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Paper, Plastics, Glass & More

Blue Box Recycling

Recyclable materials from the Blue Box program are collected weekly from single-family homes and some townhomes complexes.

Visit Collection Schedule to find-out your recycling collection day. 

Blue Box Recycling Guide
Here's how to use the City's Blue Box program to recycle at home

  1. Sort recyclable materials using the Mixed Paper Recycling Bag, Glass Recycling Bin and Blue Box.
  2. Place at the curbside with your garbage container before 7:30 a.m. on collection day, but no earlier than 8:00 p.m. the night before.
  3. If there's a statutory holiday, your collection day will occur one day later than the normal collection day and will resume on the regular schedule the following week.

What Goes Where

Blue Box acceptable items



(Yellow Bag)

(Grey Bin)

(Blue Box)
What to Recycle
  • Corrugated cardboard*
  • Flattened cereal boxes
  • Inserts & flyers 
  • Magazines & catalogues
  • Newspaper
  • Paper envelopes
  • Paper gift wrap & greeting cards
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Telephone books & other directories
  • Writing & home office paper
  • Note pads
  • Clear or coloured glass bottles and jars
  • Aerosol cans & caps (food items, air fresheners, shaving cream, deodorant, hairspray)
  • Aluminium cans & lids
  • Aluminium foil & foil containers (foil wrap, pie plates, food trays)
  • Aseptic boxes or cartons for milk, milk-type beverages, cream, soup, broth, sauces
  • Frozen dessert boxes for ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc.
  • Gable-top cartons for milk, milk-type beverages, cream, substitute eggs
  • Microwavable bowls, cups & lids
  • Paper & plastic drink cups & lids
  • Plastic jugs with screw tops used for milk, cooking oil, laundry detergent, fabric softener; cleaning solutions, cleaning products, body care products, windshield washer fluids, etc.
  • Plastic bottles for food, dish soap, mouthwash, shampoos, conditioners
  • Plastic jars for peanut butter, jam, nuts, etc.
  • Plastic clamshells for baked goods, produce, fruit, etc. Containers are clear with hinged lid
  • Spiral wound paper cans & lids (frozen juice concentrate, cookie dough, coffee, nuts, baby formula)
  • Tin & lids
How to Recycle Place in the yellow Mixed Paper Recycling Bag
  • Remove lids (place in Blue Box)
  • Rinse clean
  • Place in Glass Recycling Bin


  • Remove lids  
  • Rinse clean
  • Place in Blue Box
Do not include
  • Foil gift wrap
  • Ribbons or bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries
  • Rubber bands
  • Padded envelopes 
  • Non-paper gift wrap 
  • Ceramic mugs or other ceramic products
  • Drinking glass
  • Dishes or bowls
  • Eye glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Window glass
  • Ceramics (plates/cups)
  • Drinking glass
  • Film or soft plastics (e.g. grocery bags)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Motor oil containers
  • Styrofoam
  • Window glass

 Blue Box Recycling Tips:

  • Do not put your recyclables into a plastic bag - place them in the various bins separately, and avoid stacking or nestling items together (e.g. a aluminium tin nestled inside a plastic container).
  • Some household items, like propane tanks, and hazardous materials are not accepted as part of the Blue Box program. Please phone RCBC Hotline at 604-732-9253.
  • Please make sure containers are emptied and rinsed before placing them in the Blue Box or Glass Recycling bin.
  • Bring excessive amounts of cardboard, containers and/or paper products to City's Recycling Depot

How to Get a Blue Box, Mixed Paper Bag or Glass Recycling Bin
There is no charge for a new or replacement Blue Box, grey Glass Recycling Bin or yellow Mixed Paper Recycling Bag. To obtain these items, please call 604-276-4010, or pick them up at the following locations:

City Recycling Depot
5555 Lynas Lane
Wednesday to Sunday (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays & Statutory Holidays)
9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

City Hall
6911 No. 3 Road
Monday to Friday (Closed on Weekends & statutory holidays)
8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please note:
There are two different sizes for Blue Box and the larger Blue Box is only available for pick up the the Recycling Depot.

  • Standard Blue Box: 18.5" L x 15.5" W x 15.5" H or,
  • Larger Blue Box: 19" L x 16" W x 21" H

Helpful Links and Resources
PDF Document Blue Box Brochure
PDF Document Blue Box Brochure
Recycling Depot
Metro Vancouver Recycling Directory