New Changes For Belcarra's Recycle & Refuse Depot
Belcarra's Recycle & Refuse Depot has taken on a new look! The changes are in the form of new security cameras and restricted access to better serve Belcarra residents. As we move forward in meeting Metro Vancouverís Zero Waste Challenge goal to reduce landfill disposal by 70%, every opportunity to enhance recycling must be explored, and this webpage is intended to provide Belcarra residents with the information they require to do their part to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Metro Vancouver also offers a searchable database Ė called Metro Vancouver Recycles Ė to help find "green homes" for a wide range of materials.
Metro Vancouver also has a WeRecycle iPhone App to assist you.
Belcarra's Most Unwanted
For the most part, Belcarra's Recycle & Refuse Depot is a credit to the residents who respect its function and limit their drop-off materials to only those materials which are permitted. The Belcarra Recycle & Refuse Depot on occasion receives items which are not accepted at Metro Vancouver's waste transfer facilties. New regulations now prohibit throwing banned materials, hazardous wastes, food scraps, composting & yard trimmings, as well as recyclable materials into the garbage. Trucks dumping waste at the regionís waste transfer stations will be charged a 50% surcharge if the load contains more than 5% recyclable material. These regulations are intended to reduce solid waste going to our regionís landfills and increase recycling as part of Metro Vancouverís Zero Waste Challenge.
In addition, prohibiting the drop-off of some materials is directly related to both personal and environment health and safety hazards; for example, medical syringes used by diabetics. Taking care to drop-off only those items which are acceptable at the facility, and taking the care to appropriately sort household refuse, will continue to keep the facility as a cost effective way of disposing of household refuse.
DO NOT DROP-OFF large appliances such as hot water tanks, stoves, dish washers, refrigerators, etc., at the recycle & refuse facility. You can drop-off large appliances at the Wastech Transfer Station located at 1200 United Boulevard in Coquitlam which is open Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information contact 604-521-1715.
Recycling & Refuse At A Glance
Electronic household goods such as televisions, radios, tape recorders, CD players, computers, computer monitors, keyboards, scanners, printers and other computer periferals, fax machines, telephones, small kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toaster ovens, and small electric hand tools such as drills, saws, grinders and sanders.
Bagged or loose household garbage ONLY --- DO NOT DISPOSE banned materials, hazardous wastes, food scraps, composting & yard trimmings, or recyclable materials into the garbage compactor.
Clear bagged or loose, newsprint, magazines, flyers, catalogues, junk mail, cereal boxes, cardboard, corrugated cartons & boxes, milk cartons, telephone books, computer paper, office paper, and paper bags.
DO NOT DISPOSE styrofoam, recyclable materials or garbage in the paper compactor.
Clear bagged or loose, coloured or clear glass, milk jugs, bottles, shampoo & conditioners, aluminum cans, and metal cans. Soft plastic bags such as grocery bags, produce bags, and dry cleaning bags should be placed in the separate plastic bag bin.
DO NOT DISPOSE styrofoam, cardboard, paper or garbage in the recycle bin.
Salvation Army Recycling Centre
Home Electronics, clothing and other reusable items are given away free of charge to those in need via Salvation Army Family Services Centers and the balance is sold to the public at affordable prices through the Salvation Army Thrift Stores. The funds generated are used to help finance the numerous Salvation Army programs both locally and nationally.
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Through take-back programs, companies take back their products after consumers are finished with them, for recycling or safe disposal, keeping them out of the garbage and out of the landfills.
Take-back programs provide a safe, convenient, environmentally sound alternative to throwing things away.
What can you do to promote take-back programs in our region?
- Contact the Recycling Council of BC and find out the right way to recycle or dispose of products.
- Spread the word. Tell your neighbours, friends, school or work mates about the take-back programs.
- Write the B.C. Ministry of Environment. Tell them you like take-back programs and that you want more.
- Look for more take-back programs for more products in the future. There are other products under consideration for take-back programs.
Eco-fees on products
When you buy many products with a take-back program, youíll pay an eco-fee to cover the cost of recycling. Itís not a tax, meaning it doesnít go to the government. The eco-fee goes directly to the take-back program to pay for the cost of recycling or safe disposal. Eco-fees are adjusted regularly to reflect actual costs.
