Recycling Program

The City of White Rock provides weekly curbside recycling for single family homes, eligible townhouses and apartment complexes of 6 units or less. Recycling is 3 streams and must be sorted into the appropriate recycling box or bag: 

      • Blue box for plastic and metal container recycling
      • Yellow bag for paper/cardboard/newspaper recycling
      • Red box for glass container recycling
  • Do not put recycling out in any other type of bag or container. These will not be collected. Tear up or fold cardboard to fit inside your yellow recycling bag. We cannot collect large pieces of cardboard so the crews will leave any cardboard that is not in the recycling bag.
  • It is important that only the correct items go in your recycling bag and boxes. If your bag or box contains a lot of wrong materials, we may not be able to take your recycling. If possible, the crew will leave a sticker on the bag or box to let you know why it could not be collected.

Recycling bags or recycling boxes for single family homes are available for pick up at the following City facilities - check for hours (there is a fee for recycling boxes):

In 2014 businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents became responsible for collecting and managing these materials so they can be recycled. Recycle BC (formerly MMBC) a non-profit organization, is working on behalf of these businesses, and is responsible for residential recycling programs in many areas across BC. The City of White Rock participates in the Recycle BC program. For more information on Recycle BC please visit their website Recycle BC


What to include in your YELLOW bag for PAPER recycling  

Material   Description Not Accepted

Newspaper, inserts

flyers, magazines,




Daily and community newspapers and advertising flyers

No plastic bags, no rubber bands, no hard cover or paperback books

Paper gift wrap and

greeting cards


No foil wrap, ribbons or bows

Writing/home office

paper and


Note pads, loose leaf paper, computer and printer paper, plain and window envelopes.

Shredded paper accepted

No padded envelopes, no separate plastic bagged shredded paper


cardboard boxes

Shipping boxes, grocery and liquor store boxes.

Must be flattened and/or cut to fit in yellow recycling bag.

No cardboard boxes with wax coating e.g. empty produce boxes



Boxes for cereal, shoes, tissues, frozen entrees, desserts, detergent, frozen pizza boxes, carrier trays for bulk bottled water, paper towels and tissue cores

Flatten and place boxboard directly into the recycling yellow bag, not inside another box. 

No paper towel or tissues

No wax paper

No art projects with paint, glue, etc. attached

No food contaminated boxes

Moulded boxboard


Egg cartons, take-out beverage trays, paper based garden pots.

No residue in garden pots

No foam egg cartons

Paper bags (Kraft


   Any colour, brown envelopes.

No padded envelopes

No foil lined bags, e.g.

packaged cookie

Paper pet food bags  

Multi-layered bags for pet food, flour, sugar, etc. Layers can include a plastic film layer.

No bags with foil layer
Paper cups

For hot and cold beverages.

Remove lids and place loose in recycling container.

Empty and rinse cups.

No straws or non-paper insulating wraps

Gable top cartons

For milk, milk-type beverages, cream, substitute eggs, sugar, molasses, etc.

Gable top cartons may have plastic screw tops. Empty and rinse cartons. Remove caps and place loose in recycling container. 

No juice cartons (take deposit containes to ReturnIt Depot for deposit refund)

Aseptic boxes or


For milk, milk-type beverages, cream, soup, broth, sauces, etc.

Aseptic boxes may have plastic screw tops.

Empty and rinse boxes. Remove caps and place loose in recycling container.

No juice/drink boxes (take to Return It Depot)

No straws, no stand up pouches

Frozen dessert boxes

 For ice cream, frozen yogart, etc.

Empty, flatten and rinse.



  • The City collects cardboard curbside. To be collected, all cardboard must be flattened, folded or cut so it fits into the yellow recycling bag.
  • If you have an excess amount of cardboard to be recycled, contact the BC Recycling Hotline at 604.732.9253 or visit their website at for nearby cardboard depot locations.


What to include in your BLUE BOX for CONTAINER recycling   

Material   Description Not Accepted
Steel cans and lids

For food including pet food, tins for cookies, tea, chocolates, etc.

Empty and rinse cans. Remove lids, drop into can and squeeze top lightly. Labels OK.

No paint cans, coat hangers, metal toys

No pots, pans and baking trays

No appliances

No metal hardware or scrap metal

No wiring, metal cords or extension cords

Aerosol cans

For food, air fresheners, shaving cream, deodorant, hairspray, etc.

Empty cans. Remove caps and place loose in blue box.

Spiral wound cans and metal lids

For frozen juice concentrate, potato chips, cookie dough, coffee, nuts, baby formula, etc.

Remove lids and place loose in blue box.

Aluminum cans and lids

For food, e.g.: seafood, cat food, etc.

Empty and rinse cans, Remove lids, drop into can and squeeze top slightly. Labels OK.

No deposit cans (take deposit containers to Return It Depot for deposit refund)
Aluminum foil and foil take out containers Foil wrap and take out containers such as pie plates, food trays, etc.

No chip or foil bags

No foil wrap with paper backing for butter, cigarettes, etc.

No foil lined cardboard take out containers or lids

Plastic jugs with tops

For milk, cooking oil, laundry detergent and fabric softener, cleaning solutions, cleaning products, body care products, windshield washer fluid, etc.

