GREEN INITIATIVE

“Please note, the Green Depot will be closed during BC Day long weekend (August 5-7).”

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
December 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
November 27, 2017

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

3:30 pm 5:30 pm: Green Depot
November 28, 2017 November 29, 2017

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

3:30 pm 5:30 pm: Green Depot
November 30, 2017 December 1, 2017 December 2, 2017 December 3, 2017

Category: Green Depot 10:00 am 3:00 pm: Green Depot

10:00 am 3:00 pm: Green Depot
December 4, 2017

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

3:30 pm 5:30 pm: Green Depot
December 5, 2017 December 6, 2017

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

3:30 pm 5:30 pm: Green Depot
December 7, 2017 December 8, 2017 December 9, 2017 December 10, 2017

Category: Green Depot 12:00 pm 3:00 pm: Green Depot

12:00 pm 3:00 pm: Green Depot
December 11, 2017

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

3:30 pm 5:30 pm: Green Depot
December 12, 2017 December 13, 2017

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

3:30 pm 5:30 pm: Green Depot
December 14, 2017 December 15, 2017 December 16, 2017

Category: Green Depot 1:00 pm 4:00 pm: Green Depot

1:00 pm 4:00 pm: Green Depot
December 17, 2017

Category: Green Depot 12:00 pm 3:00 pm: Green Depot

12:00 pm 3:00 pm: Green Depot
December 18, 2017

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

3:30 pm 5:30 pm: Green Depot
December 19, 2017 December 20, 2017

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

3:30 pm 5:30 pm: Green Depot
December 21, 2017 December 22, 2017 December 23, 2017 December 24, 2017
December 25, 2017 December 26, 2017 December 27, 2017 December 28, 2017 December 29, 2017 December 30, 2017 December 31, 2017

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.