Waste Diversion


Keeping waste out of the municipal landfill

There’s no “away” when we throw garbage into a can or waste bin. Trash goes into out landfill, where it decomposes – sending methane, carbon dioxide and toxins into our air, soil and water.

Waste diversion is a general term that means keeping waste out of the municipal landfill. Diversion follows the priority of the 5R’s, which outlines that ‘Reduce’ is more effective than ‘Reuse’, which is more effective than ‘Recycle’. Recycling costs energy and money, and doesn’t address the issue of over-consumption.

REDUCE waste by not generating in the first place. Buy in bulk, rent, repair, shop at second hand stores etc.

REUSE materials. Use glass jars for storing bulk food or construction materials like nails. Take used construction materials to Squamish ReBuild.

RECYCLE, to make a new product out of used materials, compost out of yard waste, boxboard out of cardboard etc.

RECOVER, to use a material to make a product of some value. We chip our construction waste and burn it at Port Mellon to generate power, instead of burning natural gas.

RESIDUAL, the last step, is landfilling waste that cannot be dealt with by the other 4 Rs.

What Goes Where

Download a detailed Squamish Recycling Chart. 

Wondering where to take items for recycling? There's a free app for that!
"The BC Recyclepedia App" is a quick and simple tool developed by the Recycling Council of British Columbia to find recycling options for over 70 materials or products across BC. Select the material you want to recycle for a list of the 10 nearest depots based on your phone’s location.

BCRecyclepedia Google Play website
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  • Fridges, freezers, air conditioners – must go to the landfill depot to remove ozone depleting substances, then it is recycled as steel.
  • Other household appliances that are mostly steel – Landfill or ASM Metals (Allied Steel) for free (note: dishwashers are NOT steel).
  • Small appliances (microwaves, vacuums, hair dryers etc.) - Carney’s Recycle Centre, 38950 Queensway – free. www.electrorecycle.ca


  • Oil filters, used oil, or bottles – return to place of purchase or visit usedoilrecycling.com for more options.
  • Lead/Acid Batteries – landfill depot or Carney’s Recycle Depot.
  • Auto bodies or parts – Harolds Auto or ASM Metals (Allied Steel)


  • Household batteries can be recycled at City Hall or at the Adventure Centre, as well as other locations throughout Squamish, as listed here
  • Quantity must be able to fit inside the box provided. If your quantity exceeds the space available in the box, please ask staff to bring out an extra box. Please don't leave your own bags or boxes in the lobby.
  • Rechargeable batteries MUST be individually bagged. Bags are available on site.

Only the following types of consumer batteries weighing less than 5kg are acceptable:

  • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
  • Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)
  • Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)
  • Lithium Primary
  • Alkaline (AA, AAA, 9V, etc.)
  • Cell phones and their batteries
  • Dry cell/non-spillable small block batteries

Beverage Containers

Return refundable beverage containers to retail outlets or to Encorp Bottle Depot. Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, “tetrapacks”, and wine boxes can be returned. Beer bottles returned to retail outlets are refilled up to 15 times.


DDA (Developmental Disabilities Association) boxes, second hand stores, book sales


Carney's depot or find a location near you at Call2Recycle.ca


Clothing recycling boxes/bins, Pearl's 2nds, St Joseph's Thrift Shop, Consignment Stores.

Worn or damaged clothing and bedding can be put in the clothing/textile recycling bins around Squamish for recycling.

Construction Materials

  • Reuseable lumber can be taken for free to Squamish ReBuild, behind the Husky on Government Road.
  • Clean lumber or land clearing,  no ply or particle board,  free of paint, plastics or other coating, some nails are okay – can be taken to the landfill depot and will be processed at the Whistler composter - $65/tonne.
  • Dirty wood – plywood, painted, coated, wooden furniture – can be taken to the landfill depot and will be chipped and transported to Port Mellon for recovery in generating power for the mill - $85/tonne.
  • Railway ties can be brought to Squamish ReBuild
  • Otherwise, wood that is treated with creosote or wood preservative must be put in the landfill, or garbage tote.
  • Other construction materials can be sorted and recycled – paper and cardboard, plastics, metals, landscaping.
  • Drywall post-1984 must go to the landfill for recycling. 
  • Drywall pre-1984 is considered hazardous waste due to Asbestos and is not recyclable and will not be accepted at the landfill. Call a Hazardous Waste service to dispose of it, more information here.
  • Concrete (with and without rebar) can be brought to Cardinal Concrete for recycling. 
  • Small pieces of bricks and asphalt (basketball size) can go to the landfill depot for reuse as road building material.
  • Squamish ReBuild accepts and sells any building supplies that will be of value to others.


