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Seasonal Tips


Annual Curbside Collection Calendar

Annual curbside collection calendars are sent in the mail in early to mid-December.  If you do not receive your new collection calendar by the end of December, please call 604-864-5514 or email eng-info@abbotsford.ca and we will arrange for one to be mailed to you.  Alternatively, you can view and print your calendar online or download the Abbotsford Curbside Collection app on the Apple App Store and on Google Play

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Compost Your Pumpkins

Residents can put their pumpkins directly into their compostable waste container for curbside collection. Please ensure you remove candles and non-compostable decorations. Painted pumpkins are not accepted.

Pumpkins can also be taken directly to the Net Zero Waste Abbotsford composting facility for free. The composting facility is located at 5050 Gladwin Rd. Contact Net Zero Waste Abbotsford at 604-604-557-7065 for more information.

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Sustainable Holiday Tips 

During the holidays, the amount of waste generated increases by approximately 25%.  Here are some tips on how you can reduce your waste and lessen your impact on the holiday season.

REDUCE:  Save money and avoid overconsumption

  • Plan ahead.  Use a grocery list to avoid buying food you don’t need.
  • Buy local.  Locally made items don’t need to be shipped long distances and often have less packaging.
  • Buy in bulk.  Purchase grocery items from bulk bins and fill reusable containers and bags to cut down on packaging.
  • Create memories, not waste.  Consider giving gifts of culture, wellness, time and experience that don’t generate waste.  Movie tickets, club memberships and gift certificates for dinners or spa treatments are all great options.

REUSE:  Replace single use items with reusable versions

  • BYOB.  Bring your own bag when doing your holiday shopping.
  • Wrap wise.  Reuse ribbons, bows and gift bags, and use “upcycled” newspapers, paper bags or magazines for wrapping paper.
  • Borrow from nature.  Decorations can be found in your backyard.  Pinecones, branches, leaves, and twigs can all be used as festive decor.
  • Entertain in green.  Skip disposable dishes, cutlery and napkins in place for reusable versions.

RECYCLE:  Give items a second life so they become new things

  • Compost.  Compost unusable food scraps.  Natural Christmas trees can also be cut to size and placed in your compostable waste container.
  • Drop off old Christmas lights.  Broken or working string lights and extension cords can be dropped off for free at a recycling depot.  Please keep these out of curbside recycling.
  • Recycle right.  Unsure of where an item goes?  Use the City’s Waste Wizard to learn how to properly recycle and dispose of hundreds of items.

For more tips on how to reduce your waste this holiday season, visit abbotsford.ca/wastereduction

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Ins and Outs of Wrapping Materials

Here is some recycling and disposal information on common holiday wrapping materials that people often wonder about:

  • Wrapping paper
    Most paper wrapping paper can be included with your curbside recycling. Foil-lined wrapping paper is not accepted for recycling and should be disposed of with your garbage.
      
  • Tissue paper
    Tissue paper used to wrap presents or fill gift bags can be included with your curbside recycling. 
      
  • Ribbons and bows
    Ribbons and bows should be disposed of with your garbage.
      
  • Gift bags
    Paper gift bags can be included with your curbside recycling. Be sure to remove handles, metal grommets and decorations such as bows or ribbons. Similar to wrapping paper, gift bags with foil lining or non-paper decoration are not recyclable as they are not compatible with the recycling process.
      
  • Greeting cards
    Greeting cards can be included with your curbside recycling. If your card plays music or a recorded greeting, be sure to remove the electronic circuitry and battery first before placing in your blue bag. The electronic circuitry and battery can be dropped off at a depot that accepts electronics or batteries. Find depot locations at www.abbotsford.ca/wastewizard or by using the Abbotsford Curbside Collection app available on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
      
  • Gift baskets
    Neither cellophane wrap used with gift baskets, nor the basket itself are able to be recycled.  Dispose of cellophane wrap with your garbage. Reuse or donate the basket. Shredded paper basket filler is okay to include with your recycling.
      
  • Packages
    Cardboard boxes used for shipping gifts should be broken down so that they lay flat, and bundled with other boxes before being brought to the curb. Tissue or kraft paper packaging can be included with your curbside recycling.  Bubble wrap and plastic shipping envelopes can be dropped off for free at a Recycle BC Depot. Foam packaging peanuts are not currently recyclable and should be disposed of with your garbage.

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Compost Your Christmas Tree

Christmas trees can be cut into smaller pieces and placed in your compostable waste container or into tied bundles for curbside collection. Bundle length must be shorter than 1m (3.3ft) and bundle diameter must be less than 60cm (2ft).  

Christmas trees can also be taken directly to the Net Zero Waste Abbotsford composting facility where they will be accepted in exchange for a minimum $5 donation. This year, all proceeds from the Christmas tree collection will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. The composting facility is located at 5050 Gladwin Road. Contact Net Zero Waste Abbotsford at 604-604-557-7065 for more information.

Decorated or flocked trees will not be collected curbside or accepted at the composting facility. These items should be taken to a transfer station for disposal. 

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Inclement Weather and Curbside Collection

All attempts will be made to collect curbside materials during inclement weather.

If collection is missed, please set waste out again on the following regularly scheduled collection day, or as otherwise advised by the City at abbotsford.ca.  You will be allowed to double your regular waste allowance on this day.  Servicing your home is our priority, but safety of people and property always comes first.  Thank you for your cooperation.

For curbside service alerts:

  • Visit the City's website;
  • Download the Abbotsford Curbside Collection app on the Apple App Store and on Google Play;
  • Call 604-864-5640 for Contractor collection; or
  • Call 604-864-5514 for City collection or if you are unsure of who collects your material.

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Frozen Material in Curbside Containers

Winter temperatures can freeze garbage and compostable waste inside your curbside container and make it difficult to collect. To avoid injury and damaging containers, collection workers are only able to provide limited shaking and hitting of containers against the truck to dislodge frozen materials.

To prevent compostable materials from freezing to the sides of your container, please line it with crumpled newspaper, paper, dry grass, branches or cedar needles. Please also ensure your garbage and compostable waste containers have a secure lid when placing them outdoors to prevent rain from entering and freezing.

If you have any questions, please contact the engineering department at engops-info@abbotsford.ca or 604-853-5485.   

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