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Seasonal Tips


Pumpkins are Compostable

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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Ins and Outs of Wrapping Materials

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

  • Wrapping paper
    Most paper wrapping paper can be included with your blue bag recyclables. 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 in your blue bag for recycling.

  • Ribbons and bows
    Ribbons and bows should be disposed of with your garbage.

  • Gift bags
    Paper gift bags can be included with your blue bag recyclables. 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 blue bag recyclables. If your card plays music or a recorded greeting, be sure to remove the electronic circuitry and batter 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 out 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 at this time. Dispose of cellophane wrap with your garbage. Reuse or donate the basket. 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. Bubble wrap and foam packaging peanuts are not currently recyclable and should be disposed of with your garbage. Tissue or kraft paper packaging can be included with your blue bag recyclables.

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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 1 m and bundle diameter must be less than 60 cm.  

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 $4 donation. This year, all proceeds from the Christmas tree collection will go towards supporting compost education for Abbotsford schools and for compost donations to community gardens and public spaces. 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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Annual Curbside Collection Calendar

You should receive your 2018 curbside collection calendar by mid to late December. If you have not received your 2018 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. You may also download our Abbotsford Curbside Collection app on the Apple App store and on Google Play for your calendar.

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Inclement Weather and Curbside Collection

Inclement weather can make curbside collection challenging, if not impossible. The City will make every attempt to collect curbside recycling, compostable waste and garbage during snow and ice conditions. Servicing your home is important, but the safety of people and property are our top priority. Service may be delayed or cancelled during inclement weather. If cancelled, set out your materials on your next collection day. Container and bag limits will be doubled for areas that have missed a collection day.

For curbside service alerts:

  • Visit the City's homepage
  • Call 604-853-5485 for City pickup
  • Call 604-864-5640 for Contractor pickup
  • Download our Abbotsford Curbside Collection app on the Apple App store and on Google Play

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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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Holiday Recycling Tips

Nice List - Put these items in your blue bag:

  • Paper wrapping paper without metallic or plastic pieces
  • Tissue paper used to wrap presents or fill gift bags
  • Paper gift bags – remember to remove handles, metal grommets and decorations!
  • Greeting cards
  • Flattened cardboard boxes

Naughty List - Put these items in your garbage:

 

  • Wrapping paper with metallic or plastic pieces
  • Gift bags with foil lining or non-paper decorations
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Ornaments
  • Cellophane or crinkly plastics
  • Bubble wrap

Bring these holiday items to a depot or drop-off location for disposal:

  • Light bulbs or light strings
  • Foam packaging
  • Plastic overwrap

 

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Storm Clean Up

With the extreme winter weather conditions, residents may have additional tree branches and yard waste that requires disposal. These items can be disposed of as part of the City’s service in the weekly compost/yard waste collection by crews as follows:

  • Branches can be tied in bundles or placed in compostable waste containers or paper yard bags
  • Branch bundles can be up to 1m (3.3’) in length and up to 60 cm (2’) in diameter
  • Bundles must be tied with cotton or natural string/twine
  • Branches and stumps can be up to 15cm (6”) in diameter
  • Up to ten items (combination of containers, bags or bundles) will be collected each week

Materials that do not meet the above unfortunately cannot be accepted with the curbside collection. With the expected disposal volumes, collection services may temporarily extend into the early evenings. 
 
Alternatively, tree branches and yard waste can be dropped off at the Net Zero Waste composting facility located at at 5050 Gladwin Road.

  • Residents that receive the City’s curbside collection service can use one of the yard waste coupons that were mailed out with the annual collection calendar
  • Additional charges may apply for larger diameter stumps and branches
  • A gate charge will apply for those without a coupon

Larger stumps and branches are best handled by a tree service contractor or residents can bring these items to Net Zero Waste for a charge. Other storm-related debris such as damaged fences and building material can be taken to one of the following transfer stations:

  • First Class Transfer Station located at 34613 Vye Road
  • Waste Connections of Canada Transfer Station located at 34321 Industrial Way

We thank you for your co-operation during this extreme weather event. Please reach out to help your neighbours too if you are able to lend a hand.

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