Frequently Asked Questions

Where are your drop-off locations?

33670 Valley Road, Abbotsford
Monday- Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

7229 Mershon Street, Mission
Monday – Sunday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

What is accepted in curbside recycling?

Most plastic, paper, and metal packaging items can be included in your recycling bag. There are some items that are depot-only items. Please click the link for a comprehensive list of what we take in curbside recycling and at our drop-off locations.

When is the Recycling Program open?

Abbotsford Location
Monday- Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
33670 Valley Road
We are open on Stat Holidays with the exception of Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Mission Location
Monday – Sunday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
7229 Mershon Street
Closed all Stat Holidays

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 hand-sorted by Abbotsford Community Services staff. Once sorted, recyclables are baled or collected loose and sent for processing.

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.

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.

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.
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. Please see the list of materials accepted.

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 split compartment. One compartment is for recycling and the other is for garbage or compostable material.

Can I recycle foam packaging?

Yes, foam packaging can be recycled if brought directly to the recycling depot.

What is Recycle BC (MMBC)?

Recycle BC is a provincial-wide program responsible for the recycling of residential printed paper and packaging. For more information about Recycle BC, please visit the RecycleBC website.

Why did the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission enter into the MMBC program?

For more information, please visit the City of Abbotsford or the District of Mission’s website.