The Benefits of Taking Your Junk to the Abbotsford Transfer Station

While most people tend to think that taking their junk to a transfer station is a bit of a hassle, there are actually many benefits for doing so. The main benefit being that all your junk is properly processed. This means that anything that could be recycled or composted is removed from the junk that will wind up at the dump.

At First Class Waste, we understand how important it is that we monitor what is going into our landfills. Here is a quick look at some of the things that you can and cannot take to a transfer station.

Taking Non-Hazardous Waste to a Transfer Station

While all transfer stations differ slightly about what they will or will not take when it comes to non-hazardous waste (such as food scraps, wood waste, and wood by-products), most transfer stations will dispose of non-hazardous garbage and waste that can’t be recycled or composted. Transfer stations monitor what is being disposed of in order to remove any organic or recyclable material before it winds up in a landfill.

Disposing of Organic Material at a Transfer Station

While not all transfer stations accept organic material, there is still a list of organic material that is acceptable to dispose of at a transfer station. This list covers three main areas: food scraps, plants and wood, and paper products.

Acceptable food scraps include:

  • Meat (poultry, fish, shellfish, bones)
  • Eggs and dairy products
  • Table scraps, plate scrapings
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, dough, pasta, and grains
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and tea bags
  • Brewery and winery waste

Acceptable plant and wood include:

  • Yard waste, plants, and flowers
  • Landscape vegetation
  • Paper and wood by-products
  • Wood pallets and crates

Acceptable paper products include:

  • Paper towel/napkins
  • Uncoated paper and takeout containers
  • Pizza boxes
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Uncoated paper cups and plates

What You Can and Cannot Recycle at a Transfer Station

Before you try to recycle anything at a transfer station, it is important to know what you can and cannot recycle.

What you can recycle includes:

  • Newspaper with inserts
  • Cardboard
  • Junk mail/flyers
  • School and office paper
  • Cereal boxes/ pizza boxes
  • Phone books and catalogues
  • All plastic containers with approved recycling codes
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tin/aluminum cans
  • Milk jugs
  • Tetra-Paks
  • Pop, water, and juice bottles

What you cannot recycle includes:

  • Gift wrap and tissue paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic without approved codes
  • China/ceramic plates and cups
  • String
  • Light bulbs
  • Aerosol/paint cans
  • Motor oil containers
  • Building/renovation materials
  • Waxed cardboard/wax paper

Abbotsford Waste Transfer Station

First Class Waste is proud to have a transfer station in Abbotsford. Unlike some other transfer stations, we accept all types of non-hazardous waste including food scraps, wood by-products, and wood waste. We work hard to maintain an environmentally friendly transfer station, so that you can feel good about how your junk is being disposed of.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of taking your junk to a transfer station or about one of our garbage disposal services, please contact First Class Waste Services at 604-823-2116 or fill out a form on our website. At First Class Waste, we are also proud to offer a large variety of front load bins, roll-off containers, and residential garbage and recycling services for commercial and residential buildings.