Multi-Family & Commercial

January 22, 2015 - Change in solid waste collection for multi-family and commerical properties in White Rock.

Effective June 30, 2015 the City of White Rock will be ending garbage, recycling and organics collection services to multi-family and commercial locations. 

Based on user-fee system as well as new regulations and Metro Vancouver's diversion targets, it will not be feasible for the City to continue operating commercial and multi-family collection services. The composition of solid waste varies from complex to complex, and residents of multi-family locations and commercial business locations will be better served by a private waste hauler who can meet the individual service needs of each complex.

The City funds garbage, recycling and organics collection from all properties from the general tax levy. Collection is based on the classfication and assessed value of your property. Therefore, multi-family and business locations will no longer include a charge for solid waste collection services effective July 1, 2015.

Complexes should have sufficient time to arrange services with a private hauler. For more information on the Metro Vancouver organics ban or detailed information about solid waste collection across the Lower Mainland, please visit Metro Vancouver's website:

Multi-family complexes with six or less units on a single parcel of land, with no commercial business located in the building or development, that use regular 110 litre curbside garbage cans, may be eligible to continue receiving City of White Rock collection services equivalent to a single family home collection. Please contact the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at 604-541-2181 to discuss your eligibility.

If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at 604-541-2181.

Easter Holiday Collection Schedule Changes
Friday April 3, 2015 and Monday April 6, 2015

City Facilities will be closed on Friday April 3, 2015 and Monday April 6, 2015 for Easter.

  • Regularly scheduled Friday April 3 collections will be picked up the day before on Thursday April 2. 
  • Regulary scheduled Monday April 6 collections will be picked up the day after on Tuesday April 7.
  • Collections for the rest of the week will not be affected.

What Needs to be Done on Collection Day?

  • Ensure that your containers are curbside by 8:00 a.m. on your scheduled day(s). Owners must place for collection curbside as required by City Bylaw
  • Collection times may vary week to week. On your regularly scheduled pick up day, please leave containers curbside until collected
  • Do not place containers behind parked vehicles or any other obstructions that will make it difficult for the drivers to recognize your pick up
  • Be aware of upcoming statutory holidays and check the Holiday Collection Schedule on-line or the “What's New” section of the City website or the City page in the local newspapers for the latest updates and collection day changes
  • Multi-family and commercial properties are required to have garbage containers and recycling containers that are compatible with City of White Rock collection vehicles. Information on container specs is available by contacting the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at 604-541-2181.

Multi-Family and Commercial Recycling Information

In 2014 the City began collecting more recycling material curbside.  The City of White Rock is participating in MMBC's packaging and printed paper recycling program. MMBC is a non-profit stewardship organization working on behalf of businesses in BC for residential recycling programs.

The City of White Rock separates recyclables into three categories:
    • Paper
    • Glass
    • Containers 

All recyclables must be sorted into their appropriate blue recycling roll out tote: Paper, Container or Glass. Sorting increases efficiency and is an effective method in reducing the cost of the City's recycling program. If you don't already have them, adhesive signs for blue roll out recycling totes with an updated list of the recyclable items for each category (tote) for the new recycling program are available by contacting the Engineering and Municpal Operations Department 604-541-2181.

Below is a list of acceptable items for each of the three recycling categories;

What to include in your PAPER recycling:

  • Newspapers, inserts, flyers, catalogues, magazines, telephone books
  • Household paper, paper gift wrap, greeting cards, office paper, printer paper
  • Boxboard-flattened (boxes for cereal, shoes, tissues, frozen pizza or entrees)
  • Moulded boxboard (for eggs, beverage carry out trays)
  • Paper box with single or mulitple layers (for sugar, flour, pet food bags)
  • Paper cups for  hot and cold beverages
  • Gable top cartons, aseptic boxes/cartons (for milk and milt-type beverages, cream, soup, broth, sauces). Remove plastic caps and place loose in recycling roll out.
  • Frozen dessert boxes (for ice cream, yogurt)
  • Corrugated cardboard - must be flattened and/or cut to fit in recycling roll out

What NOT to include in your PAPER recycling:

  • Delivery type pizza boxes (the greasy food residue makes them acceptable to be included with your Green can)
  • Hardcover or paperback books
  • Paper towel, napkins or tissue
  • Boxes with wax coatings (empty shipping boxes made available for residents to transport their groceries home)
  • Non-paper gift wrap (foil, ribbons or bows)
  • Foil lined bags for cookies or pet foods
  • Padded envelopes
  • Rubber bands

What to include in your CONTAINER recycling (please empty, flatten and rinse):

  • Plastic bottles, tubs, jugs and jars with caps and lids
  • Steel and aluminum cans and lids (put metal lids inside cans and squeeze tightly)
  • Aerosol cans (for food, air fresheners, shaving cream, hairspray)
  • Plastic clamshells and trays (for baked goods, fruit, produce, prepared foods)
  • Aluminum foil and foil take out containers (such as baking containers, pie plates, food trays)
  • Microwavable bowls and cups (no bowls with metal rims)
  • Plastic cold drink cups and lids
  • Plastic garden plant pots and seedling trays
  • Plastic pails less than 25L (for laundry detergent, ice cream, pet food)
  • Spiral wound cans and lids (for frozen juice concentrate, coffee, nuts, baby formula, potato chips)

