GFL Recycle Depot to Remain Open to June 14

Recycle BC has posted the following news release to their website:

Important Update: Changes to Squamish Recycling Depot Opening Dates

We want to inform Squamish residents about some important updates regarding the new depot collection site for residential packaging and paper. Unfortunately, there have been some delays in the opening dates that we previously communicated.

Due to delays with operational elements, Squamish DOX will not be able to open their new depot collection site on June 1, 2024, as originally planned. The team is diligently working to resolve these issues and is committed to starting operations at the earliest possible opportunity.

During this transitional period, the existing GFL depot on Queens Way will continue to provide service to residents until June 14, 2024. This extension ensures that residents can still recycle their residential packaging and paper without any interruptions. The GFL depot accepts glass, flexible plastics, and foam, which are not accepted curbside, and mixed containers and paper. Residents still have the option to visit London Drugs in the Garibaldi Village Shopping Centre to drop off flexible plastics and foam packaging (limit one small bag per visit).

In addition to the depot, residents can continue to use the curbside and multi-family collection programs for most residential packaging and paper products, such as newspaper, magazines, cardboard, steel and aluminum cans, rigid plastic containers, soup cartons, and paper beverage cups and lids. For more recycling info, download the Recycle BC app or visit RecycleBC.ca.

Recycle BC will continue to provide updates as they become available. Our goal is to ensure a smooth transition to the new depot collection sites and to provide the best possible service to the Squamish community.

Recycle BC thanks Squamish residents for their commitment to recycling and for their patience during this transition.

To search all depot locations visit RecycleBC.ca/Depots.

May 31, 2024

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  • Jodan Tchlak'kwa Jun 3, 2024, 6:43 PM (19 days ago)

    Until I received my Utilities bill from the Village, last week, I did not know you cannot stack paper cups, or plastic cups. I always thought consolidating them in their respective groups would be helpful to the sorters. Who Knew???

    Can the village and the recycling team please put together a comprehensive list telling what can go in the bins, and what cannot. And for the items that cannot (like kids plastic toys) where we should take them? Likewise, once we cut off the zippers from zip-lock bags, where do we put the zippers? In rigid plastic? We need sensible directions, with qualifications for those items that fall between the categories. We do not want to put them in the landfill. Those plastics can be reused - but we need to know where they go. ie: What constitutes soft plastic? Shopping bags, clean food wrap, crinkle bags, what else?

    Since almost everything can be recycled now, we need really definitive lists to follow - otherwise residents will get frustrated and either not recycle at all, or simply put everything in the bins, thus contaminating them. We are trying to avoid this. Thank you very much.

    • DOS Communications Jun 6, 2024, 3:52 PM (16 days ago)

      Hello Jordan,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We are happy to hear that you received and reviewed our mailout. We recognize that recycling can feel complicated and that we don’t always reach all residents with our outreach. It is great to read that you learned something new by reviewing the mailout.

      Tightly stacked paper or plastic cups are indeed problematic as that makes it harder to recover the materials for recycling. Please always keep materials loose, never stacked or in a bag.

      You can find a list of recyclable materials and instructions on what can go in each bin in our What Goes Where Guide: https://squamish.ca/assets/solid-waste/What-Goes-Where/WGW-Guide-updated-March-2024.pdf

      Another great resource is the Recycle BC material list: https://recyclebc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Recycle-BC-Material-List-2023-English.pdf

      To answer your questions on Flexible Plastics, this category includes plastic bags, stand-up and zipper lock pouches (no need to cut the zipper), crinkly wrappers and bags, and much more – it all can be dropped off at the Recycling Depot on Queens Way, which will soon move down the street or the Recycle Depot at the Squamish Landfill. A full list of materials that can go into that category with photo examples can be found here: https://recyclebc.ca/what-can-i-recycle/flexible-plastics/

      Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions!

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