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Vancouver Zero Waste Centre opens with more reuse and recycling options for residents

March 1 2018 Electronics, small appliances, power tools and more now accepted

“Our new Zero Waste Centre offers residents a better facility with more space and easier access to drop off their recyclable materials,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Zero Waste Centre

Starting this March, more items than ever can be dropped off for reuse and recycling at a new Zero Waste Centre in Vancouver.

The new Zero Waste Centre, located at 8588 Yukon Street, will replace the old Recycling Depot that had been located at the Vancouver South Transfer Station.

“Our new Zero Waste Centre offers residents a better facility with more space and easier access to drop off their recyclable materials,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’ve also expanded the list of items we can accept from residents to include cooking oils, electronic items, small tools and even bicycles that can be refurbished. Vancouver is leading Canadian cities in going green, and that includes the efforts of many Vancouverites to recycle. Our new Zero Waste Centre will help us become the world’s greenest city by making it easier — and in many cases, free — for residents to do their part and recycle or reuse more materials than ever before.”

The increased space and flexible site layout of the new Zero Waste Centre also allows the City to add to the list of accepted items for reuse and recycling as opportunities arise in the future.

The Recycling Depot has closed 

With the opening of the Zero Waste Centre the old Recycling Depot has been closed permanently. The relocation of the Recycling Depot was announced October 19, 2016 in coordination with improvements to the Vancouver South Transfer Station. Cost of construction for the Zero Waste Centre was approximately $2 million.

Recycling and disposal options for residents

Zero Waste Centre
(No charge)
Transfer Station
(Fees apply)
Not accepted
  • Bicycles and accessories (new)
  • Books
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Cell phones
  • Clothing + textiles
  • Cooking oil (new) -10 L max per day per resident
  • Electronics (new)
  • 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)
  • Power tools (new)
  • Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)
  • Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable)
  • Scrap metal
  • Small appliances (new)
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Thermostats
  • Garbage
  • Food Scraps
  • Mattresses
  • New drywall
  • Wood waste (finished and clean)
  • Yard Trimmings
  • Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers
  • Broken televisions and computer monitors
  • Flammable liquids
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
  • Medications
  • Paint and empty paint cans
  • Pesticides
  • Tires
  • Used motor oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers

Locations where these materials can be properly disposed can be found using the Waste Wizard.

Hours and location

Hours of operation for the Zero Waste Centre are Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm and are aligned with other facilities throughout Metro Vancouver.

The Zero Waste Centre is for reuse and recycling only; residents are asked to plan in advance if they have garbage and to travel first to the Transfer Station along W Kent Avenue North as they do now and then to the Zero Waste Centre.

Left turns off of W Kent Avenue North into the Transfer Station will continue to be restricted and left turns off Yukon into the Zero Waste Centre will not be allowed.

Drop off garbage, mattresses and yard trimmings at the Transfer Station first and then recyclables at the Zero Waste Centre second.

Learn more about the Vancouver Zero Waste Centre.