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Mission’s Curbside Recycling Collection Program has changed


Residents receiving curbside collection from the District will be delivered a 121-litre recycling bin
the week of July 22, 2019 or shortly thereafter. Once you have received the bin, please use it for
setting our your recyclable on your very next collection day. The list of acceptable materials will stay
the same, but recyclables will no longer be collected in blue bags.

Why are bins replacing bags?
The use of bins instead of bags is required by Recycle BC to reduce additional waste. In addition to being better for the environment, residents will no longer have to buy blue bags.

How much will the bin hold?
The bin will hold 2 to 4 average blue bags, depending on how well contents are prepared. Flattening containers, milk jugs and cardboard boxes will save space.

Can I get more than one bin?
The District is providing one free bin per dwelling unit that receives curbside collection. One bin should be sufficient for most households. If you have a home with a recongnized secondary dwelling unit and pay the additional utility user fees, you will be receiving an extra bin. Residents that need additional bins can purchase them at local retailers. Additional bins provided by residents must be designed for manual curbside collection, have a capacity between 75 and 121 litres, have two graspable D-handles, have a tight-fitting lid, and feature a blue sticker to designate them for  recyclables collection. Blue stickers are available at no cost at Welton Common (7337 Welton Street), Municipal Hall, and the Leisure Centre.

What can I do with my old blue bags?
The only Recycle BC exception for blue bags after July 31, 2019 is for the recycling curbside collection of shredded paper. It is recommended that shredded paper be bagged into translucent bags before placing inside of the bin for all curbside collections.

Where do I get more information?
Information about the bin and recycling collection will be inside the bin when it’s delivered to you. More information is also available online at Recycle BC’s website.

Dispose of Items the Right Way

Please make sure containers are emptied and rinsed before placing them in the blue bin or glass recycling bin. Bring excessive amounts of cardboard, containers and/or paper products to the Mission Recycling Depot.

Please consult the District’s Curbside Collection Guide for collection limits and information on what can be included in the curbside waste collection.
Don’t see the item you are looking to dispose of in our Guide? Check out Recycle BC’s online “WHAT CAN I RECYCLE?” Recycling Materials List, or enter an item into the free Recycle Coach app to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it in Mission.

District of Mission Curbside Collection Guide
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Recycling FAQs


When is my recycling collected?

Recycling is collected weekly. Please see the Curbside Collection Calendar or download the Recycle Coach app to find out when your scheduled recycling pick-up day is.



What materials can go in blue bins?

Mixed Recyclables” – the dry recyclable waste that is free from contaminants such as construction, food, or garden waste.

  • non-deposit containers (plastic, aluminum, steel, etc.)
  • paper cups
  • cartons (coffee cups, milk cartons etc.)
  • paper and packaging (shoes, crackers, etc.).

See Recycle BC’s online “WHAT CAN I RECYCLE” Recycling Material List to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it in Mission.



What materials CANNOT go in blue bins?

The main materials that are not accepted in the blue bin curbside recycling are:

  • Styrofoam
  • all stretchy plastic bags (black bags, bin liners, shopping bags, bread wrappers, crisp bags)
  • Plastic film & non-recyclables (chip bags, wrappers, cling film, bubble wrap, etc.)
  • glass containers (accepted in the black box)
  • Coal bags, compost and fertilizer bags, pet-food bags or pouches
  • Hard plastics (toys, etc)
  • Tin-foil or tin trays (disposable barbecue trays, take-away food containers)
  • No meat, poultry or fish (raw or cooked) wrappers, trays or packaging
  • Ashes
  • Vacuum cleaner bags and contents
  • Rocks, bricks, gravel & timber
  • Glass/ceramics
  • Clothes/shoes
  • Green waste (kitchen or garden)
  • Dryer sheets and lint
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Medical waste
  • Paint, motor oil, wax or petroleum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Animal Waste



Can Styrofoam be recycled?

