Personalized Schedules and Collection Reminders
Use our address search tool to view your curbside recycling collection schedule and nearest Recycle BC depots. You can also sign up for reminders and import your schedule into your online calendar.
The Recycling Guide outlines how to sort your recycling, shows what is not accepted, and includes a collection calendar. You can also download the Recycle BC app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store to access your collection schedule online, search for depots, and sign up for reminders.
Click the image below to download the 2019 – 2020 Recycling Guide:
Collection questions or need information?
Contact GFL Environmental (Smithrite)
Due to an increase in the number of conflicts between wildlife and humans, the City of Coquitlam is adjusting garbage zones to address this concern. Recycling collection will also change to reflect these new zones.
Your collection day may change, but the set-out time remains the same. Please check the new recycling guide when it’s posted to see your schedule and place your blue box recycling at the curb between 5:30 am and 7:00 am.
Recycling collection will not use the same a.m. and p.m. zone delineation that garbage and green cart collection will. This is done to reduce the number of missed collections by continuing to provide flexibility to drivers to adjust routes in the case of snowy weather or other circumstances that may result in a change to accessible collection routes. Residents in all zones are asked to continue to set-out their recycling for collection by 7:00am.
Recycle BC is working in partnership with the City of Coquitlam to inform residents of the change. Information is being distributed through a number of ways including a utility bill insert, print advertising, public signage and online tools.
Please sort your recycling as follows:
- Use either or both of your reusable recycling bags for paper and packaging that held dry products (shoes, crackers, etc.). Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in this bag can be flattened, cut into smaller pieces, and stacked between recycling containers.
- Use your existing dark blue box for containers (plastic, aluminum, steel, etc.) and paper packaging that contained liquids when sold (coffee cups, milk cartons etc.).
- Use your new light blue box for non-deposit glass bottles and jars.
Recycle BC asks for glass containers to be separated from other recyclables because glass can easily break during collection. When broken glass mixes with paper and other containers it becomes difficult to properly recycle these materials, meaning that less glass—and less of the other material—is recycled. Broken glass is also a safety hazard. By separating glass containers from other recycling, more will be recycled. Please take deposit containers to a depot for refund.
There is no limit to how much recycling you can set out. If all of your materials do not fit in your recycling box and bag, please try consolidating them. For example, bulky plastic milk jugs, milk cartons, and boxes can be flattened; smaller metal cans be placed inside larger metal cans; plastic containers can be fitted inside each other (e.g. yogurt containers), etc. If you have additional recyclables that do not fit into your blue boxes and bag, these can be placed in a rigid container of your choice, such as a laundry hamper. Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in your bag can be flattened, cut into pieces no larger than 30” x 30” (78 cm x 78 cm), and stacked between your recycling containers.
If you regularly have more recycling than your boxes can accommodate, you might want to purchase another, as long as the container is similar in size and shape to your existing one. Most hardware stores carry blue boxes of different sizes and you can purchase additional containers by contacting GFL Environmental at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-529-4011.
No. Under the BC Recycling Regulation, businesses that supply packaging and paper to BC residents are responsible for managing recycling programs. Recycle BC uses fees paid by businesses to pay for curbside recycling in Coquitlam.
Recycle BC will replace each container once per household, free of charge. Should your household request multiple replacement containers, you will be asked to pay for the second and subsequent replacements. To request new containers, please contact GFL Environmental at email@example.com or 604-529-4011.
No. Recycle BC’s packaging and paper recycling program does not affect garbage collection.
Curbside recycling collection is weekly, on the same day as green waste collection. Please check the Curbside Recycling Guide or address search tool for your collection day.
No. Your local government no longer provides curbside collection of residential packaging and paper. As of May 19, 2014, per BC’s Recycling Regulation, the businesses that supply packaging and paper to residents are responsible for financing the collection and recycling of these materials. Recycle BC works on behalf of these businesses to manage the program.
In Coquitlam, curbside recycling is collected by GFL Environmental. If you have questions about your recycling collection or need additional information, please contact them at: