Alternative Disposal Options

Prohibited Materials Drop-Off

Household Hazardous ProductsThe careless handling of hazardous products can cause injury or death as well as damage to the environment. Hazardous products that are dumped in sewers or green spaces can kill or injure livestock, wildlife and plant life.

For the safety of our neighbours and their children, it is essential that we dispose of these materials carefully.

Many common household and automotive products must be recycled or disposed through special depots.

The following products are not accepted in blue boxes, or at public landfill sites. For your information, we have provided suggestions on where to dispose of these products.

PDF Document 2014 Hazardous Waste and Other Disposal Items

This list of disposal sites is not guaranteed, and is provided for your convenience. Please call first to confirm that the site is still open to accept hazardous products, and to check hours of operation.

Type of Products
(SP=Stewardship Program & DB=Disposal Ban)

Drop-Off Locations (* A fee is charged)

Name Address Telephone
Antifreeze SP DB

Empty Containers
SP DB
Audi of Richmond 5680 Parkwood Way 604-279-9663
Canadian Tire 3500 No. 3 Road 604-273-2970
Certigard Petro-Canada 4011 Francis Road 604-277-3620
Cowell Motors Ltd. - Volkswagen 13611 Smallwood Place 604-273-3992
Esso Service 7991 No. 1 Road 604-277-1105
Jaguar Land Rover of Richmond 5660 Parkwood Way 604-273-6068
Lubeworld 10991 No. 4 Road 604-951-6662
Metron Auto Service Ltd. 8077 Alexandra Road Unit 104 604-270-1668
Mr. Lube 9120 Westminster Highway 604-273-5823
Rainbow Auto Service 11788 River Road Unit 142 604-276-2820
For a complete list of antifreeze or containers accepted, visit Used Oil Recycling or call 604-RECYCLE.
Appliances - Small SP DB City's Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas Lane 604-276-4010
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling Richmond 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of small appliances accepted, visit ElectroRecycle or call 604-RECYCLE.
Audio Visual & Consumer Equipment SP DB

Telephones & Telephone Answering Systems SP DB

Televisions SP DB
Best Buy 5300 No. 3 Road Unit 700 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling Richmond 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
Richmond Return-It Bottle Depot 8171 Westminster Highway Unit 135 604-232-5555
Steveston Return-It Depot  12320 Trites Road Unit 2  604-241-9177
 For a complete list of audio visual & consumer equipment, telephones & telephone answering systems and television accepted, please visit Return-It Electronics or call 604-473-2400.
Automotive Batteries SP DB ABC Traders Ltd 2980 No. 3 Road 604-278-1731
Canadian Tire 3500 No. 3 Road 604-273-2939
Canadian Tire 11388 Steveston Highway 604-271-6651
Kal Tire
6551 No. 3 Road (Richmond Centre) 604-207-1203
Regional Recycling * 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
Note: All retail locations accept a used car battery for each new one purchased. For a list of collection sites, please visit Recycle My Battery.
Batteries (weight five kilograms or less) SP DB

Cellular/Mobile Phones SP DB
Batteries Included 5300 No. 3 Road Unit 319 604-270-9989
Canadian Tire 11388 Steveston Highway 604-271-6651
Changes Recycling Centre 8200 Ackroyd Road 604-881-3592
Dr Battery 13900 Maycrest Way Unit 135 604-273-8248
Future Shop 5300 No. 3 Road Unit 102 604-232-9772
Home Depot 2700 Sweden Way 604-303-7360
London Drugs 5971 No. 3 Road 604-448-4811
London Drugs 11666 Steveston Highway Unit 3200 604-448-4852
Pharmasave 10151 No. 3 Road Unit 116 604-241-2898
Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas Lane     604-276-4010 
Rona 7111 Elmbridge Way 604-273-4606
Staples 6390 No. 3 Road Unit 1 604-270-9599
Staples 2780 Sweden Way Unit 110 604-303-7850
For a complete list of batteries accepted, please visit Call2Recycle or call 1-888-224-9764.

