March 26, 2020

Recycling Depot Safety: Additional Considerations


  • Do NOT visit a facility if you are feeling unwell, experiencing flu-like symptoms or have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus.
  • Consider if your trip is absolutely essential, or if it can wait.
  • If you have access to curbside collection, please use that service and do not go to recycling depots or waste facilities unless absolutely necessary.
  • Pre-sort your recycling to limit time spend on site.
  • Customers must observe social distancing while on site.

Please be patient as these measures are put in place to keep all residents, staff and contractors safe.


Recycle BC: No tissues, Disinfecting Wipes, Face Masks, Rubber Gloves, etc.

Recycle BC, the non-profit that manages curbside recycling, and the packaging and printed paper streams at recycling depots is asking for the following safety measures:

  • Ensure medical waste and products like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks and rubber gloves are NOT included in your recycling bins or dropped off at recycling depots.
  • Use local garbage collection provider for proper disposal methods of the above items (bagged, not loose).
  • Stay current with Recycle BC COVID-19 updates here.
Thrift Stores Closed – No Store Donations

MCC Thrift Store, the Salvation Army Thrift Store, and the Hospital Auxiliary (Economy Shop) have all closed and are not accepting donations.  Please store donations at home for the time being.


Suncoast Bottle Depot (Return-It Program)

There have been changes in depot operating hours:

Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 3:00 pm

Visit SunCoast Bottle Depot website for updates.


Lasqueti Island Free Store Closed

Please refrain from dropping off any materials at the Lasqueti Island Free Store, as it is temporarily closed.


March 20, 2020

To promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to recycling depot service will come into effect on Friday, March 20th, 2020.


Town Centre Recycling Depot
New Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Only one person (per side) allowed in depot at a time.
One staff member only. Staff will monitor from outside depot.
Augusta Recyclers

Effective immediately, Augusta Recyclers recycling depot has closed. Other operations and services by Augusta Recyclers are not currently affected. For up-to-date messaging, refer to Augusta Recycler’s website.


All Other Rural Recycling Depots

(Black Point, Van Anda, Gilles Bay, Tla’amin, Lund)
Hours: No change.
Only one person allowed in depot at a time.
One staff member only. Staff will monitor from outside depot.


To avoid lines at depots, city residents should access the free curbside recycling pick-up service for all container and paper/cardboard recycling. Refer to the Waste Wise Guide 2020 for details, and information about other recyclables.


Sign up below for email, text message or phone call notifications for:

  • curbside recycling & garbage pick-up (City Residents only), and
  • alerts on service interruptions, depot changes, and solid waste events (City and Rural Residents).


qathet Regional District operates seven (7) Recycling depots in the region, as well as the Texada Island Transfer Station. Click on the map link below for depot locations, hours of operation and information on what materials are accepted at each location. All Recycle BC depots are fully fenced and staffed and are only open during specific hours of operation. Depots are closed on holidays. If a holiday falls on a day that a depot is not open for business, the following day that the depot is meant to be open will be taken off in lieu of the statutory holiday.


Check out the Waste Wise Recycling Guide Directory for information on where to drop off other specific recyclable items or search recycling options using Recyclepedia.



Sign up below to get an email, text message or phone call reminder for your curbside pick-up (City Residents only). By signing up, you will also receive notifications for service interruptions like snow days, depot closures, and solid waste events such as Trash Bash (all City and Rural Residents).

Texada Island Transfer Station

The following materials only, can be dropped off at the Texada Island Transfer Station at 6529 Shelter Point Road (turn left onto Shelter Point Road off of Gillies Bay Road at Shelter Point Park and follow the road towards Central Road for approximately 2 km – station is on the left hand side of the road) on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • Scrap Metals (all vehicles and machinery must be free of fluids)
  • Fridges and Freezers (a $25 fee will be charged for the drop off of fridges and freezers)

Caretaker is Wade Chisholm at 604-413-2176.


For inquiries or comments regarding recycling in Powell River, please contact the qathet Regional District’s Let’s Talk Trash Team.

email: info@letstalktrash.ca

website: www.letstalktrash.ca

phone: 604-485-2260 ext 308