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Not sure when your pickup day is? Download the Mywaste app for your smartphone or tablet.
The Curbside Collection Calendar has been sent to households in the curbside collection area. Copies are also available on the lower floor at City Hall, or at the Leisure Centre. If you would like to request a copy, please call 604-820-3736 or email email@example.com.
Single Family Curbside Collection
Please have garbage, compost and recycling at the curb between 5:00 am and 8:00 am on collection day to ensure pickup, but please do not set it out the night before – we have bears in this community.
Timing of collecting the three material streams may change, so materials that are put out late may be left behind. To determine your collection day, rules and limits, please consult the Collection Calendar or add the My-Waste app to your iOS or Android device.
If it becomes necessary to cancel garbage, recyclables and compost collection due to bad weather and/or road conditions, residents are advised that where entire areas are missed, double the regular garbage amount will be allowed on the next scheduled collection day. For more detailed information, please see the Curbside Collection Update.
Please do not include dog waste in your curbside collection bin. See the section on Pet Waste Disposal on this page for more information.
Until April 4, 2016 The garbage collection limit for single-family and duplex dwellings is two 80-litre cans per unit, per week, with the exception of extra garbage featuring a sticker, which may be set out in bags. The total weight of each container may not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs). Starting April 4, 2016 The garbage collection limit for single-family and duplex dwellings is two 80-litre cans per unit, every second week. Extra garbage featuring a sticker may be set out in bags on the regular bi-weekly pickup day. The total weight of each container may not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs).
At a minimum, garbage in bins must be contained in a shopping bag.
Residents who generate more than two containers of garbage can purchase extra garbage stickers, available at City Hall at a cost of $3.50 per sticker. Residents who produce extra waste because of a medical condition, or because they have two or more children under the age of three in their household can contact Engineering at 604-820-3736 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to qualify for free extra garbage stickers.
Residents receiving municipal curbside collection may put all dry, clean recyclables in see-through blue bags for weekly pickup in unlimited amounts. Recyclables do not have to be sorted, but can go in the same bag. They include:
- Recyclable paper (e.g., newspaper, magazines, flyers);
- Corrugated cardboard (please include in blue bags or flatten boxes and store bundled cardboard underneath the blue bag to keep dry);
- Boxboard (e.g., cereal & tissue paper boxes, paper towel cores);
- Container glass (e.g., bottles & pickle jars – no drinking glasses, mirrors, window panes or broken glass, please);
- Metal cans (e.g., soup, canned & pet food cans);
- Rigid plastic containers, jugs and bottles with plastics codes 1, 2 and 5 (e.g., milk jugs, soap bottles, margarine tubs). Please check the bottom of the container for the code; and
- “Stretchy” plastic film, such as bubble wrap, plastic bread and shopping bags.
For additional details, please visit the Recycling page.
Compostables, including both food and yard waste, are collected in various containments in unlimited amounts.
For additional details. including acceptable materials, please visit the Composting page.
Pet Waste Disposal
Did you know that pet waste is hazardous to the health of people and pets? Abandoned pet waste can contain a host of diseases and parasites that can infect other pets or in some cases be transmitted to people.
Not picking up after your dog is considered littering. Owners are required to pick up and properly dispose of feces left by their pet.
Dog feces are banned from curbside garbage.
Cat Waste, Kitty Litter and Small Animal Bedding
Used kitty litter and small animal bedding with incidental amounts of feces can be disposed of in the regular curbside garbage according to the following guidelines:
- Kitty litter and small animal bedding must be double bagged and securely tied before being placed in the garbage container. No more than 5 L of kitty litter and small animal bedding should be placed in any one container.
- Kitty litter cannot be flushed down the toilet due to the potential of blocking plumbing and sewer lines.
Dog waste is accepted at the Mission Landfill, however, please be sure to notify the scalehouse staff of what you are disposing of. Please be sure to double bag pet waste with each bag securely tied and no larger than 10 L of pet waste. There is a minimum landfill tipping fee of $5 for Mission residents. Other options include:
- Burying dog waste in your in your backyard or in a pet waste composter. See below for composter information.
- Flushing dog waste down the toilet. Remove any plastic or plastic bags before disposing of dog waste in the toilet. Used plastic bags can be placed in a clean plastic bag and placed in your curbside garbage. No plastic bags or bags labeled “flushable”, “water soluble” or “biodegradable” are accepted in the sewer system.
- Hiring a pet waste pickup service. Look in the Yellow Pages under Pet Waste Removal, or check the internet for pet waste removal businesses.
Build your own Dog Waste Composter
Follow these steps to properly compost dog waste:
- Choose a location that is a suitable distance away from your other composting systems and vegetable gardens, and from any water body, standing water, high groundwater, or groundwater well. You can bury pet waste under ornamental trees and shrubs, as long as it meets the preceding conditions.
- Dig a hole in the ground approximately 60-90 cm (2-3 ft) deep and 60 cm (2 ft) across. If there are concerns with the sides of the hole sloughing into the hole, place an old garbage can into the hole with the bottom of the can cut out.
- Add a thick layer of shredded cardboard or other carbon-rich, absorbent material (coir, shredded paper, aged straw etc.) in the bottom.
- Use some sort of enclosure over top like a regular plastic backyard composter top. It will control the amount of water added and prevent flooding, allow you to add more material, and will help ward off children and animals.
- Add your pet’s waste along with more bedding material or a layer of soil and sprinkle with water following each deposit.
- Finished compost can be used on ornamental trees and shrubs.
- DON’T put dog waste into your curbside compost bin or curbside garbage as it creates health and safety issues for curbside collection and compost facility workers.
- DON’T add pet waste to your backyard compost bin. It could make your compost unhealthy, retain odours and attract pests.
- DON’T bury pet waste near a vegetable garden.
- DON’T put pet waste into the storm sewer. Storm sewers do not connect to the sanitary sewers and treatment facilities, so pet waste can cause water pollution and present health risks to people and animals.
- DON’T place kitty litter in any amount in your toilet. Kitty litter is often made of absorbent clay which can expand when wet and block sewer lines.
- DON’T compost kitty litter and feces.
Multi-family complexes receive recyclables and compost collection services, but must make their own arrangements for refuse pickup. The list of acceptable recyclables and compostables is the same as it is for single-family dwellings; however, the materials are typically collected in large, central toters, which are emptied on the same day that single-family dwellings are serviced, as per the Curbside Collection Calendar.
Recyclables and compost do not have to be contained in bags before being placed in the toters. Please do not include any plastics or other non-compostable materials in the compost bins. To facilitate servicing and reduce odour potential, crumpled up newspaper may be placed on the bottom of the green compost bins and between layers of food and yard waste.
In order to reduce wildlife attraction and protect bears and people, please store compostables and recyclables inside a secure enclosure and ensure that the lid on large garbage containers is closed when not in use.
Rural residents receive no municipal collection services, but have full access to all drop-off facilities for recyclables and compostables. They can also make collection arrangements with a private hauler.
Please refer to “Recycling Centres & Services” or “Rubbish Removal” in the Yellow Pages for a list of local collection service providers.
Opportunities to Donate Unwanted, Usable Items to Charity
Do you have any reusable or resellable items too good to be discarded? Why not try one of the charitable organizations in our area to see if your trash may be someone else’s treasure? Please keep in mind that the items must be clean, in working condition and actually reusable.
For a listing of local charities, please consult page 5 of the Curbside Collection Calendar.