Recycling, Composting & Garbage

Important Notice About New Recycling Requirements

The safety of residents, staff, and solid waste workers are our top priority.  To curb the spread of COVID-19, we are suspending promotion, outreach, and enforcement of the new bylaw that requires everyone to sort their waste before it leaves their property.

We thank those who are already meeting the sorting requirements and will post further updates on the new bylaw here as information becomes available.

Help us to reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in our landfills. You'll be surprised at how little waste is left after composting and recycling.

Some of our member municipalities (Abbotsford, ChilliwackHarrison Hot SpringsHope and Mission) provide residential waste management services to their communities, while we offer numerous garbage and recycling services in the Electoral Areas.

New Bylaw In Effect

Effective April 1, 2020, our new waste sorting bylaw applies to all owners or occupiers of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional properties in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Kent, Mission and Electoral Areas A - H.

To comply, you must sort all recyclable and compostable material out of the garbage before it leaves your property.

Why Did We Adopt This Bylaw?

Our Regional Board adopted the bylaw as a strategy to meet the waste diversion targets outlined in the  Solid Waste Management Plan, which has a goal of diverting 90% of compostable and recyclable waste away from landfills by 2025.

How Did the Bylaw Get Developed?

The waste sorting bylaw was developed after extensive consultation with stakeholders, including municipalities, electoral area representatives, waste industry representatives, and businesses associations, among others. Visit our Waste Wise Bylaw Background page for more information on how the bylaw was planned and what we are currently doing to get the word out.

Got Questions?

For more information, visit our FAQ page, call the RCBC Hotline at 1-800-667-4321, or email them at