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Residential FAQ's

Curbside Collection  

What is included in Curbside Collection?

Everything you need to know about Garbage

Everything you need to know about Recycling

Everything you need to know about Compostable Waste


Everything you need to know about Garbage

How often is my residential garbage collected?

Garbage is collect bi-weekly or every second week. Pick-up is marked on your schedule by the black garbage can icon.

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What can I do to help keep bears away from my area?

Refer to the Top 10 Sheet provided by WildSafe BC for tips on ways can keep neighbourhood safe. Additional information can be found on the Wildsafe BC website at www.wildsafebc.com

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Where and when do I place my containers on pick-up day?

All garbage, recyclables and compostables must be within one meter of the curbside, unless special arrangements are made.  Please ensure snowbanks and parked cars do not impede collection and have all materials out by 7am.

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What do I do if my collection is missed?

If you live in the contractor collection area, please contact Emterra at 604-864-5640.

If your waste is collected by the City or if you are unsure who provides your collection, please call 604-853-5485.  

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What size of container can I use for my garbage?

  • All cans must be less than 80L in size, have two functional handles and be less than 23kg (50lb) in weight
  • Containers have a maximum height of 76cm (30 inches)  
  • Can must have a water tight lid
  • Maximum bag size is 66 x 92 cm
  • Cans will NOT be collected if they are oversized and greater than 80L or over 50L without two graspable handles.
  • View the Acceptable Containers for Curbside Collection Flyer for additional information.

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Is there a size restriction for garbage bags?

The size restriction for garbage bags is 66 cm x 92 cm (26” x 36”) when empty. 

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How many garbage containers can I put out every second week?

A maximum of three garbage containers (cans or bags) will be collected every two weeks. 

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What if I have more than three garbage containers for collection?

You must purchase stickers for additional garbage containers. Stickers can be purchased for $2 at City Hall or at the Abbotsford or Matsqui Recreation Centres. 

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What items are banned from the garbage?

All blue bag recyclables, yard waste, food waste, pet waste, car batteries, oil and oil filters, gypsum/drywall, building/demolition materials, medications/pharmaceuticals, paints, gasoline, pesticides, electronic waste (computers, printers, tv’s, etc.) and ashes. 

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What do I do with kitty litter and pet waste?

Kitty litter can be double bagged, securely tied and placed into the curbside garbage.  No more than 5L of kitty litter can be placed in one garbage container.  Dog waste is banned from curbside collection.  View the brochure on other ways to dispose of pet waste. 

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What do I do with items that are banned from garbage collection (ie: hazardous waste, bulky items, etc.)?

View the Recycling and Disposal Options for current solutions

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What if I live in the bear-container area of Abbotsford?

If you live in the Upper Straiton area, the City will provide you with a bear resistant container.  Please use Bear Smart practices with all garbage, recyclables and compostables. 

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Where is curbside garbage taken?

Curbside garbage is taken to the First Class Transfer Station, located at 34613 Vye Road. Current rates and details are available on the on the  First Class Transfer Station website  or call 604-504-2818. 

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What can I do if I see illegal dumping?

The City cleans up illegal dumping and litter on public property.  To report illegal dumping, please call Engineering Operations at 604-853-5485. 

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Everything you need to know about Recycling

How often are recyclables collected?

Recyclables are collected every week. Pick-up is marked on your schedule by the coloured square. 

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Where and when do I place my containers on pick-up day?

All garbage, recyclables and compostables must be within one meter of the curbside, unless other special arrangements are made.  Please ensure snowbanks and parked cars do not impede collection and have all materials out by 7am.

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What do I do if my collection is missed?

If you live in the contractor collection area, please contact Emterra at 604-864-5640.

If your waste is collected by the City or if you are unsure who provides your collection, please call 604-853-5485.  

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How many bags of recyclabes can I put out for weekly collection?

There is no limit to the amount of blue recycling bags put out for collection.

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Do I need to sort or wash my recyclables?

Recyclables do not need to be sorted, but they do need to be clean and dry and placed in a transparent blue bag for collection. Blue bags can be purchased at most grocery or building supply stores in Abbotsford. 

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What is the size restriction for blue bags?

The size restriction for blue bags is 66 cm x 92 cm (26” x 36”) when empty. 

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Does cardboard and newspaper need to go in a blue bag?

Large amounts of cardboard and newspaper can be bundled with twine. Bundles must not exceed 23kg and may not be longer than 60cm (2ft) in any direction. 

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Where are the curbside recyclables taken?

Recyclables are taken to the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Depot, located at 33670 Valley Road. Information about hours and rates are available on the ACS Recycling website or call 604-850-3551. 

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What materials are accepted for drop off at the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Depot?

Materials accepted at the drop-off area include: all blue bag recyclables, paint, gasoline, flammable liquids, household pesticides, batteries, scrap metal, electronics, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, fluorescent tubes, aerosol cans, small appliances, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, books and clothing.  More information, including the compost demonstration garden, the education program and more is available on the ACS Recycling website.

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Where are the Recycle BC Depots Located?

There are four Recycle BC depots available for Abbotsford residents. Information about what depots take and hours of operation is available on the Recycle BC website. Residents can also use the city's online What goes Were - Waste Wizard, to find out where to dispose of material.

