Transitioning from COVID-19 to Normal Operations

October 6, 2020

Tla’amin Recycling Depot

Effective immediately, the depot is open for regularly scheduled service.

September 9, 2020

Tla’amin Recycling Depot

Effective immediately, the depot is closed until September 22, 2020 or further notice. Please bring recyclables to an alternate depot, or store at home.

June 21, 2020

Augusta Recyclers

Effective Immediately the Augusta Recycling Depot has reopened to the public. The depot will be open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday thru Saturday.


Please adhere to the following:

  • Do not visit Augusta if you are not feeling well, or if you have traveled out of the province in the last two (2) weeks.
  • Wait for your turn to access the unloading area; staff can only have a few people unloading at a time, so there may be a delay before you can offload. Please be patient and wait your turn.
  • When dropping off recyclables maintain a 2 meter / 6 foot distance from any Augusta employee or other customers.
  • Pre-sort your recyclables at home. It is important to drop off your recyclables as quickly as possible to try and alleviate any traffic congestion. Larger unsorted loads can be refused.

June 1, 2020

Town Centre Recycling Depot

Effective immediately, depot hours will return to their regular schedule of Monday – Saturday, 8:00am – 5:30pm (excluding holidays).

May 22, 2020
Thrift Store Donations & Re-openings

Some local thrift stores are now open for donation drop-offs and will also soon be re-opening their storefronts to the public with more limited services.



  • Hospital Auxiliary Economy Shop – 7 days a week 10:00am – 4:00pm. Drop off items at door next to main entrance door – see signs.
  • MCC Thrift Store – Tuesdays and Saturdays 9:00am – 3:00pm. Follow signs to new drop-off door. No donation truck pick ups at this time.
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store – Not receiving donations at this time. Contact for more current updates. 604-485-2413.

Store Re-openings:

April 22, 2020
Expired Medication

Expired Medication goes to the Pharmacy. Check to see if your pharmacy is continuing to collect during the COVID-19 pandemic as some are pausing this service.

Before drop off:

  • De-package pills into a ziplock bag (or equivalent) and recycle bottles (depots or curbside).
  • Leave liquids & squeeze tube medications in their packaging (return at Pharmacy).

April 14, 2020
Lund Recycling Depot

Lund Recycling Depot is temporarily closed. New location (next to Lund Fire Hall on Larson Road) opening May 6th, 2020. qathet Regional District apologizes for the unexpected disruption in service level.

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 10:00am – 3:00pm

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.


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