Styrofoam is not accepted in our curbside collection system, but it can be dropped off at a depot to be recycled at these locations:

  • Mission Recycling Depot
  • Mission Landfill Recycling
  • Mission Recycle Centre

For additional information on Mission’s recycling depots, please visit our online Drop-offs Depots & Landfill page section.



Are stretchy plastics recyclable?

Stretchy plastics are not accepted in our curbside collection system, because they can easily damage the sorting equipment/machinery by getting stuck. Instead, they can be dropped off at a depot to be recycled at these locations:

  • Mission Recycling Depot
  • Mission Landfill Recycling
  • Mission Recycle Centre

For additional information on Mission’s recycling depots, please visit our online Drop-offs Depots & Landfill page section.



Can cardboard food containers be recycled?

If the container is clean with no oil residue or food, it can be recycled in your blue bin. If the cardboard is greasy with food still stuck to it, it should be composted.



Should I clean out containers before putting them into my recycling bin?

Yes, please empty containers and clean them out before putting them into your blue bin. This helps minimize contamination from food residue spoiling the recyclability of materials, and reduces smells to prevent attractions of bears.

For additional information on how to prevent attraction of bears, please visit our online Bears & Wildlife page section.



Do I have to remove labels from containers before recycling them?

No, you can leave labels on contains, but please ensure they are empty and rinsed.



Why do I have to sort my curbside recycling?

When recyclables are sorted into three streams (glass, fibres, and containers), we can ensure that more of the materials that are collected are recycled, and improve the performance of your recycling program.



How should I sort my recycling?

Please sort recyclables as follows:

  • Use the blue container for non-deposit containers (plastic, aluminum, steel, etc.), paper cups, cartons (coffee cups, milk cartons etc.), paper and packaging (shoes, crackers, etc.).
  • Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in containers can be flattened.
  • Think outside the kitchen – shampoo bottles, bubble bath, lotions and potions all come in containers that can be recycled. Pop a small bin in your bathroom to remind you to collect all of them.
  • It really helps if you thoroughly rinse all items before placing them in your bin, as dirty or unsuitable items could contaminate the entire contents.
  • Use the black container for non-deposit glass bottles and jars.

See Recycle BC’s online “WHAT CAN I RECYCLE” Recycling Material List to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it in Mission.



Why were glass and film plastic collected previously, while other materials were not collected, but will now be?

Glass can break during collection and is then difficult to sort from other recyclables, resulting in other materials, such as paper, not being accepted by recycling markets. Film plastics, such as shopping bags and bread bags, can get wrapped up with other recyclables during collection and are then difficult to separate. The Recycle BC program is a Province-wide program and needs to be consistent across the Province to ensure maximum collection.

The larger scale of the program requires certainty of markets, and therefore must address market concerns with glass and film plastic, while at the same time, providing economies of scale for accepting additional materials.



Where can I get more information?

Additional information can be found on Recycle BC’s website, or by emailing or calling the District of Mission’s Engineering Department at 604-820-3736.

Recycle BC (previously MMBC) FAQs, April 2017

Extended Producer Responsibility (ERP) Drop-Off Programs
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs are industry-driven initiatives for waste reduction and recycling, which cover materials not included in the curbside collection service. The cost of recycling is funded by producers and consumers at the time of purchase of these products, so that there are no charges at the time of drop-off.

For more information about recycling the products listed below through an EPR program, please visit the Ministry of Environment’s Product Stewardship online website:

Beverage Containers
Electronics & Electrical
Lead-Acid Batteries
Packaging and Printed Paper
Paint Solvents, Pesticides & Gasoline
Used Oil & Antifreeze
Annual Reports and Stewardship Plans

Download the Recycle Coach App & Sign-Up for Free Recycling and Garbage Reminders!

Find everything you need to know about waste management in Mission. Set reminders in your app so you never miss your curbside collection day and get helpful info on sorting recyclables and compostables to help reduce your garbage.

You’ll also get calendar notifications for events like spring cleanup and the Rot Pot compost giveaway, and there’s a great what-goes-where feature to help you figure out where to drop off those hard-to-recycle items.

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