  • Abbotsford Bottle Depot
    33236 Walsh Avenue, Abbotsford

  • Abbotsford Mission Recycling Depot (AMRD)
    33670 Valley Rd, Abbotsford

  • Aldergrove Return-It Depot
    27482 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove

  • R&T Recyclables & Bottle Depot
    Unit 23 - 31550 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
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Everything you need to know about Compostable Waste

What is compostable waste?

Compostable waste is any form of food waste or yard waste. It’s also known as “green” waste.

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What can I do to help keep bears away from my area?

Refer to the Top 10 Sheet provided by Wildsafe BC for tips on ways you can keep your neighbourhood safe. Additional information can be found on the Wildsafe BC website.

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What does food waste include?

Food waste includes meat, bones, grain products (bread), coffee grounds, coffee filters, tea bags, dairy products, eggs, egg shells, fruits, vegetables, pasta, nuts, nutshells, fats, oils, butter, mayonnaise, paper plates, paper egg cartons, napkins, paper towels, pizza boxes, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, etc. 

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What does yard waste include?

Yard waste includes grass clippings, tree prunings, hedge prunings, leaves, plants, flowers, weeds, bark mulch and trunks/branches up to 1.0m in length and 0.6m in diameter. 

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How is often is compostable waste collected?

Compostable waste is collected weekly.  Pick-up is marked on your schedule by the coloured square. 

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Where and when do I place my containers on pick-up day?

All garbage, recyclables and compostables must be within one meter of the curbside, unless other special arrangements are made.  Please ensure snowbanks and parked cars do not impede collection and have all materials out by 7am.

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What do I do if my collection is missed?

If you live in the contractor collection area, please contact Emterra at 604-864-5640.

If your waste is collected by the City or if you are unsure who provides your collection, please call 604-853-5485.  

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How many compostable waste containers can I put out for weekly collection?

A maximum of 10 compostable waste containers will be collected weekly.

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What size of container can I use for compostable waste?

All cans must be less than 80L in size, have two functional handles and be less than 23kg (50lb) in weight. Containers have a  maximum height of 76cm (30 inches) You need to have a compostable waste or yard waste sticker on the front of your can. Stickers are available free of charge at Abbotsford City Hall, Matsqui and Abbotsford Recreation Centres.

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Can I place my food and yard waste in the same container?

Yes, all food and yard waste can be combined. 

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What materials are not accepted in the curbside compostable collection?

Please do not include the following in your curbside compost: glass, plastics (including compostable/biodgradable plastic), Styrofoam, disposable coffee cups, metals, wax paper, diapers, baby wipes, cigarette butts, rocks, dirt, sod, animal feces, treated wood, oversized trunks/branches and stumps. 

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Can I use compostable plastic bags for my food and yard waste?

No, compostable plastics are not accepted at the compost facility and are not permitted in curbside compostable collection. 

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How can I line my compost container?

View the folding instructions to make a newspaper liner for your kitchen compost container.  Large curbside containers can be lined with paper bags, newspapers, grass, cedar needles or leaves. 

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Can I use Kraft paper bags?

Kraft paper bags with yard waste only can be placed at the curbside for collection. Kraft paper bags with yard waste that are placed at the curbside for collection must be under 12kg (25lb) and should not be left out in the rain to maintain their carrying integrity.

Kraft paper bags containing any food waste cannot be used as a curbside container, but can be placed inside an appropriately designed hard plastic or metal curbside container with a City compostable or yard waste sticker on it.  

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What is the maximum size of trunks and branches that will be collected?

  • Tree trunks and branches can be up to 15cm in diameter and can be no longer than 1.0m in length.
  • Bundles can be up to 60cm (2ft) in diameter and can be no longer than 1.0m in length.
  • All bundles must be tied with compostable string (jute or cotton). 

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Where can I drop off additional compostable waste?

Residents and businesses may drop off compostable waste at Net Zero Waste Abbotsford Composting Facility, 5050 Gladwin Road.  Information on hours and rates are available on the Net Zero Waste Abbotsford Composting Facility website  or call 604-557-7065.

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Can I use a backyard composter?

Yes! Backyard composters are great for the environment and are available at most local hardware stores.  For more information on backyard composting see our handy brochure.

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Can I put plastic products in the curbside compostable container?

No. All of Abbotsford’s compostable waste goes to a composting center (Net Zero Waste), which is then turned into an organic, composted soil product for the retail market. All types of plastic, even the biodegradable type, do not break down small enough and result in small plastic pellets in the soil, which makes it unsuitable for use. This includes plastic bag liners, bread tags and labels on fruits and vegetables.

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Can I use “certified compostable” bags made out of corn and other products for my food and yard waste?

No. Although some bags may be compostable and contain no plastic, there are many other products on the market that do. Our curbside collection crews pick-up compost from thousands of homes each week, and are not able to distinguish between different types of compostable plastic-type liners, even though some may break down better than others. As a result, the City cannot accept any liners made of plastic or with the appearance of plastic in the curbside compostable collection program. Net Zero Waste, the company that processes the City’s compostable waste, will not accept any compost from city trucks that contain plastic.

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What can I line my kitchen bin and large curbside cans with?

Use paper bag liners or newspapers. View the folding instructions to make a newspaper liner for your kitchen compost container. Large curbside containers can be lined with paper bags, newspapers, grass, cedar needles or leaves. Adding organic yard waste to the large curbside bins help to absorb fluid from food waste and make the bins easier to empty.

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