Surrey, British Columbia Source Separation of Recyclable Materials

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Type: By-Law1

Status: Adopted on 1/23/89

Source File:


As amended by By-law No. 12268.
A by-law to promote the reduction of City waste through the source separation of recyclable materials from the residential waste stream.

WHEREAS the City of Surrey, as a member municipality of the Greater Vancouver Regional District is a participant in The Greater Vancouver Regional Solid Waste Management Plan;

AND WHEREAS the Greater Vancouver Regional Solid Waste Management Plan, approved by the Minister of Environment in December 1985, places an emphasis on waste reduction, resource recovery and recycling;

AND WHEREAS the Greater Vancouver Regional Solid Waste Management Plan has set a target for the annual removal, through recycling, of 10% of the City waste stream;

AND WHEREAS experience and polling data from communities across Canada has shown that the convenience of source separation of residential solid waste into recyclable and non-recyclable components in conjunction with curbside pick-up greatly increases the level of participation in municipal recycling program;

AND WHEREAS every occupier of a dwelling unit should be encouraged to recycle any material for which there is a viable market;

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Surrey, in open meeting assembled, ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:

1. Definitions

(a) "Recyclable Material" means non-glossy paper, non-glossy paper products, and containers made of glass and metal.

(b) "Refuse" means all waste other than Recyclable Materials.

(c) "Collector" means persons or companies contracted or designated from time to time by the Council to collect and remove recyclable materials.

(d) "Premises" means dwelling units served with refuse collection under City contract.

(e) "Designated Pick-Up" means the same location designated for the pick-up of refuse.

(f) "Designated Container" means a bag, box or other container of recyclables clearly marked for collection by the Collector.

2. Separation and Collection of Recyclable Material

(a) Nothing in this by-law shall prevent any person from donating or selling Recyclable Materials not placed at the Designated Pick-up to any other person or organization.

(b) All owners or occupiers of Premises receiving City garbage collection, as specified in By-law 3054 or its amendments, shall separate Recyclable Materials from all refuse originating from the Premises.

(c) Recyclable Materials not being otherwise recycled by the owner or occupier of the premises shall be deposited in designated containers at a Designated Pick-up for collection by the Collector.

(d) No person shall remove, take or convert to his or her own use any Recyclable Material placed at a Designated Pick-up unless he or she is:

(i) The person who initially placed the Recyclable Materials at the Designated Pick-up, or
(ii) An employee or agent of the City, or
(iii) A Collector in whose or with whose Designated Containers the recyclable materials have been placed.

(e) Except for Recyclable Materials utilized in the household to wrap or contain garbage or refuse or which have been otherwise used in the household and are therefore unfit for recycling, no person shall place Recyclable Material in garbage receptacles or containers for collection by the regular scheduled garbage collection of refuse.

3. Penalty for Violation
Every person who contravenes this By-law by doing any act which it forbids, or omitting to do any act which it requires to be done, is guilty of an offence and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of not less than $25 and not more than $50. A separate offence shall be deemed to be committed upon each day during and in which the contravention occurs or continues.

4. This By-law shall be cited for all purposes as "Recyclable Materials Collection By-law, 1989, No. 9883."

Footnote: 1 - For the sake of consistency, Canadian municipal by-laws are categorized as ordinances as they serve the same purpose as their American counterparts.