The depot is open:

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM

​Please DO NOT come to the depot if: you have been out of the country in the last fourteen days or if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 including fever, shortness of breath, or a cough.


Respect social distancing of 2 m between yourself and depot staff members.


We will collect your recyclables from your vehicle. If possible, please have your recycling pre-sorted into individual paper or plastic bags to make it easier for us to process.​

NOTE - There will be no handling of recyclables by any of the staff.


1. Try to store your recycling at home for longer than you usually do so that you can reduce the number of trips to the depot. This will reduce traffic and take the strain off reduced capacity.
2. Pre-sort your recyclables at home into the following categories:
glass packaging; steel and aluminum; paper and cardboard; crinkly plastic; soft plastic bags; plastic containers; styrofoam; milk/soup cartons/coffee cups; and refundables.
We are still accepting all items that we normally do, including: paint, batteries, light bulbs, small and large appliances, and non-packaging plastic. 
3. Only nine households may recycle at a time, there are designated spots for recycling.
4. Non-deposit recycling is collected indoors and refundables are collected outdoors. Tin cans are the only exception, they are at the back of the barn by the can crusher.  

The FreeStore and ReShop are open. There are several rules in place to keep shoppers safe: park in the scrap metal area, wear a mask, sanitize your hands upon entry, maintain a distance of 6' from the other shoppers, and follow the arrows on the floor. Please ask staff before dropping off any items for donation. They must be quarantined before we can put them in the store.

You can keep your membership up to date by renewing on-line through this website. Select the red "PIRS Membership" button at the top of this page. Cash, card or cheque payments are accepted at the depot.

Please check this website, our Facebook page or our voicemail regularly for updates.

Thank you for your patience! We value your time and your dedication to recycling. 

With warmth,

Depot staff and PIRS Board of Directors

Encouraging you to


REuse & 


Recycling Depot Hours

October through May

Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10 am - 3 pm

June through September

Thurs, Fri, Sat: 9 am - 4 pm

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For detailed information about the items that CAN BE RECYCLED at the Pender Island Recycling Depot and how to prepare them for drop off, please click on a category headings below (in alphabetical order).

Since 1989, PIRS has diverted over eight MILLION pounds of recyclables from landfills.

Thank you Pender Islands residents.

8 million lbs!

Sort recyclables at home first.

Save yourself a ton of time by sorting your recyclables at home before bringing them to the Recycling Depot.

Here is the FULL LIST of items you CAN Recycle at the Pender Island Recycling Depot