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  1. Where is the Recycling Program located? For directions to the Abbotsford Community Services Recycling Program depots, see the Contact Us page.

  2. What is accepted in curbside recycling? For a list of materials that can go in your blue bag, see the Recycling page.

  3. When is the Recycling Program open? For Hours of Operation, see the Contact Us page.

  4. What happens to my blue bags? The blue bags are trucked to the Abbotsford Community Services Recycling Program for sorting. The blue bags are opened and the contents are placed onto a conveyor belt. Recyclables are then sorted by Abbotsford Community Services staff. Once sorted, recyclables are baled or collected loose and sent to local markets for processing.

  5. Are the blue bags recycled? Yes. Once emptied, the blue bags are separated and sent to a plastics facility where they are recycled into plastic products like new blue bags.

  6. Where can I purchase blue bags?

    • Blue bags can be purchased at any major grocery store chain or hardware store; usually any place that sells garbage bags. There are several brands of blue bags and they can vary in price.
  7. Why do I have to buy blue bags? Having customers purchase blue bags has many advantages:

    • There are several brands of blue bags on the market. Customers can choose the brand they wish to buy.
    • Allowing customers to choose from several brands creates competition among manufacturers keeping the cost of the product low.
    • This creates a user pay system where only those using the program are paying for the blue bags rather than the municipality passing the cost onto all taxpayers.
  8. Can I bring my recycling to the depot and what can I drop off? Yes, you can bring sorted recyclables to the recycling depot drop off. No mixed material (recycling in blue bags) will be accepted. For a list of items that we accept go to the Recycling page.

  9. Why do the collection crews seem to put recycling and garbage in the same truck? It may appear that recycling and garbage are being placed together into the same truck, however they are being separated. The collection trucks have a spilt compartment. One compartment is for recycling and the other is for garbage or compostable material.

  10. Can I recycle foam packaging? Yes, foam packaging can be recycled if dropped off to the recycling depot. For directions to the Abbotsford Community Services Recycling Program depots in Abbotsford and Mission, see the Contact Us page.

  11. What is MMBC? For more information about MMBC, please visit the RecycleBC website.

  12. Why did the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission enter into the MMBC program? For more information, please visit the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission’s website.

  13. Why won’t glass be accepted in the curbside collection program? For more information, please visit the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission’s website.

  14. Why won’t film plastics be accepted in curbside collection? For more information, please visit the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission’s website.

  15. Why are zipper lock bags and plastic food wrap not recyclable? For more information, please visit the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission’s website.