Recycling Resources

Updated: Sept. 13, 2011

I live in the fantastic community of Deep Cove in North Vancouver, BC.

Here are a list of resources I use for disposing of my clutter.  If you know of more, please e-mail me and I will add them to the list.

A list of resources in your area is only a google search away.

Recycling Resources

Recycling Council of British Columbia

Where to recycle just about anything in British Columbia.  Query your item in the Recyclepedia and it provides a list of locations that handle that material.  Unfortunately, some depots must charge a small fee to recycle certain items properly.  The best rates I’ve found are at the Pacific Mobile Depot.

Pacific Mobile Depot

Picks up once a month at Presentation House Theatre

(third Saturday of the month) click here for updated schedule

333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver

Accepts:  most soft or rigid plastics that the curbside service will not accept, styrofoam, acrylic, electronic items all for a fee click here for acceptable items and fees

Changes Recycling Centre (Save-On-Foods)

600-333 Brooksbank Ave
North Vancouver, BC V7J 3S8
Accepts: beverage containers for refund (not alcohol containers), milk jugs, printer cartridges and batteries! Follow the link for  more battery recycling resources in or near Vancouver.

Blue Box: glass bottles and containers, metal tins, aluminum foil including aluminum food containers, plastics marked 1,2,4 or 5

Yellow Bag: cardboard under 2’x3′ bundled with twine or in bag, mixed paper – no wrapping paper, photos, juice/milk boxes

Blue Bag: newspapers and inserts only

Tip: they will pick up extra mixed paper and newspapers placed in a paper bag and clearly marked “Mixed Paper” or “Newspapers.”  You can order a blue box, yellow bag and/or blue bag here.

North Shore Recycling Program Drop Off Depot

29 Riverside Drive, North Vancouver, BC map

Accepts: anything you can recycle in your blue box plus packing boxes and cardboard folded to 4’x4′, clothing (donated to Canadian Diabetes Association) and books (donated to The Reading Tree).

Return-It Bottle Depot (across from Park and Tilford)

310 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver map

Accepts: bottles for refund including alcohol containers, milk containers and electronics.

WCS Recycling

1493 Dominion St. in North Vancouver.

Accepts: soft plastic, rigid plastic, styrofoam, tetra packs and gable top (milk, juice) containers in their red bag recycling program ($6/large bag), as well as batteries, organics and shredding (see below)

Donation Resources

The Good Stuff Connection Thrift Shop

154 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver

Proceeds and donations benefit women and children staying at SAGE Transition House.

Accepts:  gently worn men’s, women’s and children’s clothing items and accessories, books, toys (including plush/stuffed animals), and essential household items (such as towels, linens, glassware, cutlery, dishes, pots and pans).

Also, accepts unexpired toiletries for women and children staying at the SAGE Transition House.

Drop off at the front door between 11am and 4pm.

Developmental Disabilities Clothing Donation Bin

Parkgate Village Shopping Centre (Safeway Complex)

#202-3650 Mt. Seymour Pkwy. map

Accepts: clothing including accessories, bathing suits and undergarments!, linens, sleeping bags

Donation Bins Dollarton Highway (at Accurate Iron Works or The Old Crab Shop)

2464 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver map

Accepts: Clothing, Unbreakable Toys and Housewares, Books, Bottles

Mt. Seymour United Church Thrift shop

1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver map

Accepts: Men’s, ladies and children’s clothing and shoes, toys, jewelry, books, bicycles, handbags, small safe working appliances, household items, art & pottery, flat screen televisions, linens, yarns and fabrics.

Hours to drop off: Monday through Wednesday and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Thrift Store

241 Lonsdale Ave map

Accepts:  clothing, household items, clothes, some larger items see list of acceptable items or call first (604) 980-4413

Also has drops bins at Superstore (333 Seymour Blvd) and Lynn Valley Centre (1199 Lynn Valley Rd.)

North Shore Women’s Centre

131 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver map

Accepts: donations of fiction books by women authors, non-fiction books on issues of interest to women, photocopying/printing paper and other stationary items, toiletries for distribution (e.g. shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, body lotions, hair styling products, soaps, etc.), small gifts for women and children

Harvest Project

1073 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver map

Accepts and Needs: good quality professional clothing for men and women, work clothes for physical labour, non-perishable food and toiletries – toothbrushes & paste, shampoo, deodorant, and razors

Drop Off Hours: Tuesday – Friday (10am – 4pm), Saturday (10am-2pm)

Free Geek Vancouver

1820 Pandora Street, Vancouver BC map

Accepts: anything computer related plus CD’s and DVD’s

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Drop off bins at any large chain grocery store.

Accepts: non-perishable food items

Needs: canned meat/fish, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta and sauce, peanut butter, baby food/formula


WCS Recycling

1493 Dominion St. in North Vancouver.

Cost: $6 per records box or .25/lb for unboxed paper with a $20 minimum charge.  A standard file or bankers box holds 25-30 lbs.

Drop off hours are 9am-3pm M-F.

Recycling Alternative

360 Industrial Avenue

Cost: .20/lb with a $30 minimum charge.

Follow the link for drop off hours and locations.


North Shore Transfer Station – The Dump

30 Riverside Drive, North Vancouver map

Avoid peak hours 10am-2pm minimum charge is $20, all other times minimum charge is $10.00

Click here for hours and acceptable materials.


9 thoughts on “Recycling Resources

  1. Fabulous! Thank you for this. I have just finished reading “The Happiness Project” and like your take on minimizing ‘stuff’!!

  2. A fabulous list! I also really enjoyed your post about Habitat for Humanity. I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know that we had a local chapter. Thank you!

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  5. This amazes me. We have some recycling here, but not as much as you do. What do they do with the styrofoam I thought it couldn’t be recycled? We don’t pay for our recycling of the more common items. But to recycle say a plasma tv there is a pretty hefty charge. What amazes me here is the single charge for garbage pick-up here. It doesn’t matter how much you have out everyone pays the same price. I think people would recycle more and put out less if they could pay less. There’s just no incentive for the non eco-minded person to worry about how much they toss out.

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