Recycle BC and COVID-19

The safety of everyone involved with the Recycle BC program is paramount and this includes everyone who works in our collection and post-collection networks as well as the public at large. Health experts are recommending that people remain at home when possible and, as a result of the evolving COVID-19 situation, some of our collectors are choosing to alter their service offerings.

Some residential recycling collectors are suspending service or reducing service hours. Over the course of the coming weeks, this may mean depots that residents typically rely upon are closed or have reduced work hours. Curbside and multi-family dwelling service may also be interrupted or experience scheduling issues. We have asked all of our collectors to provide as much advance notice as possible for any service change; however, we recognize that the situation is unfolding quickly.

To ensure everyone has access to the latest information about recycling collection, we are asking all residents to download their local community’s waste collection apps. Local governments use these critical tools to communicate changes to recycling services.

For residents who are directly serviced by the Recycle BC program (see the communities list below), please download Recycle BC’s app. Like local governments, Recycle BC sends push notifications through this app whenever there is a disruption to recycling collection in a community.

Before heading to your local depot, please confirm with them that they remain open and that their hours have not changed. Should your area experience a suspension of collection services, please hold on to your materials. If the suspension affects curbside or multi-family dwelling service, please do not take your materials to your local depot, as these locations may also be experiencing changes/disruptions to their usual service and many do not have the capacity to absorb curbside volumes.

We are asking for everyone’s patience and understanding as each collector must do what they feel is right to protect their staff and the broader public, by instituting the response they feel is appropriate.

As much as possible, we want to ensure the health and safety of everyone who is part of our system. Below you will find a list of depot locations (by community) that have suspended their operations or altered their hours of operation.

We appreciate your understanding in the face of this exceptional situation.

Stay safe.

Recycle BC Direct Service Communities

Recycle Resources During COVID-19

Service Updates: Depot

1British ColumbiaLondon DrugsAll customer recycling services are suspended until further notice at all locations in BC
2100 Mile HouseGold Trail RecyclingNew hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8:30 am to 4 pm
3AbbotsfordAbbotsford Bottle DepotRe-opened: Monday-Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, closed Sunday
4AbbotsfordR&T Recyclables & Bottle DepotRe-opened: Monday-Saturday 9:30 am to 4 pm
5AbbotsfordAbbotsford Mission Recycling DepotResumed collection of white foam packaging
6AldergroveAldergrove Return-It DepotRe-opened: Monday-Saturday 9 am to 4 pm, closed Sunday and holidays
7ArmstrongArmstrong Bottle DepotRe-opened: Monday-Saturday 9:30 am to 4 pm, closed Sunday and stat holidays
8BurnabyMetrotown Return-It CentreNew hours: Monday-Sunday 10 am to 3:30pm
9BurnabyEdmonds Return-It DepotNew hours: Monday-Sunday 10 am to 3:30 pm
10BurnabyKensington Square Return-It CentreNew hours: Monday-Sunday 11 am to 5pm

Service Updates: Curbside

1Village of Alert BayCurbside service has been fully resumed effective May 19