Careless Recycling Can Kill

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.

Find a Location to Recycle or Dispose Safely

Find disposal locations with the Recycling Council of British Columbia‘s search tool

For more information, contact the Recycling Council of BC who can answer questions specific to your community through the Recyclepedia search, phone, text, chat, or email.

Hazardous Items

Hazardous items like these can cause serious harm to recycling staff and facilities. Ensure they don’t end up in your recycling bin:

  • Batteries
  • Propane canisters
  • Needles
  • Flammable liquids
  • Helium tanks
  • Knives
  • Cell phones and laptops (lithium-ion batteries)
  • Toys with batteries
  • Butane canisters
  • Bear spray
  • Ammunition
  • Flares
  • Electronics
  • Batteries for e-cigarettes
  • Lighters and matches
  • Household batteries
  • Paint
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.