Empty and rinse jugs. Remove caps and place loose in blue box. Labels OK.

No jugs for flavoured tea, juice, or other beverages where a deposit was paid. (Take deposit containers to Return It Depot for deposit refund)
Plastic bottles and caps

For food, dish soap, mouthwash, shampoos, conditioners and other personal care products, pill and vitamins, household cleaners, automotive cleaners e.g., glass cleaner, windshield washer fluid, laundry products, etc.

Plastic bottles have screw caps or spray, pump or pull up tops. Empty and rinse bottles. Remove caps, spray pump and pull up tops and place loose in blue box. Labels OK.

No beverage bottles (take deposit containers to Return It Depot for deposit refund)

No stand up pouches

No containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or antifreeze products

Plastic jars and lids For peanut butter, jam, nuts, condiments, vitamins and supplements, personal care products and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc.  
Plastic clamshells

For baked goods, fruit, produce, eggs, etc.

Containers are clear with hinged or click-closed tops. Labels OK. Empty and rinse containers.

No packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable

No foam egg cartons

Plastic trays and tops For deli chicken, single serve meals, prepared foods, baked goods, housewares and hardward, e.g., plastic packaging for screws, picture hangers, etc.

No styrofoam

No liquid absorping pads

No plastic wrap for meat, poultry, fish or cheese

No plastic blister packs, e.g., protective packaging for items like chewing gum or pills or plastic/paper packaging for batteries, toothbrushes,

Plastic tubs and lids

For products such as margarine, spreads, dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream

Empty and rinse tubs. Remove lids and place loose in blue box.

For single use coffee and tea pods: empty and rinse pods. Remove lids and do not include lids with recycling.

No plastic wrap

No packaging labelled as biodegadable or compostable

No plastic or foil lids from coffee and tea pods

Plastic cold drink cups with lids

Beverage cold drink cups

Empty and rinse cups. Remove lids and place loose in blue box.

No foam cups

No packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable

No paper napkins

Plastic garden pots and trays For bedding plants, seedlings, vegetable plants, etc.

No ceramic plant pots

No lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture or toys

No garden hoses

No plastic string or rope

Plastic pails

For laundry detergent, ice cream, pet food, etc.

Container size less than 25L

No plastic paint cans

No plastic pails larger than 25L

No pails for lubricants and oils

Microwavable bowls and cups

For soups and entrees

Remove lids and place loose blue box

No bowls with metal rims

No paper napkins



What to include in your RED BOX for GLASS recycling     

Material   Description Not accepted
Non-deposit glass bottles

Clear or coloured

Empty and rinse. Recycle lids. Labels OK.

No drinking glasses, dishes, cookware, whole or broken glass or mirrors

No ceramic products

No Deposit glass bottles. Take deposit containers to Return It Depots for deposit refund.

Non-deposit glass jars

Clear or coloured

Empty and rinse. Recycle lids. Labels OK.



These items are NOT collected curbside but can be dropped off:

Please recycle at your local RecycleBC Depot:

Semiahmoo Bottle Depot

Unit 28 - 15515 24th Ave.

Surrey, BC  604.531.7669

Material   Description Not Accepted
Refundable cans and bottles For aluminum cans, plastic water and juice containers, plastic and glass drink jugs, juice boxes and cartons. Glass liquor bottles, Bag-in-a-Box beverages and drink pouches. Any beverage containers that at time of purchase a recycling deposit was charged.
Plastic bags and overwrap Plastic bags for groceries and dry cleaning, bags for bread, newspspers and flyers; pre-washed salad bags; bags for produce and dry bulk foods; frozen vegetable bags; outer wrap for soft drink can flats; outer bags for diapers; overwrap on mattresses, furniture and electronic equipment

No plastic bags labelled biodegradable or compostable

No plastic shipping envelopes

No lumber or construction wrap

Plastic foam containers, trays and packaging

Clean meat trays; foam egg cartons; foam clamshells; cups and bowls for take out food

Packing foam to protect electronics, small appliances, etc.

No liquid absorbing pads

No shrink wrap for meat, poultry, fish, cheese, etc.

No paper napkins

No foam peanuts, packing chips or noodles

No foam board insulation

No labels, tape, paper or cardboard and foam packaging



For fluorescent light tubes, incandescent, halogen, and light emitting diodes (LED's). Also included are ceiling fixtures and chandeliers, christmas light strings, flashlights, wall fixtures, table and desk lamps.

Drop-off depots can accept up to 16 bulbs and 16 tubes at a time, in any shape up to 8 feet in length.


Small electronics and appliances For TVs, computers, DVD players, VCRs, stereo equipment, mp3 players, cameras, non-cellular phones, answering machines and headphones. Along with storage media: VHS tapes, CD's, floppy disks, DVD's and vinyl records. To view a full list of accepted materials please visit
Batteries Exhausted rechargable batteries and household alkaline batteries are accepted Batteries weighing inexcess of 5kg (11 lbs) will not be accepted


Can It Be Recycled?

If you are unsure if an item can be recycled, contact:

If your building is not receiving curbside collection services from the City of White Rock, please contact your building Property Manager or service provider for more details on their recycling programs.

 If you have any questions about garbage, recycling or green can, please contact us online or call the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at 604.541.2181.