Mobile phones are also accepted by all RecycleMyCell locations (see Cellular/Mobile Phones below).
Carbon Monoxide (CO), Smoke and Combination Smoke and CO Alarms SP DB Go Green Depot & Recycling East 7th Avenue Unit 7, Vancouver 604-874-0367
London Drugs 5971 No. 3 Road 604-448-4811
London Drugs 11666 Steveston Highway Unit 3200 604-448-4852
South Van Bottle Depot 34 East 69th Avenue, Vancouver 604-325-3370
For a complete list of alarms accepted, please visit AlarmRecycle or call 604-RECYCLE.
Cellular/Mobile Phones SP DB All cellular/mobile phone stores accepts used cellular/mobile phones for refurbishing or recycling.
To erase information from your device, including text messages, contacts and personal files, use Cell Phone Data Erasers available for free online.

Visit RecycleMyCell or call 1-888-797-1740 for a list of collection sites. Pre-paid mail-back label to return cellular phone through Canada Post is available through RecycleMyCell website.

Mobile phones are also accepted by all Call2Recycle locations (see Batteries & Mobile Phones above).
ComputersSP DB

Computer Monitors/ Keyboard/Mice & Other Peripherals SP DB

Desktop PrintersSP DB

Desktop & Portable Scanners/Fax Machines & Copying EquipmentSP DB



Best Buy 5300 No. 3 Road Unit 700 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
Computers for Schools
- computers only for reuse
6741 Cariboo Road Unit 206, Burnaby 604-294-6886
Free Geek Vancouver
- computers only for reuse
1820 Pandora Street, Vancouver 604-879-GEEK (4335)
London Drugs - computers only 5971 No. 3 Road 604-448-4811
London Drugs - computers only 11666 Steveston Highway Unit 3200 604-448-4852
To erase data from hard drive or physical destruction, please visit Data Security information on Return-It Electronics website.

For a complete list of computers, computer monitors/keyboard/mice and other peripherals, printers, scanners, fax machine and copying equipment accepted, please visit Return-It Electronics or call 604-473-2400.
Exercise and Hobby Machines SP DB City's Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas Lane 604-276-4010
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling Richmond 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of exercise machines accepted, visit ElectroRecycle or call 604-RECYCLE.
Gypsum Drywall DB
(no other materials attached to or on drywall)
City of Vancouver Landfill * (maximum 1/2 sheet with a paid load of garbage) 5400 72nd Street 604-873-7000
Ecowaste Industries Ltd. * 15111 Triangle Road 604-277-1410
Fairway Disposal * 11560 Twigg Place 604-327-7100
New West Gypsum Recycling * 38 Vulcan Street, New Westminster 604-534-9925
Flammable Liquids SP DB

Gasoline
(must be in approved ULC container) SP DB

Pesticides SP DB

Solvents SP DB
City's Recycling Depot
5555 Lynas Lane 604-276-4010
For a complete list of flammable liquids, gasoline, pesticides and solvents accepted, please visit ReGeneration or call 604-RECYCLE.
Hazardous Materials - General Hazco Environmental * 13511 Vulcan Way Unit 160 604-214-7000
Newalta Corporation * 7483 Progress Way Unit 9, Delta 604-952-1220
Hypodermic Needles Purchase a "Sharps Container" from a pharmacy and return the container to same pharmacy when full.
Information Technology or Communication Devices (Electronic or Electrical) SP DB Best Buy 5300 No. 3 Road Unit 700 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of information technology or telecom equipment accepted, please visit Return-It Electronics or call 604-473-2400
Lights:

Compact Fluorescent
Lights(CFLs) SP DB

Fluorescent Tubes
SP DB

Halogen and
Incandescent
SP DB

High Intensity
Discharge (HID) and
other mercury
containing lamps SP
DB


Light Emitting Diode
(LED) SP DB


Residential Use Only

(Maximum limit for return at one time is a total of 16 tubes and 16 bulbs)
City's Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas Lane 604-276-4010
Canadian Tire 11386 Steveston Highway 604-271-6651
Home Depot 2700 Sweden Way 604-303-7360
London Drugs 5971 No. 3 Road 604-482-4811
London Drugs 11666 Steveston Highway Unit 3200 604-448-4852
RONA 7111 Elmbridge Way 604-273-4606
For a complete list of lights accepted, please visit LightRecycle or call 604-RECYCLE.
 
