Recycling, Composting & Garbage

Important Notice About New Recycling Requirements: 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, all recyclable and compostable material needs to be separated out of your garbage before it leaves your property.

Visit for a complete list of resources that will help you manage your recycling, compostables and garbage.

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. You'll be surprised at how little waste is left after composting and recycling.

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 business 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 Recycling Council of BC Hotline at 1-800-667-4321, or email them at