Waste Collection & Collection Calendar
Report missed pickups and other service issues directly to the collection contractor, GFL, at 604-820-6487 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission’s residential, single-family waste collection program involves the weekly collection of mixed recyclables and compostables, including food waste, and bi-weekly collection of garbage and container glass.
To determine your collection day, and to see how to safely dispose of something in the District of Mission, please consult the Collection Calendar or add the Recycle Coach app to your iOS or Android device to get reminders sent straight to your phone.
Curbside Single-Family Dwelling 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.
For additional information on reducing bear and wildlife attraction, please visit our online Bears & Wildlife page section.
Please consult the Curbside Collection Calendar for collection limits and information on what can be included in curbside waste, compost, and recycling. Don’t see the item you are looking to dispose of in our Mission Depot Drop-off Guide? Check out Recycle BC’s Recycling Materials List, or enter an item into the Recycle Coach app to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it in Mission.
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 (available for purchase at a cost of $3.50 per 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). 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, qualify for extra garbage stickers – please contact the District’s Engineering Department to find out how to qualify.
At a minimum, garbage in bins must be contained in a shopping bag.
Additional garbage may be dropped off at the Mission Landfill for a fee. For details and locations of Mission’s drop-off depots, please visit the Drop-off Depots & Landfill page.
Residents receiving municipal curbside collection may put dry, clean recyclables into blue bins for weekly pickup in unlimited amounts. Glass recyclables can be put out in the black box bi-weekly on the same day as your garbage pickup.
For additional information on the District’s recycling program, please visit our online Recycling page section.
Compostables, including both food and yard waste, are collected in various containments in unlimited amounts.
For additional information on the District’s compost program, please visit our online Composting page section.
Multi-Family Dwelling Collection
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.
Don’t see the item you are looking to dispose of in our Mission Depot Drop-off Guide, check out Recycle BC’s Recycling Materials List, or enter an item into Recycle Coach app to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it in Mission.
Recyclables & Compost
Recyclables and compost do not have to be contained in bags before being placed in the toters.
Ensure that all your recyclables are sorted, dry and clean. For additional information on the District’s recycling program, please visit our online Recycling page section.
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. For additional information on reducing bear and wildlife attraction, please visit our online Bear & Wildlife page section. For additional information on the District’s compost program, please visit our online Composting page section
All additional waste materials may be dropped off at the Mission Landfill. For a complete list of Mission’s Drop-off and Landfill depots and locations, please visit the Drop-off Depots & Landfill page online section.
Rural Residential Collection
For a complete list of Mission’s Drop-off and Landfill depots and locations, please visit the Drop-off Depots & Landfill page online section. Rural residents 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.
Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) Property Collection
ICI properties are required to make their own arrangement for collection and disposal of all waste streams, including garbage, recyclables and compostable waste (food and yard waste).
Please visit the Fraser Valley Regional District online for more background information.
For a complete list of Mission’s drop-off and landfill depot locations, please visit our online Drop-Off Depots & Landfill page section.
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
- 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
- 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 feet) deep and 60 cm (2 feet) 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.
For more information, please visit Urban Agricultural Notes Pet Waste Composting online, or contact the District’s Engineering Department.
Fraser Valley Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan
The provincial government mandated all Regional Districts to complete Solid Waste Management Plans (SWMP) by the end of 1995. These plans indicate the state of waste management in all regional districts, and provide guidance on reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. The initial goal was to reduce waste by at least 50% by the year 2000.
Please visit the Fraser Valley Regional District online for more background information.
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