When the big move is complete, chances are you’ll have a few things you’ll need to dispose of or recycle.
In the lower mainland of British Columbia, there is no shortage of recycling depots, transfer stations, pick-up programs, and landfills that you can feel good about taking your moving waste to, so you can sustainably and responsibly dispose and recycle your leftover waste from your big move:
Coquitlam Transfer Station – Located at 1200 United Blvd, the Coquitlam Transfer Station accepts everything from batteries and boat hulls to carpet, green waste and e-waste. They are open Monday to Friday 6:30am – 5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8am – 6pm.
North Vancouver Transfer Station – Located at 30 Riverside Drive West (South of Dollarton Highway). Accepts the same materials as the Coquitlam Transfer Station.
Surrey Transfer Station – Located at 9770 192nd Street, Surrey. This facility was certified Silver by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2005, recognizing the implementation of sustainable green building and development practices. It accepts the same items and materials as the Coquitlam and North Vancouver Transfer Stations.
Surrey Reuses – A website dedicated to Surrey residents looking to sell, trade or donate items that would otherwise be disposed of. Listings can be made at SurreyReuses.com. To encourage the purchase and use of the site, a maximum listing price of $99 has been implemented. The site actively assists the City of Surrey to reduce its goal of 70% annual waste diversion.
Surrey Large Item Pickup Program – The City of Surrey actually provides a pickup service for large items being disposed of. All households can opt to have up to 4 large item pickups throughout every year, and 6 if you have a registered secondary suite – if they receive regular curbside collection from the City of Surrey. Accepted items include various furniture pieces, mattresses, appliances, BBQ’s, and small household goods that are boxed and bundled. You can schedule a large item pickup by calling 604-590-7289 (Option 3).
Surrey Pop-Up Junk Drops – Held in the Surrey Operations Centre Parking Lot at 6549 148 Street, the Surrey Pop-up Junk Drops are meant to help residents get rid of household items that cannot be taken during regular roadside pickup. Six event dates are held from July to October from 10am – 4pm. Contact the Waste Collection Hotline at 604-590-7289 for more information.
Vancouver South Transfer Station and Recycling Depot – Located at 377 West Kent Avenue North, Vancouver. This location is open Monday to Friday from 5:30am – 7pm, and on Saturday and Sundays from 8am – 6pm. To access the site, drivers must enter from the east. Left turns are not permitted by vehicles arriving from the west. Some fees, charges and limits may be in effect at the Vancouver Transfer Station and Landfill.
Vancouver Landfill – 5400 72nd Street, Delta. Open Monday-Friday from 7:30am – 6pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 8am – 6pm. Find a complete list of items that are accepted and not-accepted at the Vancouver Transfer Station and Landfill here.
Richmond Recycling Depot – Located at 5555 Lynas Lane, the Richmond Recycling Depot is open Wednesday to Sunday 9am – 6:15pm. Residents and businesses can drop off 1 cubic yard of recyclables and three large appliances at the Recycling Depot per day. A complete list of accepted and non-accepted materials and items can be found on their website.
Richmond Large Item Pickup – A convenient large item pickup offered up to 4 times per year, the Richmond program accepts mattresses, furniture and various appliances. This service is open to single family homes and townhomes within city garbage collection and recycling pickup services, as well as multi-family complexes with city garbage collection services. To schedule a pickup, call Sierra Waste Services at 604-270-4722
Burnaby Eco-Centre – This self-serve public facility located in Burnaby, BC accepts larger volume of materials accepted in the City’s recycling program, waste for composting, and some toxic materials like propane tanks, flammable liquids, batteries and paints – up to 100kg of green waste per day. The Eco-Centre is located at 4855 Still Creek Drive west of Douglas Road, and is open seven days/week from 8am – 4pm.
Langley Transfer Station – Located at 1070 272nd Street, Aldergrove, BC, the Langley Transfer Stations is open Monday to Sunday 8am – 5pm. The facility accepts blue box materials, lead acid batteries, oil filters, metal residential sized appliances, mattresses, and propane tanks, but does not accept used gypsum. It also accepts green waste, clean wood and food waste.
Abbotsford Mission Recycling Depot – Located at 33670 Valley Road, Abbotsford, this recycling depot is open Monday – Sunday from 8am – 5pm and participates in numerous recycling programs. It provides access to public drop-off of household recyclables, appliances and scrap metal.
R&T Recyclables and Bottle Depot – After the big move is done, maybe you’ll invite your friends and family in for a BBQ and some good cheer. When the time comes to take your recyclables from the move to a recycling depot, the R&T Bottle Depot provides a partial refund on beer containers. They also partake in numerous recycling programs and paint exchange programs. The Depot is located at 31550 South Fraser Way, Unit 23, Abbotsford.
Cascades Recovery Inc. Vancouver – Offering cardboard and paper recycling, as well as organics, hard and soft plastic recycling, e-waste, light bulb, Styrofoam, battery, metal, and hazardous materials recycling, this recycling depot is located at 8325 Main Street, Vancouver.
Lougheed Return-It Depot – This recycling depot accepts glass and aluminum containers, Christmas lights, car electronics, alcohol containers, small household appliances, cardboard and paper packaging, as well as plastics and aerosol cans, amongst other materials. Located at 1045A Lougheed, Coquitlam, it’s open from Monday to Saturday from 9am – 6pm, and on Sundays from 10am – 5pm.
In addition to these popular recycling depots, transfer stations and landfills, additional resources and locations can be found at bcrecycles.ca and through the Recycling Council of British Columbia website.