Vancouver Zero Waste Centre

COVID-19 update: recycling and disposal facilities

January 25, 2021:

Help ensure health, safety, and continued operations:

  • Visit our facilities ONLY if absolutely necessary; if you are unwell stay home
  • If you visit our facilities, wash your hands before and after your visit and keep 2 m (6 ft) away from staff and other guests
  • Defer spring cleaning to help prevent overloading residential waste collection and depot facilities  
  • Follow disposal guidelines for garbage and organic waste
  • Store bulky and recyclable items at home until the pandemic is over

Changes at our facilities:

  • Access is restricted to respect physical distancing so expect delays
  • Walk-ins must line up before entering the Zero Waste Centre and will be admitted by staff according to capacity limits
  • Suspended/cancelled:  
    • Landfill open house
    • Landfill tours
  • We are accepting new drywall again at the Vancouver South Transfer Station and Vancouver Landfill starting January 25
  • Compost is available for sale at the Vancouver Landfill
    • You must bring your own shovel and use one of the stations set up for self collection
    • Staff can help load customers who have trucks and trailers

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

Extended hours

The Zero Waste Centre is now open an extra hour every evening. Bring your recycling materials until 6pm every day of the week.

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What's happeningDonate your reusable shopping bags until April 18

Do you have a stack of reusable shopping bags at home that you don’t use? Rather than stuff them in a drawer or the back of your vehicle, bring them to us.

Between March 22 and April 18, residents can drop off their unwanted reusable shopping bags at the Zero Waste Centre as part of a Shopping Bag By-Law Support Plan pilot project. The pilot will explore options for collecting reusable shopping bags, ensuring they are clean, and making them available to residents with low incomes and people experiencing homelessness.

Donated bags must be:

  • Clean and dry
  • In good condition (no rips, tears, or stains)
  • Made of cloth or fabric
  • Large enough to carry groceries (at least 30 by 30 centimetres when laid flat)

Paper and single-use plastic shopping bags are not accepted as part of this donation stream.

The results of the pilot will help us decide whether we will host similar events in the future.

Examples of reusable shopping bags we will accept

Cotton reusable bag Nylon polyester  Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) reusable bag Woven and non-woven polypropylene​​​​​​​

If you have more than 50 bags to donate, email to arrange for drop-off in advance. This will help us avoid exceeding the storage capacity at the Zero Waste Centre.

 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

Hours of operation

Days Hours
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

Recycling drop-off at Zero Waste Centre is for residential customers only.

Bicycles and accessories


Cardboard (flattened)

Cell phones

Clothing and textiles (clean and dry)

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

Household batteries

Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, maximum 3)

Lawnmowers - electric, battery, or gas-powered (remove battery, drain gasoline and oil before recycling)

Lead acid car and truck batteries

Light ballasts

Metal containers (cans, tins, foil, empty aerosol cans excluding spray paint cans)

Other flexible plastic packaging 

Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)

Plastic bags and overwrap

Plastic containers (jars, jugs, bottles)

Power tools

Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)

Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable) 

Reusable shopping bags from March 22 to April 4 only (clean, dry with no rips or stains, min size 30 by 30 cm)

Scrap metal

Small appliances

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)

Food scraps

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

Flammable liquids


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:

  1. Sort your materials by product type before loading.
  2. Load your vehicle with free recyclables first.
  3. 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.