Important Information: Our Recycling Program Changing March 1st

Why is our curbside recycling program changing?

On March 1, 2017, Chilliwack joined the provincial stewardship program for packaging and printed paper.  This brings some changes to our curbside recycling program.

The stewardship program helps shift the responsibility for recycling packaging and printed paper to the businesses that produce those materials.  The program is administered by Multi-Material BC (MMBC), who collects funds from the producers and offers financial incentives for curbside collection programs. Joining the program will help keep Chilliwack's curbside fees low.

Who is affected by these changes?

The changes affect the recycling collection service provided to single-family homes and duplexes by the City of Chilliwack through Emterra Environmental. 

This does not apply to the townhouses or apartments with collection service from private waste companies.  A small number of townhouses have applied to be part of the City's curbside program, but most townhouses receive service through a private waste company.

Not sure if you are part of our curbside program?  Click here to check your address.

What changed on March 1st?

With the new program, residents will be able to recycle some additional materials at curbside.  Some items, including plastic bags, glass and styrofoam cannot be collected curbside, but can be taken to a depot for free recycling. The recycler requires these materials to be separated from curbside recyclables to increase processing efficiency because they can break easily or are more difficult to sort.

Changes to the program are highlighted below. A more detailed list and explanation of the accepted materials is provided at the bottom of this webpage.

In addition to the new materials we are accepting at curbside, you can continue to place the following recyclables in your blue/clear bags or containers for weekly collection.

Material Preparation Reminders

  • Empty and rinse containers – food waste contaminates recyclables
  • Remove caps and lids from containers and place loose in recycling
  • Flatten and cut cardboard to max. 1.25 m/4ft length, place in recycling container/blue bag or stack beside/under containers at the curb.

Residents may continue using their existing curbside recycling containers or blue/ clear bags for placing materials at the curb. There is no limit to the total amount of recyclables that can be placed at the curb for collection. Each container can be up to a maximum 121L and must have a lid and handles.

Education and Enforcement

Information on the recycling program changes is being provided to residents through:

  • Council presentation (February 7)
  • Door hangers (February 24)
  • Newspaper, radio and social media ads (February - April)
  • Curbside information tags (March - ongoing)

Enforcement will be phased in:

  1. For the first several weeks of the program (March 1 - 21), information tags will be left to notify residents of problems with the recycling contents, but materials will still be collected during this initial education phase.
  2. After the initial education phase, non-compliant recycling materials will be left at the curb with information tags. Residents will be able to rectify any problems with the materials and place their recycling out for collection the following week.

Phase 2 of enforcement starts on March 22. Watch for these tags to let you know what items to remove from your curbside recycling before placing your recycling back at the curb the following week.