All single dwelling residences in the City of White Rock enjoy curbside Green Can/Yard Waste, Garbage and Recycling collection.

  • Garbage collection is every other week. Up to two cans of garbage can be collected each alternate week.
  • Green Waste collection is weekly. Up to 10 bags/containers of yard trimmings/organics can be collected per week.
  • Recycling collection is weekly. Blue box for metal and plastic containers, yellow/blue bag for paper/cardboard and red box for glass.
  • Reminder: effective June 30, 2015 the City will be ending solid waste collection services for multi family and commercial locations.

Residential Garbage, Recycling and Green Can Collection Schedule

For the easiest, most effective way to remember your collection day by print, computer, mobile app or even telephone, sign up for the ReCollect Garbage, Recycling and Green Can Collection reminder using the application below: 


Monday August 3 BC Day Holiday Residential Collection Schedule

City Facilities will be closed on Monday August 3, 2015.

  • There is no change in the residential collection schedule for this week.

Watch for your mini kitchen catcher being delivered by City crews!

Are you ready for the organics ban in 2015? Food scraps will not be allowed in oyur garbage anymore. To assist residents with Metro Vancouver's ban on food scraps in garbage, the City is supplying residents with a mini kitchen catcher. Use this mini kitchen catcher to separate food scraps from garbage in the kitchen. Empty the mini kitchen catcher into your curbside Green Can along with your yard trimmings. Please do not place the mini kitchen catcher curbside for collection.

Single Family Garbage, Recycling and Organics Collection Community Forum

The City held a community forum on Tuesday June 30, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the White Rock Community Centre on Single Family Garbage, Recycling and Organics Collection. View the information provided at the forum.

If you were unable to attend, and would like to provide feedback, you can fill out a feedback form. Completed feedback forms can be emailed to; faxed to Municipal Engineering and Operations Department at 604-541-2190 or dropped off at the Municipal Engineering and Operations Department office located at 877 Keil Street.

New! Solid Waste User Fee For Residential Collections

The City of White Rock is one of the only municipalities in the Lower Mainland that includes solid waste collection (garbage, recycling, and green waste) in the general tax levy. In the 2015 Financial Plan, the City incorporated the long standing strategic corporate priority for a solid waste utility model.  A user fee utility model 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.

As the City continues to provide the same level of service for solid waste collection to single family homes and multi-family properties with six (6) units or less, 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 provided from January 01, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Single Family Residential Collection Information:

  • Please have your garbage, organics/yard trimmings and recycling ready for collection by 8:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Each residence is allowed 10 bags/containers of green waste each week. Each container shall not exceed 50 lbs in weight.
  • Each residence is allowed two cans of garbage, collected 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 weigh no more than 50 pounds.The City currently has a manual 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.
  • EXTRA HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE STICKERS. If you have extra household garbage that will not fit within your curbside two can collection limit, place your excess garbage in a garbage bag and purchase an "extra garbage sticker" for the bag. Without the sticker, the collection crew will not pick up the extra bag. Extra garbage stickers cost $5.00 (includes taxes) and are available for purchase at the following locations:
  • 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 depots:
    • Surrey Transfer Station 9770-192 Street, Surrey (604)521-1715
    • 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, please visit Metro Vancouver's website. Contact the depots directly for disposal rates and hours.

If you are unsure of how to dispose of unwanted items such as old furniture, electronic devices, clothing or other household items, call the BC Recycling Hotline (604) 732-9253 or the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at (604) 541-2181 and they can offer several ideas for proper disposal.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the City's website or contact the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department (604) 541-2181 for updated information as crews may be re-deployed to expedite snow removal.

Now that cardboard is collected curbside, the cardboard drop off depots at City Facilities were closed in September 2014. Should you have excess cardboard for recycling, contact the BC Recycling Hotline (604)-732-9253 or the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at (604)-541-2181 and they can offer several ideas for proper disposal.

Banned Hazardous and Operational Impact Materials

There are certain materials that Metro Vancouver disposal facilities do not accept either because there are already disposal programs set up for these items, or because they are hazardous to waste collection workers, the public and the environment. The following items are banned from garbage by Metro Vancouver and prohibited from the City's regular garbage, recycling and green waste collection: 

  • Agricultural waste
  • Asbestos
  • Automobile bodies and parts
  • Batteries
  • Barrels or drums
  • Biomedical waste
  • Clean or treated wood exceeding 1.2 metres in length
  • Dead animals
  • Electronics and electrical products
  • Excrement
  • Fluorescent lights
  • 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 liquid
  • Metal household or commercial appliances
  • Pesticide products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Propane tanks
  • Radioactive and reactive waste
  • Refuse that is on fire, smouldering, 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

At disposal sites, loads that contain banned materials can be assessed a fine, plus the cost of removal, clean up or remediation.

Should any of these items be disposed of in your regular garbage, recycling or green waste, you will receive a contamination notice and your container will not be emptied. If you get a notice, please remove the contaminants. For options on the recycling or safe disposal of these items:

  • View the BC Recycling Hotline website or contact them at 604-732-9253
  • Visit the BC Product Stewardship website for information on take back programs or Extended Producer Responsibilty programs 
  • Visit Metro Vancouver's website or call 604-432-6200 for more information on more waste reduction initiatives

Banned Recyclable Materials

At disposal sites, garbage loads are inspected for banned or recyclable materials. A minimum surcharge plus the potential cost or removal, clean up or remediation will be applied to these loads. Surcharges of up to 50% of the tipping fee will be applied to loads containing banned recyclable materials. These materials are banned from regular garbage disposal by Metro Vancouver. There are reasonably accessible recycling options region-wide:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Recyclable paper
  • Green waste
  • Containers made of glass, metal or recyclable plastic (1,2,4,5)
  • Beverage containers
  • Food waste - NEW 2015
  • Clean wood - NEW 2015