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 As we work towards reducing waste as much as possible, less material will need to go into your garbage cart. Garbage is collected every other week. To find out when your garbage collection day is, please see the waste collection schedule.

Garbage Process

  1. Progressive Waste Solutions picks up garbage materials at your curbside, with new, state-of-the-art automated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks, which emit 23% less carbon emissions and 90% less air particulates, compared to diesel trucks

  2. The trucks take the garbage to the Surrey Transfer Station. At the Transfer Station, garbage is stored on a temporary basis and is screened for hazardous waste and recyclable materials.

  3. The garbage is then loaded into large trucks and hauled to the Cache Creek or Vancouver Landfill or the Burnaby Waste-to-Energy Facility.

What Goes In

What goes in your garbage cart? Only waste that cannot be placed in the organics or recyclables cart, for example: diapers, cloth and textile materials, or any product that cannot be reused or recycled.

What Stays Out

For information on how to dispose of materials that cannot be placed in the garbage, contact the Recycling Council of BC (RCBC) hotline at 604-732-9253 or visit or

Visit Metro Vancouver's pages for more information about materials banned from disposal.

Pet Waste

Small, household amounts of pet waste is accepted in your garbage cart. Please ensure the waste is double bagged before placing it in your garbage cart for next collection.

For alternative disposal options and information regarding disposing other pets' waste, please visit Metro Vancouver's website.

Hey! Food isn't garbage. Food scraps belong in your green bin.

Organics Disposal Ban

Learn more about Metro Vancouver's region-wide Organics Disposal Ban.

Clean Wood

Clean Wood Disposal Ban

Find out about how to recycle clean wood and save on waste management costs.