Containers and 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 garbage container shall not exceed four cubic feet or 110 litres in size (one standard garbage can or standard size plastic garbage bag).
  • Each property can put out up to two containers of garbage (cans, bags or combination) every other week for curbside collection.
  • Each garbage container, including contents, should not weigh more than 50 pounds.

Missed Collection?

  • Confirm it was your collection day by checking the schedule  Garbage & Recycling Schedule
  • Were containers placed curbside by 8:00 a.m.
  • Were containers visible to collection crews
  • Is there a contamination notice/sticker advising containers are:
    • Too heavy or too large (Up to 110L in size and 50 pounds in weight)
    • Exceeds the limit
    • Not properly presented
    • Recyclable items in garbage

If none of the above apply, and materials were not collected by 4:30 p.m, please contact the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department at 604.541.2181 between the business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note: calls made outside of normal business hours are forwarded to the After Hours Emergency Dispatch.

The City has established a Solid Waste Bylaw to provide for the collection, removal, disposal of recycling and solid waste to guide garbage and disposal practices and management.

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. Extra garbage stickers are available for purchase at the following locations for $5.00 each:

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 


What bags to use and how to set them out

  1. Use standard garbage bags (up to 66 cm × 91 cm)
  2. Fill the garbage bags (up to 50 pounds) 
  3. Put a sticker on each bag
  4. 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.

Banned Materials in Garbage

At Metro Vancouver disposal facilities, where the City's garbage is taken for disposal, loads are inspected for banned materials that shouldn't be in the garbage, such as recyclable materials, product stewardship materials, or hazardous materials that pose a risk to waste collection workers, the public or the environment.

Should any of these items be disposed of in your 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 banned material. At disposal sites, loads that contain banned materials will be assessed a surcharge, plus the potential cost of removal, clean up or remediation.

Banned Recyclable Materials

These materials are banned from regular garbage disposal in Metro Vancouver to encourage and increase recycling:

To find out where to recycle these items, use Put Waste In Its Place.

NEW July 2018: expanded polystyrene packaging (commonly referred to as styrofoam). Surcharges will apply at Metro Vancouver regional facilities for loads with over 20% expanded polystyrene packaging. For more information on recycling styrofoam visit Metro Vancouver.

Banned Hazardous and Operational Impact Materials

These materials are hazardous to the environment or workers, or have high operational impacts. There are safe disposal options.

  • Agriculture waste
  • Asbestos
  • 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
  • Excretement, other than small amounts of pet excretement that are double bagged and do not exceed 5% of the total waste
  • Gypsum Drywall
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Liquids and sludge
  • Mattresses
  • Propane tanks
  • Refuse that is on fire, smouldering, flammable or explosive
  • Refuse that would contravene the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
  • Inert fill including soil, sod, gravel, concrete and asphalt
  • Any other refuse that the Manager considers unsuitable for handling

Banned Product Stewardship Materials

These materials have provincially regulated recycling programs and accessible recycling options region-wide.

  • Antifreeze and antifreeze containers
  • Gasoline
  • Pesticide products
  • Pharmaceutical products and medications
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Oil, oil filters and oil containers
  • Paint products
  • Solvents and flammable liquids
  • Electronic and electrical products
  • Tires
  • Thermostats
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Batteries


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

There is no public garbage or green waste drop-off location available in the White Rock/South Surrey area.  

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 Transfer Stations and Landfills directly for disposal rates, hours and acceptable items. The closest transfer stations to White Rock are:

Surrey Transfer Station

9770-192 Street,



Delta Transfer Station

(Vancouver Landfill)

5400-72nd Street,


Aldergrove Transfer Station

1070-272nd Street,






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
  • Wrap food in newsprint or paper bags
  • Use sturdy cans with secure lids
  • Keep cans in garage or shed during the week
  • Use bungee cord or weight on lid. Cord must be removed for collection
  • Put cans out as close to collection time (8:00 a.m.) as possible
  • Keep cans clean by rinsing with soapy water; leaving soap residue may also mask food odors
  • Try sprinkling peppermint leaves or strong peppermint tea in or around cans to repel pests