Curbside Recycling

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

Many common household recyclable items are accepted through the curbside program. Some items, including plastic bags, glass, styrofoam and other flexible plastic packaging must be kept separate and are not currently collected at curbside, but can be taken to a depot for free recycling.

A curbside glass collection program is planned to commence in Spring 2019. Details will be posted as program arrangements are finalized.

Curbside program information is 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?

Residents can place the following mixed recyclables in 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; 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).

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 will continue to be accepted in blue/clear bags to avoid spillage.

All residents on Chilliwack's Curbside Collection Program received one free 120L recycling container 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).

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

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.

Description Date File Size
Curbside and Depot Recycling List 2019-01-22 1.11MB
Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Photo Examples 2019-01-22 5.78MB
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