Lighting Fixture and Products SP DB

Residential Use Only

(Maximum limit for return at one time is a total of 5 fixtures or/and products)
City's Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas Lane 604-276-4010
Ironwood Bottle Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling Depot 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of lighting fixtures and products, please visit LightRecycle or call 604-RECYCLE
Lubricating (Used) Oil SP DB

Oil Filters SP DB

Plastic Oil ContainersSP DB
Acurus Automotive 4280 No. 3 Road Unit 140 604-273-4141
Audi of Richmond 5680 Parkwood Way 604-279-9663
Canadian Tire 3500 No. 3 Road 604-273-2970
Canadian Tire 11388 Steveston Highway 604-271-6651
Certigard Petro-Canada 4011 Francis Road 604-277-3620
Cowell Motors Ltd. - Volkswagen 13611 Smallwood Place 604-273-3922
Esso Service Station (Blundell) 7991 No. 1 Road 604-277-1105
Jaguar land Rover of Richmond 5660 Parkwood Way 604-273-6068
Lubeworld 10991 No. 4 Road 604-951-6662
Metron Auto Service Ltd. 8077 Alexandra Road Unit 104 604-270-1668
Mr. Lube 9120 Westminster Highway 604-273-5823
OK Tire Service Centre 5831 Minoru Boulevard 604-278-5171
Rainbow Auto Service 11788 River Road unit 142 604-276-2820
Richmond Acura 4211 No. 3 Road 604-278-8999
Sky Auto Services 5791 Minoru Boulevard Unit 110 604-233-1828
For a complete list of lubricating oil, oil filters and plastic oil containers accepted, visit Used Oil Recycling or call 604-RECYCLE.
Medical Devices & Equipment (Eletronic and Electrical) SP DB Best Buy 5300 No. 3 Road Unit 700 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-IT Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of medical monitoring & treatment devices, please visit Return-It Electronics or call 604-473-2400
Musical Instruments (Electronic) SP DB Best Buy 5300 No. 3 Road Unit 700 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of electronic musical instruments accepted, please visit Return-It Electronics or Call 604-473-2400
Outdoor Power Equipment, i.e. electronic/electrical mowers, snow throwing equipment and gardening tools SP DB Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of outdoor power equipment accepted, please visit Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC) or contact 1-888-772-9772 ext. 219
Paint & Paint Aerosol Containers SP DB City's Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas Lane 604-276-4010
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
Rona 7111 Elmbridge Way 604-273-4606
Steveston Return-It Depot 12320 Trites Road Unit 2 604-241-9177
For a complete list of paint & paint aerosol containers accepted, please visit ReGeneration or call 604-RECYCLE.
Pharmaceutical SP DB All pharmacies accepted left over or outdated prescription drugs, non-prescription medications, herbal products, mineral supplements, vitamin supplements and throat lozenges for safe disposal.