  • Computers, stereos, vehicle audio, TVs and cables can be taken to the Encorp Bottle Depot for recycling. For a complete list of what can be recycled visit here
  • Computers can go to HotSpot for refurbishment and re-use


  • Refundable bottles can be returned to the beverage store or Encorp Bottle Depot;
  • All other glass can be recycled at Carney's Recycle Centre or the landfill. The crushed glass is reused as aggregate for road building within the landfill. This saves the environmental and dollar cost of buying aggregate for road building.

Household hazardous waste

Paints, solvents, gas, pesticides etc. at Carney’s Queensway Recycle Depot.


  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (small) - Return to RONA or London Drugs
  • Tubes - Return to RONA or London Drugs


Take your mattress (including foam core and futons) to the landfill for the minimum landfill fee of $15. From there it will be taken to Canadian Mattress Recycling for recycling.

Medicine & Needles

Return for pharmacy for safe disposal, never put these items in the garbage or recycling containers.


Steel, aluminum, copper, cast iron -- Take to the landfill depot or ASM Metals (Allied Steel).


  • Household food waste can go into your organics tote or to Carney’s Queensway depot or the landfill recycling depot.
  • Yard waste can go into your organics tote or landfill recycling depot.

Paper & Cardboard

Co-mingled residential collection tote, Carney's Queensway depot or the landfill depot.

Plastic Bags and Overwrap

Accepted at Carney’s Recycling Center, London Drugs and the Squamish Landfill:

  • Plastic Bags for groceries, dry cleaning, bread, newspapers and flyers
  • Bags for produce, pre-washed salad, dry bulk foods and frozen vegetables
  • Overwrap on mattresses, furniture and electronic equipment from households
  • Outer bags and wrap for diaper and feminine hygiene products, paper towels, tissues and soft drink can flats
  • Bags for water softener salt, wood pellets and garden products in households

Not accepted (goes in garbage):

  • Crinkly cellophane wrap, e.g. for tea, floral arrangements etc.
  • Kitchen stretch wrap or plastic wrap for meat, poultry, fish, cheese etc
  • Zipper-lock bags, snack bags
  • Plastic shipping envelopes, bubble packaging
  • Plastic bags labeled biodegradable or compostable
  • Multi-layer, laminated plastic packaging (e.g. for bacon, deli meats, cheese slices etc)
  • Lumber or construction wrap
  • Garbage bags (any colour)

Plastics #1-#5

Co-mingled residental collection tote, Carney's depot or the landfill depot. 

Power Tools

Residential food scraps

  • Residential food scraps can go into your organics tote or taken to the Carney’s Depot on Queensway or to the Landfill Depot, for free.
  • Food scraps from home cannot be taken to the CAN community gardens; it is intended for gardening material only.
  • If you live in an apartment or condo you can arrange with a private company to collect your material and transport it for composting or you can self-haul to one of the depots.

Smoke & CO Alarms


  • Nesters Market will take small amounts of Styrofoam for recycling (both food trays and packaging).
  • Styrofoam can be recycled at the landfill depot and Carney's Waste Depot on Queensway free of charge.
  • Many retailers will take back packaging, including Styrofoam that they sell.


  • Vehicle: Your tire retailer will take back and recycle tires when you buy new ones.
  • Vehicle: The landfill depot will also accepts passenger and light truck tires for a fee.
  • Bike: Bike Tires and Tubes can be dropped off for recycling at both Corsa Cycles and Republic Bicycles.
  • Bike Tire Rims are accepted for recycling at ASM Squamish Scrap Metal.


See Construction Materials above.



Squamish ReBuild

We accept & sell:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Sinks
  • Tubs
  • Light fixtures
  • Lumber
  • Flooring
  • Pavers
  • Toilets
  • Tools
  • Hardware
  • Kitchen & Bath cabinets
  • Reusable lumber

Located at 40350A Government Rd (between Burger King & Greg Gardner GM through the gate beside Howe Sound Equipment).

Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact 604.567.5551