Recycling Collection

The following types of packaging and paper products are accepted for in the curbside recycling totes on behalf of Recycle BC:

  • Newspaper
  • Paper, magazines and phone books
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Steel and aluminum cans
  • Rigid plastic containers
  • Milk jugs and cartons
  • Tetra paks
  • Envelopes, window envelopes
  • Computer and writing paper
  • Hot and cold beverage cups (paper) and lids

To ensure collection, please ensure only acceptable material is in your tote.

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For a complete list, check out the Waste Wizard below or visit RecycleBC for a list of materials. Recycle BC’s list includes resources in English, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean and Punjabi.

What DOES NOT go in recycling totes?

Non-packaging material and hazardous material are not accepted in the curbside recycling. This includes:

  • Glass and ceramics
  • Plastic Bags and Overwrap
  • Books
  • Styrofoam
  • Straws
  • Needles
  • Diapers
  • Animal waste
  • Light bulbs, crystal glass
  • Construction or renovation materials
  • Paint cans or motor oil containers
  • Medical waste
  • Toxic waste (pesticides, etc.)
  • Padded envelopes

If it doesn't go in the tote, where does it go?

Glass

Refundable bottles:

Return to Squamish Bottle Depot
38297 Queens Way #15
604.815.4699
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Glass and non-refundable bottles:

Queens Way Recycling Depot
38950 Queens Way
604-892-5604
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Squamish Landfill - Recycling Area
Landfill Road
604-898-5635
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Plastic bags

Queens Way Recycling Depot
38950 Queens Way
604-892-5604
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Squamish Landfill - Recycling Area
Landfill Road
604-898-5635
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London Drugs
40282 Glenalder Place
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Nesters Market
1200 Hunter Place
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Walmart
39210 Discovery Way
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Flexible Packaging

Queens Way Recycling Depot
38950 Queens Way
604-892-5604
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London Drugs
40282 Glenalder Place
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For a detailed list of flexible packaging materials, visit recyclebc.ca/flexiblepackaging

Foam packaging

Queens Way Recycling Depot
38950 Queens Way
604-892-5604
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Squamish Landfill - Recycling Area
Landfill Road
604-898-5635
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London Drugs
40282 Glenalder Place
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Other products and items

A list of depots and the material they accept is available in the What Goes Where Guide.

As part of the recycling collection service, totes are regularly inspected to check for contamination. If contamination is present in your tote, you may receive a ‘Curbside Tune Up’ tag letting you know about the contamination. 

Download the full What Goes Where Guide.

 


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Tips for proper recycling

  • Do not bundle, bag or otherwise contain your recyclables, with the exception of shredded paper (contain in a separate paper bag within the tote).
  • Recycling left beside the tote will not be collected, and could prevent your full tote from being collected.
  • Do not put containers in other containers
  • Clean and rinse all containers.
  • Remove the lids from containers and put them loose in your recycle tote.
  • Glass, styrofoam, plastic bags and overwrap/film are not part of the curbside recycling program. Look at the Waste Wizard for a list of drop-off locations.
  • Glass bottles and other beverage containers that can be returned for a refund can be taken to the Squamish Bottle Depot.
  • All recycling must fit into the cart with the lid closed.

Tote safety tip:  If you need to reach into your tote for any reason, please ensure that  the tote will not roll away from you and that the lid is opened fully.

What is Contamination and Why is it a Problem?

Contamination can lead to acceptable recycling having to be landfiled and to hazards for recycling depot workers and sorting equipment.

What is recycling contamination?

Curbside Collection FAQ

Check out our Curbside Collection Frequently Asked Questions page.

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