Find a disposal location with RCBC‘s search tool below or call the BC Recycling Hotline (604-732-9253 in the Lower Mainland or toll-free across BC at 1-800-667-4321) for responsible disposal options of problem items.
Putting explosive and hazardous materials in your recycling bin is dangerous and can have life-threatening implications. BC’s major recycling collectors and processors have seen an increase in fires, with several of them having endangered lives and forced the closure of facilities. Dispose of hazardous items properly – use the search tool below.
Hazardous items like these can cause serious harm to recycling staff and facilities. Ensure they don’t end up in your recycling bin:
Cell phones and laptops (lithium-ion batteries)
Toys with batteries
Batteries for e-cigarettes
Lighters and matches
WHY IS THERE SUCH A RISK?
The risk for fires or explosions is especially high for material collection vehicles and receiving facilities due to the presence of significant amounts of paper. The combination of easily flammable material, the type of machinery used, plenty of oxygen and large amounts of material sorted into piles where sparks can smolder for lengthy periods of time undetected makes the presence of hazardous material especially precarious.
Don’t fuel the danger. Help us prevent any further tragedies by keeping hazardous waste out of your curbside bin. Together, we can make a difference.