Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do with the different types of litter I collect?
Most litter is too damaged to sort into recycling, compost, and landfill waste. So unless it is very clean, all your collected litter will go into your curbside waste. Should you find you are exceeding your allowable collection amount, contact us for bag tags. If you live outside of the collection area, speak to us about landfill vouchers.
How do I dispose of litter I collect?
Collected litter can be placed in your curbside waste. If you exceed your collection limit, speak to us about bag tags. If you live outside of the collection area, contact us for landfill vouchers.
Is all litter...for the landfill?
Not necessarily. You can sort your CLEAN, DRY recyclable litter and sort them according to the District of Mission standards for recycling and place it with your curbside pick-up. Recycling can also be taken to the Mission Landfill (Dewdney Trunk Rd) or Mission Recycling Depot (Mershon Street) for free.
What do I do if I encounter a homeless encampment?
First ask yourself if it seems someone is currently living there.
How do I handle needles safely?
At M.E.S.S. we following Fraser Health's steps to disposing of needles safely. You can also contact us for a disposal kit (free of charge). Sharps such as needles can be disposed in a biohazard container or sturdy plastic container for free at the Public Health office at Mission Hospital.
Do I report illegal dumping and bulky/unmanageable items?
Yes, please inform us of any large items or dump sites that you encounter using the Monthly Report Form on our website. We track dump sites in Mission so we can better understand how to manage the problem.
What if I can no longer clean my route?
That's okay! Please notify our office if you are unable to continue cleaning your route so we know which areas of Mission might need more volunteer attention.
What if I move from Mission, BC?
Please contact the office (604) 826-9423 and arrange to return your equipment. Each kit cost our non-profit $60 to purchase – and we will recycle your kit to newly registered volunteers and/or use them in our general clean-ups. If you are moving out of Mission, and will no longer be collecting litter IN Mission – we ask also, that you return your kits, as our Adopt-A-Block litter program is only for Mission residents and individuals who collect litter IN Mission. If we can, we will advise you of your new home town’s litter control program contact.
What items can I dispose of for free?
What items are recyclable?
In Mission, we follow Recycle BC's standards for sorting recyclables. Please click on the links below for information on how to sort any recyclables you may find.