To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our waste collection crew, all garbage must be placed in plastic bags and tied securely before putting in your garbage bin. Do NOT place loose waste in the garbage bin. Un-bagged or loose items will not be collected. Thank you for your cooperation.
Containers & Collection
The City collects garbage curbside every other week from single family properties, eligible townhouses and apartment complexes of 6 units or less.
- The City does not supply garbage containers. Standard size garbage containers are available for purchase at several retail locations.
- Each property can put out up to two containers of garbage (cans, bags or combination) every other week for curbside collection.
- Each garbage container shall not exceed four cubic feet or 110 litres in size (one standard garbage can or standard size plastic garbage bag).
- Each garbage container, including contents, should not weigh more than 50 pounds.
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.
What Bags to Use & How to Set Them Out
- Use standard garbage bags (up to 66 centimetres by 91 centimetres)
- Fill the garbage bags (up to 50 pounds)
- Put a sticker on each bag
- Set out the bags next to your regular garbage cans on collection day
Without the excess garbage sticker, the collection crew will not pick up the extra bag.
These materials are banned from regular garbage disposal in Metro Vancouver to encourage and increase recycling:
- Beverage containers
- Clean wood Clean wood disposal
- Containers made of glass, metal, or recyclable plastic
- Corrugated cardboard
- Food waste Food scraps recycling
- Green waste
- Recyclable paper
- Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene packaging)
To find out where to recycle these items, use Put Waste In Its Place.
These materials are hazardous to the environment or workers, or have high operational impacts. There are safe disposal options.
- Agriculture waste
- Automobile bodies and parts
- Barrels or drums in excess of 205 litres
- Biomedical waste
- Coated or uncoated wire and cable exceeding 1% of the total load
- Dead animals
- Excrement, other than small amounts of pet excrement that are double bagged and do not exceed 5% of the total waste
- Gypsum Drywall
- Hazardous Waste
- Inert fill including soil, sod, gravel, concrete and asphalt
- Liquids and sludge
- Propane tanks
- Refuse that is on fire, smouldering, flammable or explosive
- Refuse that would contravene the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
- Any other refuse that the Manager considers unsuitable for handling
Many materials are now recyclable under the Extended Producer Responsibility Program. This program provides recycling and accessible recycling options region-wide.
- Canadian Battery Association recycling of lead-acid batteries
- Call 2 Recycle end of life electronics recycling, rechargeable batteries, single use batteries and cell phones
- ElectroRecycle small appliances and power tools
- Return It Bottle Depots beverage container recycling
- Health Products Stewardship prescription drugs and over the counter medications
- Major Appliance Recycling end of life major household appliance recycling
- Outdoor Power Equipment electric power outdoor equipment
- Product Care Recycling left over paint, household hazardous waste, lights and smoke/CO alarms
- Recycling Council of BC motor oil, oil filters, oil & antifreeze containers, antifreeze
- Thermostat Recovery Program thermostat recycling
- Tire Stewardship BC scrap tire recycling
- Retailer Take Back Programs many retailers have begun to offer voluntary recycling programs for a variety of materials.
If you are unsure of how to dispose of or recycle materials try:
There are no public garbage or green waste drop-off locations in the White Rock
The City does not provide large item pick up. Residents and businesses can bring their large items, surplus garbage or green waste for a fee to a transfer station. Metro Vancouver runs a network of facilities across the region that offers waste disposal and recycling services. Contact Metro Vancouver Recycling and Waste Centre directly for disposal rates, hours and acceptable items and view the closest centre to White Rock.
Coexisting with Wildlife
Critters may be attracted to you garbage can, green can or recycling bin, but there are steps you can take to ward them off. Use the tips below to avoid attracting troublesome pests to your trash cans.
Tips to Keeping Pesky Critters Out of Your Garbage/Green Can
- Freeze food before collection day to avoid odors
- Keep cans clean by rinsing with soapy water; leaving soap residue may also mask food odors
- Keep cans in garage or shed during the week
- Put cans out as close to collection time (8 a.m.) as possible
- Try sprinkling peppermint leaves or strong peppermint tea in or around cans to repel pests
- Use bungee cord or weight on lid. Cord must be removed for collection
- Use sturdy cans with secure lids
- Wrap food in newsprint or paper bags