Garbage, Recycling, GreenCan

To ensure we continue to enjoy a livable, prosperous and sustainable region, the City of Langley is committed to caring for the environment by reducing landfill waste and supporting the Metro Vancouver Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan. Below please find a detailed description of the garbage, recycling and green can collection programs in the City of Langley.

Garbage - Single Family Residences

Garbage is collected every second week according to the schedule for your zone noted in the City of Langley Residential Waste Collection Guide. Recycling and Green Can waste (kitchen organics such as bones, meat, egg shells, leftovers, grease, leaves, grass clippings, branches, etc.) is picked up weekly.

Please place your garbage cans/bags at the curb by 7:30 a.m. The garbage limit is two 80 litre cans or two 66 cm x 91 cm bags. Note there is no limit on recycling and green can waste pick-up. Waste collection trucks collect each group of materials separately between the hours of 7:30 AM and 7:00 pm.

Extra garbage pick-up is available by purchasing garbage stickers ($2.20 per bag) from City Hall (20399 Douglas Cr.), Douglas Recreation Centre (20550 Douglas Cr.) and Timms Community Centre (20702 Eastleigh Cr.).

Large item pick-up of up to four items (including furniture and appliances) per year is available to single family dwelling residents by appointment only. To schedule a pick-up appointment, please call Emterra at 604-599-8651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Note: working fridges may be eligible for the BC Hydro’s Fridge Buy-Back Program.

Please be advised, mattresses, box springs and futons are excluded from the program but can be recycled through a local mattress recycling facility. Please see the recycling section for more information.

Garbage - Multi-Family Residences

Multi-family homes (i.e. condos and townhouses) of more than seven units do not currently receive waste collection services from the City of Langley. Multi-family complexes management organizations arrange the service through a private waste hauler.

Materials Banned from Garbage Collection

For a complete list of banned materials – including corrugated cardboard, newsprint, beverage containers, paint, oil, electronics and soon: organic waste and clean wood – click here. For more information, visit or call the Metro Vancouver Information Centre at 604-432-6200.

Garbage is inspected for high percentages of banned and recyclable materials. Loads that arrive at the disposal sites containing more than 5% (by volume) of banned materials are assessed a 50% surcharge (an additional $32.50 per tonne) on the whole load. These charges are passed back to your business or complex or municipality.

Recycling- Single and Multi-Family Residences

Multi-Material BC (MMBC), a non-profit organization working on behalf of businesses that supply packaging and printed paper is responsible for residential recycling programs in many areas across BC, including the City of Langley. The introduction of the MMBC program has enabled residents to recycle new types of packaging including plant pots, aluminum foil, certain types of plastic drink cups, aerosol cans and spiral wound paper cans. See below for detailed program info, including MMBC’s accepted materials list:

MMBC Accepted Materials List (consolidated)
MMBC Recycling Guide
MMBC Recycling Q&A

If you have questions about your recycling services in the City of Langley or to inquire about additional or replacement bins, please contact Emterra Environmental (MMBC's collection contractor) at 604-599-8651. For more information on MMBC's recycling program, visit

Recycling Resources:

  • For information on mattress recycling, call the Recycling Council of BC Recycling Hotline at 604-REC-YCLE (604.732.9253).
  • To recycle fluorescent light bulbs, visit Curtis Lumber at 22454 48th Avenue, Langley.
  • To recycle fluorescent tubes and common household batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and the smaller “watch” style), visit Edmonds Recycling, #101 -20131 Industrial Ave.
  • To find the nearest recycling centre by category, visit Metro Vancouver Recycles.

Green Can Program - Single Family Residences

The City provides weekly collection of green waste year round. Acceptable materials include kitchen organics, such as bones, meat, egg shells, leftovers, grease, etc.; and leaves, grass clippings, branches, etc.

Please place your green can waste at the curbside on your collection day in either: designated refuse containers (minimum 50 litres / maximum 77 litres) marked with "Green Can" (decals available at City Hall, 20399 Douglas Cr.) OR double-ply water resistant, compostable kraft yard bags specifically designed for green waste collection (available at retail stores). Note: Branches (maximum 1 m x 60 cm) must be securely tied in bundles that are no heavier than 34kg. Plastic bags are not acceptable.

Green Can Tips
Green Can Q&A
Accepted materials list
Sample containers & program info

For further information, including your pick-up schedule please download the Residential Waste Collection Guide.

Green Can Program - Multi-Family Residences

Did you know that Metro Vancouver banned organic materials (including food scraps) from the landfill in 2015? Prepare your multi-family complex for the upcoming changes and set up your organics collection today! Food Scraps recycling can be set up by contacting a private hauler, such as your current garbage contractor.

Green Waste Resources:

Additional Recycling and Garbage Links:

Metro Vancouver Disposal Facilities
British Columbia Industrial Materials Exchange
Product Care - Paint, Pesticides, Flammable Liquids
Recycling Council of BC Website
Multi Material BC (MMBC)
BC Recyclopedia