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Organic Waste


Reduce unneccessary waste by putting your organics in your organics bin.

Surrey is committed to recycling 80% of the region's waste by 2020. Learn more about the City's waste reduction goals in the Surrey Sustainability Charter and Metro Vancouver's Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan.

Find out the collection schedule in your neighbourhood.

What Goes In Organics Bin: Fruits & Vegetables, eggs & dairy products, pasta & grains, meat, poultry & bones, baked goods, salad & dressing, fish & seafood. What goes in organics bin: Cooking oil, paper towels, soiled pizza boxes, napkins. What goes in organics bin: grass clippings,flowers, leaves, small trimmings, plants (no soil or rocks), tea & coffee grounds.


What Goes In

  • fruits & vegetables
  • eggs & dairy products
  • pasta & grains
  • meat, poultry & bones
  • baked goods
  • salad & dressing
  • fish & seafood
  • tea & coffee grounds
  • cooking oil
  • paper towels
  • soiled pizza boxes
  • napkins
  • grass clippings
  • flowers & leaves
  • small trimmings
  • plants (no soil or rocks)

    Tip: Put food or yard waste in your cart first to help soak up any cooking oil.
What Stays Out of Your Organics Bin: Plastic bags or garbage bags of any kind, diapers, pet waste, glass & metal, or hazardous waste

What Stays Out

  • No plastic:  When cleaning out your fridge, please remember to remove food from plastic bags, wrap and styrofoam.
  • No elastics: Remove elastic bands from bundled vegetables like celery, green onions, and asparagus.
  • No diapers, sanitary products or pet waste

Organics carts with any of these contaminant materials will not be serviced and you may receive a contamination notice.


Do not use garburators to dispose of your food scraps. It puts extra pressure on City sewage systems and treatment plants. Putting organics, such as bones and starchy foods, down the drain can cause blockages as they build up and dry within the pipes.

Kitchen Catcher

Use your Surrey kitchen catcher to separate your organic waste indoors. Buy Kraft paper bags at participating City Recreation Facilities (10 for $1.00). Or, line your kitchen catcher with newspaper or paper bags for easy cleaning.

Download Kitchen Catcher instructions

What Happens to Your Organic Waste

  • We transport your organic waste materials to the Harvest Power Facility in Richmond.
  • Materials at the facility are unloaded and put into a compost pile.
  • The compost process transforms the organics waste into soil using micro-organisms like bacteria and fungi to break down the organic materials.
  • For the compost process to work best, micro-organisms need a continuous supply of food (eg. organics), water and oxygen. Managing the temperature of the composting material is also important to make the process work.
  • Once the compost process is completed, the end material is a high-quality soil and mulch that is distributed throughout BC.

Branch Collection Program (Surrey Residents only)

  • Cost is $25.00 per 1.5 metres x 1.5 metres (5ft x 5ft) pile (length of branches does not matter)
  • Branches should be neatly piled on City boulevard with butt ends toward road
  • Branches must be less than 20 centimetres (8”) in diameter
  • No stumps are permitted

Call 604-591-4340 for service.

Learn about food scraps recycling.

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