Curbside Recycling

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

This year Recycle BC, the provincial recycling program, 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 will continue to be accepted in blue/clear bags to avoid spillage.

All residents on Chilliwack's Curbside Collection Program have received one free 120L recycling container to assist with the transition (containers were delivered July 23 - August 3). Residents may also use different or additional lidded containers for recycling.  Other containers require "We Recycle" stickers (free at City Hall).

The City sought feedback from residents regarding the size and style of recycling container they prefer through a survey that ran from January 29 through February 23, 2018.

Enforcement was phased in:

Phase 1 - Starting August 7, 2018, information tags were left to notify residents that recycling bags are being phased out, but materials in bags were still collected during this initial education phase.

Phase 2 - Starting September 1,2018, recycling in bags will be left at the curb with information tags. Only shredded paper will continue to be collected in bags to prevent spillage.  Residents who receive an information tag will be able to rectify the noted issue and place their recycling out for collection the following week.

Watch for these information tags in September during Phase 2 of education/enforcement:

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

2017 Recycling Program Changes

Why did our curbside recycling program change?

On March 1, 2017, Chilliwack joined the provincial stewardship program for packaging and printed paper.  This brings some changes to our curbside recycling program.

The stewardship program helps shift the responsibility for recycling packaging and printed paper to the businesses that produce those materials.  The program is administered by RecycleBC, who collects funds from the producers and offers financial incentives for curbside collection programs. Joining the program will help keep Chilliwack's curbside fees low.

Who was affected by these changes?

The changes affect the recycling collection service provided to single-family homes and duplexes by the City of Chilliwack through Emterra Environmental. 

This does not apply to the townhouses or apartments with collection service from private waste companies.  A small number of townhouses have applied to be part of the City's curbside program, but most townhouses receive service through a private waste company.

Not sure if you are part of our curbside program?  Click here to check your address.

What changed on March 1st,2017?

From March 1st, 2017, residents are able to recycle some additional materials at curbside (aerosol containers, dairy cartons, and a few other new items).  Some items, including plastic bags, glass, and styrofoam are not currently collected through the curbside program, but can be taken to a depot for free recycling. Recycle BC requires these materials to be separated from other curbside recyclables because they can break easily or are more difficult to sort. Keeping them separate allows the materials to be recycled more efficiently for the highest possible use.

Changes to the program are highlighted below. A more detailed list and explanation of the accepted materials is provided at the bottom of this webpage.

Looking for recycling/disposal options for items?

In addition to the new materials we are accepting at curbside, you can continue to place the following recyclables in your containers for weekly collection.

Material Preparation Reminders

  • Empty and rinse containers – food waste contaminates recyclables.
  • Remove caps and lids from containers and place loose in recycling.
  • Flatten and cut cardboard to max. 1.25 m/4ft length, place in recycling container 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 and must be placed inside your recycling container; place all other recyclables loose in your recycling container. 

There is no limit to the total amount of 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 lid and handles.  Resident-supplied containers must have a "We Recycle" sticker for easy identification (stickers are available free from City Hall).

Description Date File Size
Curbside Recycling List 2018-04-12 343KB
Plastics Recycling Guide 2018-03-09 532KB
Updated Curbside Sorting Guide 2018-03-09 282KB

Recycling/Bottle Depots

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