Curbside Recycling

Chilliwack is part of the provincial stewardship program for packaging and paper products administered by Recycle BC

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Curbside Glass Collection

Containers for glass recycling: The Grey Bin must be used for curbside glass collection; no other container styles are permitted to ensure materials are easily identified by the collection crews.  Additional Grey Bins will be available at City Hall for a fee ($4).

Glass collection frequency: Glass bottles and jars will be collected bi-weekly, following the same bi-weekly collection schedule as garbage. 

Glass and garbage will be collected at the same time, in trucks that have split compartments to separately store the materials. This will maximize efficiency, reduce the number of collection vehicles on residents' roads and keep program fees as low as possible for residents.

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Items Accepted in Curbside Mixed Recycling

Residents can place the following mixed recyclables in containers (e.g. Blue Bins) for weekly collection.

Items Not Accepted in Curbside Recycling Program

The following items are not accepted in mixed recycling or glass recycling.

Material Preparation Reminders

  • Empty and rinse containers – food waste contaminates recyclables.
  • Remove caps and lids from containers and place loose in mixed recycling (e.g. Blue Bin).
  • Place glass bottles and jars in Grey Bin.
  • Flatten and cut cardboard to max. 1.25 m/4ft length, place in mixed recycling container (e.g. Blue Bin) or stack beside/under containers at the curb.
  • Place shredded paper in a clear/blue bag inside your recycling container to prevent spillage.  Bags are only permitted for shredded paper; place all other recyclables loose in your recycling container. 

There is no limit to the total amount of mixed recyclables that can be placed at the curb for collection each week. Each container can be up to a maximum 120L (max. 25kg/55lbs) and must have a removeable lid and handles. 

The lid must be removeable and not hinged or permanently attached to the container since the containers are emptied manually by the collection crew.

A Blue Bin was provided to each resident on the curbside program in summer 2018. New homes that come onto the curbside program receive a Blue Bin. Additional or replacement Blue Bins are available at City Hall for a fee ($21).

Other resident-supplied containers used for mixed recycling must have a "We Recycle" sticker for easy identification (stickers are available free from City Hall). 

Single Use Recycling Bags (Blue/Clear Bags) Phased Out in 2018

Recycle BC required the phasing out of “single use bags”, commonly referred to as blue bags, in Chilliwack's curbside collection program. The bags were phased out at the end of August, 2018.

The bags were phased out because reusable containers are more environmentally friendly (create less waste) and single use bags negatively impact the recycling process by getting tangled in the sorting equipment. Shredded paper is the only exception, and continues to be accepted in blue/clear bags to avoid spillage.

All residents on Chilliwack's curbside collection program received one free 120L recycling container (Blue Bin) to assist with the transition. Residents may also use different or additional lidded containers for recycling. Other containers require "We Recycle" stickers (free at City Hall).

Who is Recycle BC?

Recycle BC is a not-for-profit organization who administers the packaging and paper product stewardship program, which helps shift the responsibility for recycling packaging and printed paper to the businesses that produce those materials. Recycle BC collects funds from the producers and offers financial incentives for curbside collection programs. Being part of the program helps keep Chilliwack's curbside fees low.

Looking for more information? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the City at curbside@chilliwack.com or 604.793.2787.

Attachments
Description Date File Size
Curbside & Depot Recycling List - April 2019 2019-03-06 1.12MB
Curbside Sorting Guide - April 2019 2019-03-06 358KB
Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Photo Examples 2019-01-22 5.78MB
Plastics Recycling Guide 2019-03-07 333KB
Quick Reference Guide - April 2019 2019-03-06 5.58MB

Recycling/Bottle Depots

Information on Recycling/Bottle Depots including locations, hours of operation, and items accepted