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Recycling
Recycling

Curbside Recyclables
Drop Off Recyclables

As of April 3, 2017, the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission will be participating members of the provincial Multi-Material BC (MMBC) recycling program.

By joining the MMBC program, the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission’s recycling services will be funded by the producers that supply packaging and printed paper. The municipalities will collect the curbside recyclable materials on behalf of MMBC.

To meet MMBC specifications, changes have been made to curbside and drop-off recycling procedures and the acceptable items list. Please see below for more information.

All loads of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) as well as multi-family recycling will be charged a tipping fee of $85.00 per tonne when dropped off at the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Depot. Clean Cardboard loads will not be charged a tipping fee.

Curbside Recyclables:

Accepted Materials in Curbside Recycling:

  • Cardboard and Boxboard: boxes for shipping, groceries, pizza, tissues, cereal, frozen entrees, desserts and carrier trays; paper towel and toilet paper rolls etc.

    PLEASE NOTE: Cardboard tubes exceeding a length of 2ft (60.96cm) must be cut to size.

  • Paper: office paper, newspaper, flyers, phone books, catalogues, magazines, construction paper, gift wrap, egg cartons, paper cups, gable-top cartons, frozen dessert boxes, tetra packs etc.

  • Tin and Aluminum: cans for soup, pet food, coffee and empty aerosol cans; aluminum foil, foil take-out containers etc.
  • Containers: clean plastic bottles, jugs, trays, lids, cups and all coded (1-7) plastics such as containers for shampoo, laundry, soap, milk, water, pop, yogurt, peanut butter, cleaning products etc.

Materials Not Accepted in Curbside Recycling:

  • Glass:* Food bottles and jars, window glass/panes.
  • Film Plastic from Retail Packaging:* plastic bags for groceries, dry cleaning, bread, newspapers and flyers; bags for produce and overwrap on mattresses, furniture and electronic equipment etc.
  • Film Plastic not from Retail Packaging: zipper-lock bags and plastic food wrap.
  • Waxed cardboard, paper towels, napkins and padded envelopes
  • Straws
  • Propane tanks and cylinders*
  • Chip or foil bags
  • Scrap metal*
  • Textiles*
  • Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or anti-freeze products
  • Deposit Containers: return to a bottle depot for refund or donate to charity.

*DEPOT-ONLY ITEM

Recyclables DO NOT have to be sorted, however they must be CLEAN and DRY. All recyclable materials can be put in the same see-through blue bag and placed curbside on collection day or be dropped off sorted (not mixed) at the Recycling Depot.

Blue Bags from both Abbotsford and Mission are delivered to the Abbotsford Location for sorting and processing.

Drop Off Recyclables:

The Abbotsford Community Services Recycling Program has drop off areas in Abbotsford and Mission where residents can bring curbside recyclables as well as other recyclable materials at no charge. The Recycling Program does not provide payment for recyclable materials (pop bottles, scrap metal, cardboard etc).

Drop-Off Procedures:

Residential

Residential recycling brought to the recycling drop off locations will need to be sorted into the following categories:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastic, metal and paper containers
  • Glass containers
  • Plastic bags and overwrap from retail packaging
  • White foam packaging
  • Coloured foam packaging

Blue recycling bags with mixed content and plastic film not from retail packaging (zipper lock bags and baggies) will not be accepted.

Industrial, Commercial & Institutional (ICI)

ICI loads of mixed material must be brought to the Abbotsford Location and will not be accepted at the Mission drop-off.

Prior to dropping off mixed recyclable materials, ICI loads must go over the weigh scale.

Film plastic from retail packaging (shopping bags and overwrap etc.) and glass bottles and jars will not be accepted in mixed material loads, but will be accepted if kept separate.

Film plastic not from retail packaging (zipper-lock bags and plastic food wrap) will not be accepted.

Materials Accepted at Drop Off Locations:

  • Sorted curbside (blue bag) recyclables
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • White Foam Packaging: food containers and trays; foam cushion packaging.
  • Coloured Foam Packaging: food containers and trays; foam cushion packaging.
  • Film Plastics from Retail Packaging: bread, shopping, and overwrap etc.
  • Used cooking oil (strained)
  • Scrap Metal: washers, dryers, stoves, BBQs etc.
  • Toilets
  • Cellular phones and cellular phone accessories
  • Books
  • Clothing items
  • Light Bulbs and Tubes: fluorescent, halogen, incandescent, LED, HID.
  • Lighting Fixtures: ceiling fixtures, flashlights, floor lamps, light strings (xmas lights), outdoor fixtures, bike lights etc.
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Electronic Waste

Materials Not Accepted at Drop Off Locations:

  • Unsorted materials (mixed recycling/blue bag recycling)
  • Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or anti-freeze products
  • Window glass/panes
  • Film Plastics not from Retail Packaging: zipper-lock bags and plastic food wrap.
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Plastic packaging labeled biodegradable or compostable
  • Chip bags
  • Foam peanuts, packing chips or noodles
  • Blue or pink foam board insulation
  • Deposit Containers: return to a bottle depot for refund or donate to charity.

Please call 604.850.3551 to make special arrangements for business loads or large quantities of product (visit the Contact Us page for more information)

PLEASE NOTE: Cardboard tubes exceeding a length of 2ft (60.96cm) must be cut to size.