Vancouver South Recycling Depot

The Vancouver South Recycling Depot provides a convenient location for residents to drop off a wide range of recyclable materials, free of charge, including materials:

  • Requiring special handling to protect the environment, such as batteries and propane tanks
  • In larger quantities than your curbside bins can hold, particularly if you are moving or doing seasonal cleaning

Recycling depot location

 Caution: You must enter from the east. Left turns are not permitted by vehicles arriving from the west.


377 West Kent Avenue North
Vancouver, BC, V5X 2X1

Hours of operation

Days Hours
Monday to Friday 5:30am to 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Christmas Day and New Year's Day Closed
All other statutory holidays unless otherwise noted 6:00am to 4:00pm

The Recycling Depot is moving and changing its name

Vancouver Zero Waste Centre locationOn January 23, 2018, the Recycling Depot will be moving to a new location at 8588 Yukon Street (just around the corner from its current location). The depot will be renamed the Vancouver Zero Waste Centre. 

We will be accepting a number of new recyclables and will offer users an improved location to drop-off items for reuse and recycling.

New items to be accepted include:

  • Cooking oil
  • Electronics
  • Bicycles
  • Small appliances
  • Power tools
  • Light fixtures

More details on the move will be provided in January 2018.

Materials accepted for free recycling

​ Books 

​ Cardboard (flattened)

 Cell phones

​ Clothing

​ Foam packaging (no foam peanuts)

​ Glass bottles and jars

 Household batteries

​ Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, maximum 3)

​ Lead acid car and truck batteries

​ Metal containers (cans, tins, foil, empty aerosol cans excluding spray paint cans)

​ Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)

​ Plastic bags and overwrap

​ Plastic containers (jars, jugs, bottles)

​ Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)

​ Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable) 

​ Scrap metal 

​ Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

​ Thermostats

Materials accepted at other locations

The following materials are not accepted here. They are included in take-back programs and accepted at designated drop-off locations. Use the Waste Wizard to find drop-off locations.

 Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers

Broken televisions and computer monitors

Flammable liquids

Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes


Paint and empty paint cans



Used oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers

Preparing items for drop-off

If you are dropping off materials accepted for free at the recycling depot and materials accepted for a fee at the transfer station, we recommend you:

  1. Sort your materials by product type before loading.
  2. Load your vehicle with garbage and recyclable items requiring a fee first.
  3. Load free recyclables next so they can be dropped off first at the recycling depot before you go to the transfer station scale for disposal.