What NOT to include in your CONTAINER recycling:

  • Glass, plastic bags, plastic wrap or foam containers
  • Foil ined cardboard take out container lids
  • Chip or foil bags, foil wrap with paper (for butter or stand up pouches)
  • Propane tanks, bottles or cylinders
  • Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricants or antifreeze products
  • Coat hangers, pots, pans or baking trays
  • Packaging that contained hazardous products
  • Appliances, hardware, scrap metal, wiring, metal cords or extension cords
  • No foam trays or liquid absorbing pads
  • Metal or plastic toys
  • Plastic blister packs (protective coating for chewing gum, pills)
  • Packaging labelled as biodegradable or compostable
  • Ceramic pots, lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture, garden hoses, plastic string or rope
  • Spray paint cans aerosol containers with any contents remaining
  • Beverage containers where a deposit has been paid should be returned for a refund. 

What to include in your GLASS recycling

  • Clear and coloured non-deposit glass bottles and jars. Empty and rinse.

What NOT to include in your GLASS recycling

  • Drinking glasses
  • Dishes
  • Cookware
  • Whole or broken window glass or mirrors
  • Ceramic products
  • Take deposit containers to depot for deposit refund

 What To Do With Corrugated Cardboard?

  • The City of White Rock now collects corrugated cardboard curbside in the blue recycling roll out totes along with mixed paper and newspaper. Because cardboard is now collected curbside, the City of White Rock removed the cardboard drop off depots in September 2014. Please remember that cardboard must be folded and/or cut to fit within your blue recycling roll out tote. 

What To Do With Excess Cardboard, Plastic Bags, Overwrap and Foam Packaging?

  • These items can be recycled at MMBC Depots. For the closest depot, please contact the BC Recycling Hotline at 604-732-9253 or visit their website

How To Obtain Blue Recycling Roll Out Totes

Multi-family/commercial recycling roll out totes can be ordered at a cost of $148.00 each (includes applicable taxes) by contacting the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at 604-541-2181 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Pre-payment is required for the delivery of new roll outs. They can be ordered:

  • Over the telephone if paying by MasterCard or Visa
  • In person with cash, cheque, MasterCard or Visa at the Operations Department: 877 Keil Street
  • Via post office with a cheque payable to the City of White Rock: mailing address 877 Keil Street, White Rock, BC V4B 4V6

Multi-Family and Commerical Garbage Collection

Multi-Family and Commercial properties are required to have garbage containers that are compatible with City of White Rock collection vehicles. Information on container specs is available by contacting the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at 604-541-2181.

What is Banned From Garbage?

  • Agricultural Waste
  • Asbestos
  • Automobile bodies and parts
  • Batteries
  • Biomedical Waste
  • Clean or Treated Wood exceeding 1.2 meters in length
  • Dead Animals
  • Electronics and electrical products
  • Excrement
  • Gypsum
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hospital Office Waste
  • Inert fill materials including soil, sod, gravel, concrete, and asphalt
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Liquids and sludge
  • Mattresses
  • Oil containers, oil filters, paint products, solvents, and flammable liquids
  • Metal household or commercial products
  • Pesticide Products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Radioactive ad reactive waste
  • Refuse that is on fire, smoldering, flammable or explosive
  • Refuse that would cause undue risk of injury or occupational disease to City staff or contravene the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
  • Thermostats
  • Tires

For options on the recycling or safe disposal of these items, check out:

There is no public garbage, green waste or recycling drop-off location available in White Rock.

Residents and businesses can bring their surplus garbage or yard waste for a fee to one of the following closest depots:

  • Surrey Transfer Station 9770-192 Street, Surrey 604-521-1715
  • Delta Transfer Station (Vancouver Landfill) 5400-72nd Street, Delta 604-873-7000
  • Aldergrove Transfer Station 1070-272nd Street, Aldergrove 604-856-3225
  • For more information on disposal facilities, check out Metro Vancouver's website. Contact the depots directly for disposal rates and hours.

Yard Trimmings

Multi-family buildings need to contact the Engineering & Operations Dept. at 604-541-2181 to make arrangements to have yard waste picked up. There is no additional charge for this service.

  • Make any 110 liters garbage can (or less) a yard waste/green can. Simply attach a yard waste/green can sticker on the outside and use it as your designated yard waste/green can.
  • Place your yard waste/green can at the curb, with the sticker facing out, or you could use paper Kraft-type bags for yad waste. Collection day for multi-family locations is usually scheduled for Mondays, however, complexes must call in the week before to schedule a pick up.

For more information contact the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at 604-541-2181 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Please note calls after these hours are forwarded to the Fire Department.