The Vancouver Zero Waste Centre (formerly the Recycling Depot) provides a convenient location for residents to drop off a wide range of materials for reuse and recycling, free of charge, including materials:
- Requiring special handling to protect the environment, such as batteries and propane tanks
- In larger quantities than your curbside bins can hold, particularly if you are moving or doing seasonal cleaning
The Zero Waste Centre is now open an extra hour every evening. Bring your recycling materials until 6pm every day of the week.
Caution: Drop off garbage at the Transfer Station before dropping off recycling at the Zero Waste Centre due to left turn restrictions on Kent Ave North.
8588 Yukon Street
|Monday to Saturday||8am to 6pm|
|Sunday||9am to 6pm|
|Christmas Day and New Year's Day||Closed|
|All other statutory holidays unless otherwise noted||9am to 4pm|
Materials accepted for free recycling
Important information Recycling drop-off at Zero Waste Centre is for residential customers only.
Bicycles and accessories
Clothing and textiles - not accepted at this time
Cooking oil (maximum 10L per day per resident)
Fire extinguishers (maximum 2 per day per resident)
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
Foam packaging (Styrofoam) - no foam peanuts
Glass bottles and jars
Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, maximum 3)
Lawnmowers - electric, battery, or gas-powered (drain gasoline and oil before recycling)
Lead acid car and truck batteries
Metal containers (cans, tins, foil, empty aerosol cans excluding spray paint cans)
Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)
Plastic bags and overwrap
Plastic containers (jars, jugs, bottles)
Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)
Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable)
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Materials accepted at the Transfer Station
Fees apply to the following materials accepted for recycling at the Transfer Station. Some materials have volume restrictions.
Mattresses and box springs
New drywall (gypsum)
Yard trimmings and unfinished wood waste
Materials accepted at other locations
The following materials are not accepted here. They are included in take-back programs and accepted at designated drop-off locations. Use the Waste Wizard to find drop-off locations.
Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers
Broken televisions and computer monitors
Paint and empty paint cans
Used oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers
Preparing items for drop-off
If you are dropping off materials accepted for free at the Zero Waste Centre and materials accepted for a fee at the Transfer Station, we recommend you:
- Sort your materials by product type before loading.
- Load your vehicle with free recyclables first.
- Load garbage and recyclable items requiring a fee next so they can be dropped off first at the Transfer Station before you go to the Zero Waste Centre for recycling.