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What Goes Where

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 the Regeneration 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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