Note: Please do not wash these items down the drain or throw them in the garbage.
For a list of pharmacies and/or drugs, medications, herbal products and mineral supplements accepted, visit Medications Return or call 604-RECYCLE.
Propane Tanks - Refillable
(empty)
City of Vancouver Landfill (maximum 1 unit) 5400 72nd Street 604-873-7000
Husky Autogas 9060 Bridgeport Road 604-278-0011
Pacific Propane Container Recycling 13083 116th Avenue, Surrey 604-580-1688
Steves Husky Service * 8011 No. 3 Road 604-270-3822
Propane Tanks (Small) - Disposable
(empty)
City of Vancouver Landfill (maximum 2 unit) 5400 72nd Street 604-873-7000
Pacific Propane Container Recycling 13083 116th Avenue, Surrey 604-580-1688
Sewing, Knitting and Textile Machines SP DB City's Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas Lane 604-276-4010
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling Richmond 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of sewing and textile machines accepted, please visit ElectroRecycle or call 604-RECYCLE.
TELUS Equipment (rental or retail) SP DB All TELUS rental or retail equipment such as cordless/corded phones, Voice Over IP (VOIP) phones, Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment and video/telephone conference equipment can be returned via Canada Post, instruction available on TELUS' website on the Return and Recycling Program or call their client service for BC at 604-310-2255.
Thermostats SP DB Andrew Sheret Ltd. 4500 Vanguard Road 604-278-3766
For a complete list of thermostats accepted, visit Switch The 'Stat or call 1-416-922-2448.
Tires SP DB A & D Workshop Inc 12871 Clarke Place Unit 180 604-351-7696
Acurus Automotive Ltd. 4280 No. 3 Road Unit 140 604-273-4141
Canadian Tire 3500 No. 3 Road 604-273-2939
Canadian Tire 11388 Steveston Highway 604-271-6651
Chariot Tire 4940 No. 6 Road Unit 404 604-276-2966
Costco Wholesale 9151 Bridgeport Road 604-270-3647
Express Lube & Tune Centre 2840 No. 3 Road 604-278-1018
Fountain Tire 8971 Bridgeport Road 604-273-3751
Kal Tire 6551 No. 3 Road (Richmond Centre) 604-207-1203
Kal Tire 2633 No. 5 Road 604-278-9181
Metro Tires Ltd. 12311 Mitchell Road 604-783-4435
Midway Tirecraft 2251 No. 5 Road Unit 170 604-276-8558
OK Tire Store 5831 Minoru Blvd 604-278-5171
P & P Tire and Auto Service 8531 Capstan Way Unit 150 604-278-3777
Redline Automotive Ltd. 11711 No. 5 Road Unit 1 604-277-4269
Richmond Country Tire 11880 Machrina Way 604-241-5555
Roadrunners Dial A Tire Ltd. 11386 Railway Avenue 604-274-8473
Shortstop Auto Service 11251 Bridgeport Road 604-244-0464
Signature Mazda 13800 Smallwood Place 604-278-3185
Note: All retail locations accept a used tire for a new one purchased.

For a complete list of tires accepted, visit Tire Stewardship BC or call 1-866-759-0488.
Tires & Tubes - Bicycle Ace Cycles 3155 West Broadway Street, Vancouver 604-738-9818
Bike Doctor 137 West Broadway Street, Vancouver 604-873-2453
Cap's Bicycle Shop 434 East Columbia Street, New Westminster 604-524-3611
Different Bikes 1421 West Broadway, Vancouver 604-737-2344
Dream Cycle 1010 Commercial Drive, Vancouver 604-253-3737
Kissing Crows Cyclery 4562 Main Street, Vancouver 604-872-5477
La Bicicletta Pro Shop 233 West Broadway Street, Vancouver 604-872-2424
New West Cycle 6th Street Unit 47, New Westminster 778-397-3971
West Point Cycles 3771 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver 604-224-3536
West Point Cycles 6069 West Boulevard, Vancouver 604-263-7587
For more information on the program, visit Tire Stewardship BC Bike Tire Recycling website or call 1-866-759-0488
Tools - Power (Electronic and Electrical) SP DB City's Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas lane 604-276-4010
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling Richmond 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of power tools (electronic and electrical) accepted, please visit ElectroRecycle or call 604-RECYCLE
Toys (Electronic and Electrical) including Video Gaming Systems and AccessoriesSP DB Best Buy 5300 No. 3 Road Unit 700 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 8151 Capstan Way 604-244-0008
Ralph's on Mitchell 12011 Mitchell Road 604-325-8323
Regional Recycling Richmond 13300 Vulcan Way 604-276-8270
For a complete list of electronic and electrical toys accepted, please visit Return-It Electronics or call 604-473-2400
Non Hazardous
Miscellaneous Items
Ecowaste Industries Ltd. * 15111 Triangle Road 604-277-1410
For a list of items accepted and not accepted at Ecowaste, please visit their website or call them.

For items not listed, contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline
604-RECYCLE(732-9253) or 1-800-667-4321 or
visit Metro Vancouver Recycles website or
Commercial Business may contact Metro Vancouver 604-432-6200

For ideas on using alternatives to hazardous products, check out Metro Vancouver "Better Solutions" brochure or call 604-432-6200 for a copy.