Recyclables We Accept At Pender Island Recycling Depot
For detailed information about the recyclables we accept at the Pender Island Recycling Depot, including how to prepare them for drop-off, see below.
(listed in alphabetical order).
We accept refundable aluminum cans from pop, juice, beer, and cider, as well as bi-metal cans from coconut water and tomato juice (bi-metal cans are made of steel and are collected separately from aluminum cans).
Please rinse clean.
Appliances - Large
We accept fridges, freezers, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, hot water tanks, and furnaces. Please remove insulation wrapped around non-operational dishwashers before dropping off.
All large appliances are subject to a $25 drop-off fee.
Working appliances are periodically available in our ReShop and can be acquired for a small donation.
We cannot accept toilets (see Options for Other Types of Recyclables).
Appliances - Small Appliances & Power Tools
We are an authorized collection depot for BC's Small Appliance and Power Tool Recycling Program. Items must be designated for residential use only and includes both corded and battery powered items. Accepted appliances include those used for: kitchen counter items like toasters; time and weight measurement devices; garment care appliances; air treatment devices; floor care; personal care; sports and leisure; and tools.
For a complete list of the small appliance and power tool products that we can accept at the Pender Island Recycling Depot visit electrorecycle.ca.
There is no charge to drop off any of these items.
Batteries & Cellphones
We accept household batteries including: Alkaline (AA, AAA, 9V, etc.), Nickel Cadmium (Ni-CD), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and Nickel Zinc (Ni-ZN) batteries, which can be dropped off in our collection container.
We also accept Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) and Lithium Primary batteries but these MUST be placed in individual, clear plastic bags before being placed in the collection container. This is to minimize the risk of the these types of batteries catching fire. Plastic bags for these batteries are available at the recycling depot.
Visit Call2Recycle for more information.
We also accept car, truck, and marine batteries. Please see staff for assistance.
We also accept cellphones.
We cannot accept batteries that have leaked or are corroded.
Books are not currently recyclable. We offer some books for re-use in our FreeStore. Please ask a staff member for assistance before placing donating any books.
Books must be clean, dry, and in good condition.
We cannot accept: text books, encyclopedias, Readers Digest books, library books, free government books, and Time Life books.
For magazines, please see paper.
We accept corrugated cardboard, brown paper, and boxboard. Boxboard includes pizza boxes, cereal and cracker boxes, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, and other packaging boxes. Please remove all food and food liners from boxes.
We accept cardboard egg cartons for reuse or recycling. If they are stained with egg residue, please recycle them rather than offer them for re-use.
Paper bags with a plastic film layer (e.g., for pet food, flour, etc.) are not recyclable.
Large pieces of cardboard should be cut or folded to a maximum size of 3' x 4'. Cardboard should be CLEAN, DRY, and free of duct tape.
Waxed cardboard is not accepted (e.g., banana boxes).
We accept computers, monitors, computer accessories, printers, fax machines, TVs, stereos, DVD and VCR players, telephones, answering machines, electric toys, and other electronics. We also accept DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and cassette tapes and the cases they were purchased in. Visit return-it.ca to see a complete list of electronics we can accept .
There is no charge to drop off electronics.
We accept glass packaging for items such as spaghetti sauce and jam. These containers have no deposit and are collected separately from juice bottles.
Canning jars are collected separately for re-use and are often available in our FreeStore. Please check with staff if you have some that you would like to donate.
Glass products should be clean and dry with lids removed.
We CANNOT accept ceramics or Pyrex products, or glass that is not packaging (e.g., drinking glasses, vases, or glass panes).
For ideas about how to dispose of other types of glass please see Options for Other Types of Recyclables.
Beverage Bottles & Wine Boxes
We accept all sizes of plastic pop, juice, or water bottles; plastic liquor bottles; glass pop, juice or water bottles; and glass wine, beer, and liquor bottles; as well as wine boxes.
Wine bottles ($2.00/box of 12) for making homemade wine are available in our ReShop.
Other plastic bottles (such as for salad dressing) are accepted separately with plastic packaging containers.
Please rinse bottles clean to help keep pests (especially wasps) away. This is crucial to helping reduce the wasp population at the depot.
Plastic lids can stay on plastic bottles, metal lids should be recycled with metal packaging.
Wine boxes do not need to be flattened.
Steel and Aluminum Cans; Tin Foil; Cardboard Wound Containers; Household Aerosol
Steel cans and lids, aluminum cans and lids, aluminum foil, and cardboard wound cardboard containers with metal bottoms (e.g., frozen juice concentrate, coffee, nuts, etc.) are all collected together.
Coffee bags or other bags that look like aluminum foil, but are actually plastic, belong in the Other Flexible Plastic Packaging category (OFPP, also known as Crinkly Plastics). To determine whether an item is foil OR OFPP, simply scrunch it in your hand. If it maintains its shape, it belongs with foil. If it does not, it belongs with Crinkly Plastics.
Aerosol cans for everyday household products, such as shaving foam, whipped cream, etc., have their own collection bin near the tin cans.
Pop, beer and bi-metal cans are accepted separately in our refundable aluminum and bi-metal beverage collection containers.
Plastic lids are collected separately in the plastic packaging bins.
Cans should be clean and dry.
Juice Boxes and Cartons
We accept all sizes of juice boxes (called tetra paks) and gable-top juice containers, as well as coconut water tetra paks.
Soup stock and milk cartons have no deposit and are collected separately.
Please rinse clean.
