Recycling Program

Collection and Containers

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 collected in 3 streams and items must be sorted into the appropriate recycling box or bag

  • Red box is for non-deposit glass container recycling
  • Yellow bag is for paper/cardboard/newspaper recycling
  • Blue box is for plastic and metal container recycling


There is a fee for red and blue recycling boxes. Recycling bags and recycling boxes for single family homes are available for pick up at the following City facilities-check for hours:

City Hall

15322 Buena Vista Ave


Kent Street Activity Centre

1475 Kent Street


Centennial Arena

14600 North Bluff Road 


White Rock Community Centre

15154 Russell Avenue 


Engineering & Municipal Operations

877 Keil Street 


Not sure if the item should be placed in the blue box, yellow bag or red box for recycling? 

Please do not put recycling curbside in any other type of bag or container. These containers will not be collected.

  • 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.
  • Cardboard must be flattened, folded or cut to fit into the yellow recycling bag. 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.
  • Do you have excess cardboard to recycle? Contact the BC Recycling Hotline at 604.732.9253 or visit their website at RCBC Recyclepedia for nearby cardboard recycling locations. There is no public recycling drop off locations in White Rock. 

 The following items can be brought to a depot for recycling (they are not collected curbside):

Please recycle at your local depot. The nearest depot to White Rock:

Return It Semiahmoo Bottle Depot

Unit 28 - 15515 24th Ave.


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           Return It Depots
Batteries Exhausted rechargable batteries and household alkaline batteries are accepted Batteries weighing inexcess of 5kg (11 lbs) will not be accepted

Recycle BC is a non-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout British Columbia. The City of White Rock participates in the Recycle BC program. For more information please visit Recycle BC.

Can It Be Recycled?

If you are unsure of how to dispose of or recycle items try: