Garbage & Recycling

 Follow the links listed in the menu on the left to find out more information on residential garbage collection, organics and yard waste collection services, recycling collection services and more. 

Garbage, Recycling and Organics Collection Schedule and Reminder

Use the My Schedule tool to view your collection day and see what is being collected on your next pick-up date. Use the Put Waste In Its Place tool to find out where to place or recycle an item.


Note: This web based service is provided by ReCollect. More information on the ReCollect Privacy Policy and User Agreement.

 You can also use this tool to:

  • View, download and print your collection calendar. After you enter and confirm your address in My Schedule, choose the Get a Calendar button and you will be offered a Print Calendar option.
  • Sign up for reminders (email, phone or Twitter)
  • Upload to your personal calendar (iCal, Goggle Calendar, MS Outlook)

Holiday Collection Schedule 

City Facilities will be closed on: 

  • Friday December 25
  • Monday December 28
  • Friday January 1
    • Regularly scheduled Friday December 25 curbside collections will be picked up on Thursday December 24.
    • Regularly scheduled Friday January 1 curbside collections will be picked up on Monday January 4.
    • There is no change in the rest of the collection schedule.

White Rock Residential Collection Programs

The City of White Rock provides solid waste collection for all single family homes, eligible townhouses and apartment complexes of 6 units of less. The City does not provide garbage or green waste containers.

Visit the Garbage Program Guidelines page for more information on residential garbage collection.

Visit the Green Can Program Guidelines page for more information on organics and yard waste collection.

Visit the Recycling Program Guidelines, page to find out where you can pick up curbside recycling boxes, bags and acceptable materials.

Commercial and multi-family properties (more than 6 units) should contact their service provider for solid waste collection inquiries, materials accepted or missed collections.

Solid Waste User Fee

In 2015 the City incorporated a separate soild waste utility. A seperate utility fee increases customer awareness of the cost of providing the service as the rate is transparent rather than embedded as part of the Municipal Tax Levy.

For solid waste collection to single family homes and eligible multi-family properties, the City has calculated a charge of $175 as the Solid Waste Utility Fee from July 01, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Next year (2016) the City will charge a total of $350 for services from January 01, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Collection Information

Please have your garbage, organics/yard trimmings and recycling ready for collection by 8:00 a.m. on your collection day or it may not be collected;

Green waste/yard trimmings is collected every week. Each property is allowed up to 10 kraft bags/containers of green waste per week. Each container shall not exceed four cubic feet or 110 litres in size (one standard garbage can size), and together with the contents, should not exceed 50 lbs. 

Recycling is collected every week. Each property requires a blue box for plastic/metal containers, a red box for glass containers and a yellow bag for paper products;

Garbage is collected every other week. Each property is allowed up to two (2) cans every other week. Each container shall not exceed four cubic feet or 110 litres in size (one standard garbage can size), and together with the contents, should not exceed 50 lbs.

Please remember the City of White Rock currently has manual a curbside collection system, which means crews have to physically lift the garbage into the truck. Larger containers are not suitable for our manual collection system because the crews are not able to safely lift them. Also, for health and safety reasons, collectors are not permitted to reach into a container to remove the contents.

The City has established Bylaw 2084 - a bylaw to provide for the collection, removal, disposal of recycling and solid waste to guide garbage and disposal practices and management.

If you are unsure of how to dispose of or recycle unwanted items such as old furniture, electronic devices, clothing and other household items try:

    • Entering the item in the Put Waste In Its Place tool on the City's website.
    • Contacting the BC Recycling Hotline (604) 732-9253 or visit them online - they can offer several ideas for proper disposal.
    • Contacting the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department
      (604) 541-2181.