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Learn what goes where and how to sort your waste into the right bins.

The City of Surrey monitors 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.

Recycling Cart

What Goes In

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

Remove lids, rinse and flatten your recycling.

items you're allowed to recycle

What Stays Out

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

Look up specific item

Non-Recyclable Items

Organic Cart

What Goes In

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


Organic Items

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. 

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Not Organic Items

Know Where to Go

Look up where to find proper disposal depots for non-organic or non-recyclable items.

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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.

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Waste Sorting Guide

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

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