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Garbage & Recycling

Snow Tips & Updates

When snow is in the forecast, it's best to set out your garbage and recycling curbside on the morning of collection and not the night before. As our crews proactively plow and clear the laneways and collection route in the zone overnight, setting your items out in the morning helps to avoid:

  • The blue and grey bins from filling with snow
  • The toter lids from freezing and being covered in snow, making them more difficult to tip and identify to which stream they belong
  • The toters and bins from blocking passage of the plows in laneways and on streets
  • The toters and bins from being plowed-in by our clearing work

Collection Updates

  • Zones 2A & 2B: Garbage, green bin and recycling collection will proceed on February 20. Please note it may take longer for pickup to be completed during snowy conditions.
  • Please remove snow from the top of your garbage and green bins, plus a minimum of 3 feet on all sides in order for the mechanical arm on the trucks to successfully pick them up. Please do not place bins behind or on top of snow banks.
  • Leave bins out as crews are collecting items throughout the day and pickup may occur later than usual.

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New! Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Recycling

You can now drop off Other Flexible Plastic Packaging at the City's Eco-Centre. Other Flexible Plastic Packaging is one of the fastest growing packaging types on the market, and essentially includes types of plastic film and flexible plastics that often include multiple layers of different types of plastic.

The City provides residential collection of garbage, recycling, yard trimmings and food scraps to approximately 35,000 single and two-family households, and 35,000 multi-family units. The City also provides a collection service for garbage and recyclables to approximately 480 businesses and schools.

Find Your Schedule

Enter your address below to view your collection schedule, create a personalized calendar, set reminders and notification preferences, report a problem, and find out where to recycle items.

There are many ways residents can reduce waste and help the City of Burnaby move closer to achieving our regional goal of 70% waste diversion. Learn more about some of the programs the City has to offer to help keep stuff out of the garbage.

Green Bin Program

Green Bin Program

About 50% of residential garbage is food. Recycle food scraps in your Green Bin to separate them from regular garbage.
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Expanded Recycling

Expanded Recycling

The City has expanded the list of materials we accept for collection. Help reduce waste by placing these new items out for collection.
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Take Back for Recycling

Take it Back for Recycling

There are some items that the City does not collect, but can be dropped off for recycling for free.
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Large Item Collection Program

Large Item & Appliance Pick-up

Help curb illegal dumping in our lanes and streets. Call us to pick up your old couch, mattress, appliance or other furniture. 
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Grey Box, Yellow Bag, Blue Box

Need a Blue Box, Grey Box or Yellow Bag?

Replacement blue and grey boxes and yellow bags are available at at Burnaby’s Eco-Centre, 4855 Still Creek Drive. If you need a garbage or yard waste container, contact Burnaby Engineering at 604-294-7460 or engineering@burnaby.ca

Need Help?

Recycling, Garbage & Green Bin
Staffed Information Line:
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
24-Hour Touch-tone Information Line: 604-294-7089
Email: solidwasteandrecycling@burnaby.ca
BC Recycling Hotline: 604-RECYCLE (732-9253)
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