GREEN INITIATIVE

“Please note, the Green Depot will be closed on February 12.”

UNA Green Depot

The UNA Green Depot is located at The Wesbrook Community Centre.

The UNA Green Depot provides free household items recycling service for UNA Residents, UBC Staffs, Faculty and Students

The Green Depot accepts e-waste, batteries, soft-plastics, smoke alarms, light bulbs. If you have any specific questions, please visit us in the Green Depot for more information.

*Please do not leave any items out the front of the Green Depot outside operating hours.

The Green Depot is run by local volunteers.

Please check the calendar below for business hours information.

Month Week Day
April 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
March 26, 2018

Category: Green Depot 3:30 pm 5:00 pm: Green Depot

3:30 pm 5:00 pm: Green Depot
March 27, 2018 March 28, 2018 March 29, 2018 March 30, 2018 March 31, 2018

Category: Green Depot 10:00 am 1:00 pm: Green Depot

10:00 am 1:00 pm: Green Depot
April 1, 2018
April 2, 2018 April 3, 2018 April 4, 2018 April 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 7, 2018

Category: Green Depot 12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot

12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot
April 8, 2018
April 9, 2018 April 10, 2018 April 11, 2018 April 12, 2018 April 13, 2018 April 14, 2018

Category: Green Depot 12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot

12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot
April 15, 2018
April 16, 2018 April 17, 2018 April 18, 2018 April 19, 2018 April 20, 2018 April 21, 2018

Category: Green Depot 12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot

12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot
April 22, 2018
April 23, 2018 April 24, 2018 April 25, 2018 April 26, 2018 April 27, 2018 April 28, 2018

Category: Green Depot 12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot

12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot
April 29, 2018
April 30, 2018 May 1, 2018 May 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5, 2018

Category: Green Depot 12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot

12:30 pm 3:30 pm: Green Depot
May 6, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

We are calling for Green Depot volunteers, please email Wegland Sit to learn about our volunteer program.

How to be more Sustainable at Home

Recycling Small Electronic (Batteries and Cell Phones)

Many electronic items can be accepted at the UNA Green Depot. However, small items, such as batteries and cell phones can also be dropped at The Old Barn Community Centre and UNA Office.

For items not on the accepted list, be sure to check out the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

Other Recycling, Composting and Garbage Tips

Organic Waste

The Metro Vancouver Organic Waste Ban has been gradually phased in since the beginning of 2015 and is expected to be fully enforced by early 2016. Organic waste (mainly food scraps) will no longer be permitted in the garbage as part of a Metro Vancouver disposal ban.

Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and recycling services are provided to UNA residents through their individual strata corporation or property management company. Please check with either your strata chair or property manager for scheduled pick-ups. Click here to download garbage and recycling signs in various languages. (Please note that these signs are generic signs provided by Metro Vancouver and may not exactly match recycling services provided in your strata or rental location).

Cooking Oil and Grease

Don’t pour cooking oil and grease down the drain! Click here to learn why.

To find locations for hard to recycle materials (e.g. paint, motor oil, compact fluorescent bulbs, etc.) be sure to use the Metro Vancouver Recycles and City of Vancouver Waste Wizard.

Neighbourhood Litter Containers

Attractive litter containers are located throughout the UNA community in public areas such as parks, beside bus stops, or along trails and walkways. These containers are intended for the deposit of small amounts of litter, such as empty coffee cups or other small pieces of trash produced by visitors or residents who are spending time in UNA public spaces. If you live in the UNA, consider carrying any litter home and, whenever possible, recycling it. Please do not deposit household waste in these litter containers. These containers are not intended to hold large amounts of waste and quickly fill up and overflow. This is not only unsightly, but it will attract animals such as rats, squirrels, and raccoons.

Useful Green Apps

BC Recyclepedia: Finding your closest recycling depot is now at the tips of your fingers with the new BC Recyclepedia smart phone App (Andriod & iOS).

WeRecycle: Makes it easier for you to donate or recycle just about anything within the Metro Vancouver region.

Tap Map: Quickly locate the closest public drinking fountains in Metro Vancouver

The Food Waste Problem

Households in the Metro Vancouver region generate about 190,000 tonnes of food waste every year. Over half of that, just over 100,000 tonnes, is food, liquid and dairy waste that could have been consumed. Reducing that waste is key to meeting Metro Vancouver’s waste diversion targets as well as our goal of a 10 per cent reduction in per capita waste by 2020.

Food waste adds about $700 a year to each household’s grocery bill, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Costs not factored into our research include inputs like the water, electricity, fertilizer, soil degradation and labour to produce the food as well as the fuel to transport that food to global markets.

Did you know in 2014 47% of Canadian food waste is generated from the consumer level? It means Canadian households are responsible for a significant amount of food waste that we produce every year. And here is how you can help to minimize our food waste problem.

  • Plan out your food purchase, check your inventory, do not over purchase which ends up producing unnecessary waste.
  • If you have a smaller family and purchase a large “family pack” food item, store unused portions in your freezer right away.
  • Don’t assume there is always advantage to buy in bulk. Excess quantity means unused food will be thrown away and so do money you tried to save when purchase in bulk.
  • Be smart about expiration dates.
  • Plan your meals and cook appropriate portions, there is no reason to cook for 8 while you are only serving a dinner for 6.
  • Consider bringing left-over food for lunch. Left-over food is a free and healthier choice compared to take out food.

We can minimize our food waste with a responsible and well thought out food management plan – saving your wallet and saving our environment. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign provides residents with simple steps they can take to use more of the food they purchase:

  1. Share Your Ideas
  2. Menus and Recipes
  3. Food Storage Tips

Disposing of Oil and Grease?

Pouring oil and grease down the drain can cause problems in residential and municipal pipes; it will eventually clog the system and lead to backflow problems. Metro Vancouver and municipalities in the Lower Mainland spend more than $2 million per year removing grease from the collection system, including grease clogs from city pipes -money that could be spent on public amenities.

Since most of us live in multi-family residential buildings, it is even more important for us to keep our pipes in good shape to avoid long-term maintenance expenses.

Here are few easy steps for you to follow:

  • Wipe up the oil or grease with newsprint or a paper towel, and use your organic waste bin to recycle it.
  • If you cannot absorb the oil or grease in few paper towels, collect your cooking oil in a small container, solidify it in a fridge overnight, and then dispose of it as regular garbage.
  • Large volumes of oil coming from deep fryers are messy and can create odours in any recycling or garbage bins. Put your oil in a container and take it to a recycling depot that collects cooking oil.

For more information please visit Metro Vancouver What to Do With Grease Page.