Recycling Links and Resources
- Appliances (Large): You can drop-off large appliances at the Wastech Transfer Station located at 1200 United Boulevard in Coquitlam, which is open Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information contact 604-521-1715.
- Appliances (Small): You can drop-off small appliances and power tools at ElectroRecyle drop-off locations. For a full list of depots and accepted products see www.electrorecycle.ca.
- Asphalt Shingles: Gemaco Sales Ltd. opened a Shingle Recycling Facility at Annacis Island Industrial Park in 2010. Contact: Terry Charles at 1-800-663-7574 or 250-859-1272.
- Automotive Fluids Disposal: Canadian Tire, 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam. Motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, brake fluid, oil filters and the empty containers. Visit Used Oil Recycling website or the B.C. Ministry of Environment used lubricating oil webpage for more information.
- Backyard Composting: Metro Vancouver's publication entitled Here's The Dirt: Backyard Composting.
- Beverage & Milk Containers: Includes all containers of ready-to-drink beverages like milk, juice, pop, water, iced tea, sport drinks, beer, wine, cooler and spirit containers. Most points-of-purchase accept returns of beverage containers (grocery store, liquor store, etc.) and Return-It depots accept all deposit containers. Visit the Return-It milk container and beverage container webpages for more information.
- Cell Phones: Visit RecycleMyCell.ca to find-out where to take unwanted cell phones, smartphones, pagers, wireless PDAs, external aircards, headsets, chargers, batteries and other accessories Ė regardless of brand or condition. There are numerous Recycle My Cell drop-off sites in the Tri-Cities area which include most retail stores that sell cell phones.
- Compact Flourescent Light (CFL) Bulbs: CFL light bulbs MUST NOT be disposed in the garbage compactor. Many retailers like the Canadian Tire (Port Coquitlam), Home Depot (Coquitlam & Port Coquitlam), London Drugs (Coquitlam), RONA (Coquitlam), and IKEA (Coquitlam) offer a free CFL bulb recycling service. The CFL light bulb recycle receptacle at the IKEA store is opposite their refunds and returns area in the store. The full list and their addresses are available at www.lightrecycle.ca.
- Residential Quantities of Construction Waste: The Coquitlam Transfer Station is located at 1200 United Boulevard in Coquitlam. For more information including hours of operation and accepted/restricted materials, visit the Metro Vancouver website, or call 604-681-5600. Note that separation of recyclable construction materials is encouraged, and that mixed Construction and Demolition (C&D) loads containing banned recyclable materials (e.g. clean wood) will be subject to surcharges at Coquitlam Transfer Station.
- Commercial Quantities of Construction Waste: Very large amounts of construction waste are accepted at privately operated facilities. There is a list of licenced material recovery facilities accepting Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste here: Metro Vancouver Licensed Solid Waste and Recyclable Material Facilities Accepting Construction and Demolition Waste
- Electronic Waste: For more information on BC's electronic waste recycling program, visit the B.C. Ministry of Environment electronics and electrical equipment product webpage or the Return-It electronics webpage.
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs: There are four collection sites for burnt-out consumer fluorescent light bulbs/tubes in Coquitlam, including Canadian Tire, London Drugs, and two RONA locations. The full list and their addresses are available at www.lightrecycle.ca. Both tube-type and compact fluorescent light bulbs also can be taken to NuLife Industries in Aldergrove; call (604) 857-5588 for details on disposal. You can also contact the Recycling Council of BC at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253) for further information.
- Household Hazardous Waste: Biggar Bottle Depot, 2577 Kingsway Avenue in Port Coquitlam. This depot takes items such as paint, pesticides, solvents, etc. For more information contact 604-945-3313, visit the B.C. Product Care website which contains links and locations to safe disposal sites throughout the Lower Mainland, or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline has staff on hand to answer your questions about safe disposal 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).
- Lead-Acid (Car) Batteries: For more information on BC's lead-acid battery program, and to find convenient drop-off sites near you, visit the B.C. Ministry of Environment lead-acid battery webpage or the Recycling Council of BC at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253). You can also drop-off lead-acid (car) batteries at the Wastech Transfer Station, 1200 United Boulevard in Coquitlam, which is open Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information contact 604-521-1715.
