September 4, 2020 News, Sustainability Tips

Due to concerns surrounding Covid-19, the Green Depot has been closed since March 16. We are currently working on ways to safely re-open our facility to serve the community and help divert landfill waste.

You might be thinking – how do I responsibly dispose my household waste and pass on my unwanted items and continue my low waste journey, if the Green Depot isn’t open?

Never fear! There are still options that, while they aren’t quite as close to home as the depot, are still free and easy to access.
Firstly, have you heard about Waste Wizard? Waste Wizard is an online tool, developed by the City of Vancouver, that takes all the guess work out of figuring out what to do with your waste and unwanted items!

While there are a few options when it comes to disposing of your waste, the most convenient one-stop-shop(s), is in South Vancouver, where you can find the Vancouver Zero Waste Centre, the South Vancouver Transfer Station, and the South Vancouver Bottle Depot, all within a one block radius. Travel time from UBC is only 20 minutes by car!

Due to Covid-19, the Vancouver Zero Waste Centre and Transfer Station are only accepting entry by vehicle.

UNA Waste Management 
Waste in the UNA is managed differently than in municipalities. All waste coming from residential buildings is managed independently by the building or property managers. While every waste disposal company can have their own specific sorting requirements, there is a list of banned materials (food waste is one!) that is not permitted (including the UNA).

Vancouver Zero Waste Centre

Materials accepted for free recycling

  • Bicycles and accessories
  • Books
  • Cardboard
  • Cell phones
  • Cooking oil
  • Electronics
  • Cellphones
  • Small household appliances
  • Large household appliances
  • Power tools
  • Smoke and CO alarms
  • Thermostats​
  • Lightbulbs and tubes
  • Styrofoam packaging
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Batteries (Household, lead acid car and truck)
  • Light ballasts
  • Metal containers (excluding spray paint cans)
  • Paper containers
  • Plastic containers
  • Flexible Packaging
  • Propane tanks
  • Scrap Metal

Are you planning a recycling run at the Vancouver Zero Waste Centre? Why not ask your neighbours if they have anything they need to recycle? There is no extra cost for adding items, saves on vehicle emissions, and can really help our those who don’t have access to a vehicle or are unable to make the trip.

Vancouver Transfer Station

Materials accepted for a fee

  • Mattresses and box springs
  • New drywall
  • Yard Waste
  • Wood
  • Oversized items

South Vancouver Bottle Depot

Materials accepted for a fee

  • Beverage containers
  • Paint
  • Household hazardous waste
    • Antifreeze and containers
    • Flammable liquids
    • Pesticides
  • Lightbulbs
  • Electronics
  • Smoke and CO Alarms
  • Clothing

Encorp is now offering Express bottle returns – All you have to do is drop off your bag of recyclables (no sorting and waiting in line!).You get to decide if you want to donate the deposit to charity, or receive it in the form of a cheque or gift card.

Where do I take my used, wearable clothing?

A Reminder – these items are banned from household garbage disposal

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