our Waste Collection Workers: As a precaution for the health and safety of waste collection workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes have been put in effect to protect our waste collection workers:

Curbside garbage, organics and recycling pickup
Effective March 30, 2020, garbage, organics and recycling must be contained within carts. Only items contained within carts will be picked up.

Large Item Pick Up Program
In addition, effective March 30, in order to prioritize waste collection services, the Large Item Pick Up Program will be suspended until further notice.  Any large item scheduled for pickup on or after this date, will be rescheduled for pickup at a later date.

Recycling depots
Some recycling depots and disposal facilities are suspending service or reducing service hours to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Before heading to your local facility, please confirm with them that they are open and that their hours have not changed. Please refer to the Recycling Council of BC and Metro Vancouver websites for updates. Place any depot items that are accepted in curbside recycling in your recycling cart. Please avoid visiting these facilities if it is not necessary or if you are sick.

The City of Surrey will be monitoring individual recycling carts to ensure compliance with the recycling program requirements. To ensure your recycling cart is serviced, please only place acceptable materials in the recycling cart.

With the help of residents we are working together to reduce waste. Learn if your item can be recycled, put in the organics cart, or put in the garbage cart.

On the move but need a sorting guide? View the PDF version of the Waste Diversion Guide and/or download the Rethink Waste App.

Recycling Cart

What Goes In

  • Aerosol cans
  • Plastic packaging
  • Paper products and packaging
  • Metal containers and packaging 

Remove lids, rinse and flatten your recycling.

What Stays Out

  • Styrofoam
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Plastic bags/soft plastics 
  • Small propane tanks

>> Look up your specific item


Aerosol cans, plastic containers, paper products and metal products go in the recycling

Styrofoam, glass, propane tanks and plastic bags do not go in the reyclcling cart

Organics Cart

What Goes In

  • Yard waste
  • Food waste (like cooking oils, tea, and coffee grounds)

What Stays Out

  • Pet waste
  • Diapers
  • Plastic bags
  • Milk jugs

Another way to reduce waste is to compost organic material.

If you're doing yard work, learn about pruning trees and removal of large branches/woody plant material.

>> Look up your specific item

Hazardous Waste

​Batteries, electronics, sharps and other hazardous materials require special handling.

Please visit Product Care Recycling's website, the Recycling Council of BC website, or call the recycling hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253) for information about the proper disposal procedure and a facility near you.

Kitchen Catchers

To make cleaning easier, kitchen catchers can be lined with newspaper, paper towel, or kraft paper bags. Kraft paper bags can be purchased in packages of 10 for $1.00 at participating City Recreation Facilities. Plastic or compostable bags are not permitted.

For more information regarding kitchen catchers, please call our Waste Collection Hotline at 604-590-7289.

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