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 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
Certigard Petro-Canada 4011 Francis Road 604-277-3620
Cowell Motors Ltd. - Volkswagen 13611 Smallwood Place 604-273-3992
Jaguar Land Rover of Richmond 5660 Parkwood Way 604-273-6068
Metron Auto Service Ltd. 104-8077 Alexandra Road 604-270-1668
Mr. Lube 9120 Westminster Highway 604-273-5823
Rainbow Auto Service 142-11788 River Road 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 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
Richmond Return-It Depot      135-8171 Westminster Highway      604-232-5555 
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 700-5300 No. 3 Road 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
Richmond Return-It Depot 135-8171 Westminster Highway 604-232-5555
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 Kal Tire
6551 No. 3 Road (Richmond Centre) 604-207-1203
Regional Recycling * 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
Sota Battery Canada      11871 Horseshoe Way      604-271-9727 
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
Best Buy     700-5300 No. 3 Road 604-273-7335
Dr Battery 102-4460 Jacombs Road 604-273-8248
Home Depot 2700 Sweden Way 604-303-7360
London Drugs 5971 No. 3 Road 604-448-4811
London Drugs 3200-11666 Steveston Highway 604-448-4852
Pharmasave 116-10151 No. 3 Road 604-241-2898
City's Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas Lane     604-276-4010 
Rona 7111 Elmbridge Way 604-273-4606
Staples 8171 Ackroyd Rd 604-270-9599
Staples 110-2780 Sweden Way 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 London Drugs 5971 No. 3 Road 604-448-4811
London Drugs 3200-11666 Steveston Highway 604-448-4852
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
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 700-5300 No. 3 Road 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
BC Technology for Learning Society
- computers only for reuse
206-6741 Cariboo Road, Burnaby 604-294-6886
Free Geek Vancouver
- computers only for reuse
1820 Pandora Street, Vancouver 604-879-GEEK (4335)
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 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
Richmond Return-It Depot  135-8171 Westminster Highway  604-232-5555 
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
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way  1-855-701-7171 
For a complete list of flammable liquids, gasoline, pesticides and solvents accepted, please visit ReGeneration or call 604-RECYCLE.
Hazardous Materials - General Tervita * 160-13511 Vulcan Way 604-214-7000
Terrapure Environmental * 9-7483 Progress Way, 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 700-5300 No. 3 Road 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
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
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot  11020 Horseshoe Way  604-275-0585 
London Drugs 5971 No. 3 Road 604-482-4811
London Drugs 3200-11666 Steveston Highway 604-448-4852
OK Bottle Depot 7960 River Road      604-244-0008 
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 & Return-It Depot  11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
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
Audi of Richmond 5680 Parkwood Way 604-279-9663
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
Jiffy Lube 10991 No. 4 Road 604-448-0142
Metron Auto Service Ltd. 104-8077 Alexandra Road 604-270-1668
Mr. Lube 9120 Westminster Highway 604-273-5823
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 700-5300 No. 3 Road 604-273-7335
Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
Staples  8171 Ackroyd Road  604-270-9599 
Staples  110-2780 Sweden Way  604-303-7850 
For a complete list of medical monitoring and treatment devices, please visit Return-It Electronics or call 604-473-2400
Musical Instruments (Electronic) SP DB Ironwood Bottle & Return-It Depot 11020 Horseshoe Way 604-275-0585
OK Bottle Depot 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
Staples  8171 Ackroyd Road   604-270-9599  
Staples  110-2780 Sweden Way  604-303-7850  
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 1-855-701-7171
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 1-855-701-7171
Rona 7111 Elmbridge Way 604-273-4606
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 * 5400 72nd Street 604-873-7000
Husky Gas Station * 8011 No. 3 Road 604-270-3822
Husky Gas Station * 9060 Bridgeport Road 604-278-0011
Propane Tanks (Small) - Disposable
(empty)
City of Vancouver Landfill 5400 72nd Street 604-873-7000
Husky Gas Station * 8011 No. 3 Road 604-270-3822
Husky Gas Station * 9060 Bridgeport Road 604-278-0011
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 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
Richmond Return-It Depot  135-8171 Westminster Hwy      604-232-5555 
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 1-800-267-2231.
Tires SP DB Chariot Tire 404-4940 No. 6 Road 604-276-2966
Express Lube & Tune Centre 2840 No. 3 Road 604-278-1018
Island City Automotive 180-5400 Minoru Blvd  604-273-4023 
Kal Tire 2633 No. 5 Road 604-278-9181
Metro Tires Ltd. 12311 Mitchell Road 604-783-4435
Midas Auto & Tire Service 4660 No. 3 Rd 604-276-8558
OK Tire Store 5831 Minoru Blvd 604-278-5171
Redline Automotive Ltd. 11711 No. 5 Road Unit 1 604-277-4269
Roadrunners Dial A Tire Ltd. 11386 Railway Avenue 604-274-8473
Signature Mazda 13800 Smallwood Place 604-278-3185
Vancouver Landfill (passenger/light truck, with/without rims, limit of 10) 5400 72nd Street, Delta  604-873-7000 
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 Village Bikes 3891 Moncton Street 604-274-3865
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 7960 River Road 604-244-0008
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
Richmond Return-It Depot  135-8171 Westminster Highway      604-232-5555 
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
Regional Recycling 13300 Vulcan Way 1-855-701-7171
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.