- Light Bulbs: There are four collection sites for burnt-out consumer light bulbs/tubes in Coquitlam, including Canadian Tire, London Drugs, and two RONA locations. The full list and their addresses are available at www.lightrecycle.ca.
- Lighting Fixtures: Lighting fixtures can be taken to the Coquitlam Return-It Depot (2554 Barnet Hwy.) and Lougheed Return-It Depot (1045A Lougheed Hwy.) while Happy Stanís Recycling Service at 1603 Langan Avenue in Port Coquitlam will accept lights, lamps, fixtures and ballasts from large volume commercial, retail and industrial generators.
- Mattresses: Metro Vancouver charges a $15 disposal fee on mattresses and box-springs that arrive at local transfer stations to help subsidize the costs of recycling them and to avoid clogging the landfill. Residents can avoid paying the full $15 Metro Vancouver fee by dropping-off a mattress directly at mattressrecycling.ca, donating them when possible (call the Recycling Council of BC at 604-RECYCLE or see metrovancouverrecycles.org) or by having a retailer take the old mattress back when buying a new one. You can drop-off matresses at the Wastech Transfer Station located at 1200 United Boulevard in Coquitlam, which is open Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information contact 604-521-1715.
- Medications & Needles: Products include: prescription drugs, non-prescription medicines like Aspirin, herbal products, mineral supplements, vitamin supplements and throat lozenges. For environmentally responsible disposal, expired or unused medicines and used medical injection needles can be returned to the Pharmasave pharmacy at 221 Ioco Road in Port Moody; contact 604-461-1541. For more information visit the Medications Return Program website or contact the Recycling Council of BC at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).
- Power Tools: You can drop-off power tools and small appliances at ElectroRecyle drop-off locations. For a full list of depots and accepted products see www.electrorecycle.ca.
- Propane Tanks: You can drop-off propane tanks at the Wastech Transfer Station, 1200 United Boulevard in Coquitlam, which is open Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information contact 604-521-1715.
- Rechargeable Batteries: Includes rechargeable batteries found in cordless power tools, cell phones, laptops, etc. Drop-off locations at many area stores. Visit Call To Recycle for complete list of locations, or contact the Recycling Council of BC at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).
- Reusable Furniture: Canadian Diabetes Association, contact 604-882-2511 for more information; or the Developmental Disabilities Association, contact 604-273-4332 for more information.
- Special Waste Materials: For specific information regarding special waste materials, contact the Recycling Council of BC at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).
- Styrofoam: A company called WCS Recycling runs what it calls a Red Bag Program –– also known as 'Recycling Beyond the Blue Box'. The 'Red Bag' can be loaded with Styrofoam, soft plastic wrap and bags, rigid plastic that is numbered 3, 6 or 7 and those gable-top containers used for milk, soup and soy. The 'Red Bag' is slightly larger than a regular garbage bag at 81cm wide by 109cm long and have to be dropped-off at the WCS Depot (1493 Dominion Street in North Vancouver) on Saturdays between 9 am to 1 pm at a cost of $6 for each drop. See website: wcsrecycling.com
- Vehicle Tires: Tire Stewardship BC is a not-for-profit organization formed to manage the scrap tire recycling program on behalf of tire retailers in the province. Most tire retailers will take back your used tires. Visit Tire Stewardship BC or the B.C. Ministry of Environment tire stewardship webpage for more information. You can also drop-off used tires at the Wastech Transfer Station, 1200 United Boulevard in Coquitlam, which is open Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information contact 604-521-1715.
- Worm Composting: Metro Vancouver's publication entitled Here's The Dirt: Worm Composting.
- Yard Waste (large quantities): The Coquitlam Construction and Garden Waste Facility is located at 1001 United Boulevard (West of King Edward Street) in Coquitlam, and is open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They accept: clean green or yard waste –– green branches, small stumps (max 10" diameter), grass clippings, weeds, tree prunings, and garden refuse. For more information visit the Wastech Services website, or call 604-526-6570.
More Recycle Information
For more information on the "Do's and Donot's" of recycling, please refer to the
Belcarra Recycle Guide (575Kb)
Call the Village Hall (604-937-4100) if you require further information.