Light Bulbs & Light Fixtures
We accept compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL), fluorescent tubes of any shape, incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs, LEDs, UHPs, and HIDs. Please hand bulbs to a depot staff member. All broken bulbs MUST be contained in a plastic bag that is taped closed or in a ziplocked plastic bag.
We also accept lighting fixtures including: floor lamps, chandeliers, table lamps, ceiling lights, flashlights, and Christmas lights from residential homes.
For additional details about the LightRecycle program, visit lightrecycle.ca
Non-packaging plastic must be clean, free of paint, and free of metal (e.g., screws and rivets).
There is currently no stewardship program for these items. They are taken to a facility in Vancouver by PIRS. The cost of recycling these materials is paid entirely by membership dollars and donations. In 2020, Penderites recycled 2,000 kg of this material.
Smaller items are free to recycle; larger items such as lawn chairs are subject to a $2 fee.
Please see staff for assistance with these items.
Plexiglass, PVC pipes, brittle degraded plastic, and plastic strapping are not acceptable.
For ideas about how to dispose of unacceptable items, see Options for Other Types of Recyclables.
Other Flexible Plastic Packaging
We accept plastic packaging that does not fall in the plastic bags category, such as: crinkly chip bags, mesh onion and avocado bags, zippered bags; bubble wrap (without paper), foil lined plastic candy wrappers, deli packages with rigid bottoms and peel off plastic tops, safety seals from milk jugs, yogurt, etc., and stretch wrap. Please clean them before recycling. The cleanliness of these items is very important so that pests are not attracted to the material.
Paint & Paint Containers
We accept most household paints: latex or oil, interior or exterior, metal paint and primer, and aerosol paint cans. Paint cans can be empty, partially-full or full. Paint must be collected from your vehicle by a staff member; there is no public drop-off.
Paint must be in the original, intact container with a securely affixed label.
We CANNOT accept craft paints, adhesives, grout, or roofing tar. See Options for Other Types of Recyclables for suggestions as to where you can take household hazardous waste items that we are unable to.
Good reusable paint is available for free in our Paint Share area in the ReShop. Please sign the Paint Exchange form when you take paint.
Paper Containers for Milk, Soup, and Broth, and Coffee Cups
We accept cartons for dairy and dairy alternatives (e.g., soy, rice, almond, and coconut milk); soup or soup broth; molasses; Epsom salts; and sugar. We accept coffee and soft drink cups and paper ice cream containers.
Please rinse clean and flatten these containers. Plastic lids can be recycled with plastic containers.
Note: Plastic milk jugs are accepted as plastic containers.
We accept: newsprint, TV guides, flyers, computer paper, envelopes, can labels, coloured paper, phone books, magazines, and junk mail.
Please remove any plastic liners and wrappings.
Magazines: A blue bin is occasionally available in front of the paper container where interesting and up-to-date magazines can be placed. These will be put in the FreeStore after they have been quarantined.
All paper products must be clean and dry.
We CANNOT accept: paper towels, toilet paper, waxed paper, ribbon and bows, or photographs.
Cardboard: Please see the Cardboard section for details, including brown paper.
Books: Please see the Books section for details on recycling.
We accept grocery bags, produce bags, bread bags and other soft, stretchy plastic packaging. All plastic bags should be clean and dry. Al though zippered bags, e.g., Ziploc, are soft and stretchy, they are made of different material and should go in the Other Flexible Plastic Packaging category.
Pop and beer can yokes: these are accepted separately.
We accept plastic packaging including: milk jugs, food containers, personal care containers, soap and cleaning products, empty pill and vitamin bottles, product containers, rigid plastic packaging, plant pots, and much more.
All plastics should be clean and dry, especially plant pots.
We accept packaging styrofoam, including meat trays and packaging material from electronics/furniture. These are sorted as white or coloured.
Styrofoam must be clean and have meat tray liners removed.
We CANNOT accept styrofoam "peanuts" or squishy foam.
Scrap metal items should be 80% metal.
Copper and brass are sorted separately. Ask staff for help.
We accept a variety of metals such as metal roofing, fencing, wood stoves, tools, lawn mowers, etc.
Please place nails, screws etc. in the washing machine designated for this purpose.
Please compress wire fencing as well as you are able to.
Please remove fabric from aluminum lawn chairs.
There is no drop off fee for Outdoor Powered Electronics or large power tools and exercise machines.
Drop off fees
Pick up truck load of scrap metal: $25
We CANNOT accept propane tanks, gas or diesel tanks, or any machinery with fuel or oil still in the fuel tank.
Propane tanks and canisters can be dropped off for a fee at Pender Island Fire Hall No. 1, across from the Community Hall.
See Options for Other Types of Recyclables for suggestions as to where you can take household hazardous waste items that we are unable to accept.
Smoke and CO Alarms
We accept smoke alarms, CO alarms, and combination smoke and CO alarms under the AlarmRecycle stewardship program. Full details about the AlarmRecycle program can be found at AlarmRecycle.ca or by phoning 1-800-667-4321.
Please remove and recycle the batteries separately.
Thermostats often contain mercury and it is important to keep them out of the landfill. We accept thermostats, both mechanical and electrical. There is no charge for drop-off.
We ONLY accept tires during May - which is tire collection month. We accept all sizes and types of vehicle tires, bicycle, and wheelbarrow tires. There is a $2 per vehicle tire charge for drop off. Bike and other small tires are free to drop off.
Rims should be removed, and can be recycled as scrap metal. If you can not remove the rim, we will still accept your tires.