Recycle Depot

The Recycling Depot is the central location for residential recycling located at 349 Rainbow Road

Hours Open: 10.00am – 5.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday
(NOT OPEN Sunday, Monday, statutory holidays and long weekends)

COVID-19: Recycling Depot Update

PLEASE NOTE: The Recycling Depot is busiest on Tuesdays. Later in the week, wait times are not as long (if at all!), including on Saturdays. We advise that if you can wait until later in the week to do your recycling, to please do so.

NOT ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME: large appliances or scrap metal. Clothing donsations will not be accepted as our bins are at capacity (until the Diabetes Association can come pick up – the timeline is unclear on that at this point).

We are accepting all the usual materials with the exception of scrap metal, large appliances and clothing /textiles at this time.

Please sort your recycling prior to arrival!

Please be prepared to wait. Thank you, everyone!

We are modifying our procedures and adapting our systems to an evolving situation as we face restrictions within the depot and limitations that have been imposed in the movement of materials out of the depot.

Thanks for all your patience and cooperation.

Recycling Depot Sign

This public service is provided under several contracts. The main contract is with the Capital Region District, to provide the equivalent of residential “Blue Box material” collection. It is collected at a central depot at 349 Rainbow Road rather than curbside.

Blue Box material refers to:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Rigid plastic packaging
  • Containers (glass, metal, plastic – including lids).

As well as Blue Box materials, the depot accepts many other materials.

Please note: The depot will only accept “blue box materials” from residential clients. Commercial & institutional clients do not have access to these bins. They may bring other materials such as tires, and applicances. These changes reflect CRD policy of only funding residential blue box material.

The depot is also the Island’s only BC Productcare Depot. Through a contract with BC Productcare, we accept leftover household paint and stains as well as pesticides, poisons, and flammable liquids.

The depot also makes available some materials for re-use. A “book and magazine exchange” is operated by volunteers and offers free reading material.

The service is open to residents of the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area, and we encourage everyone including tourists, and boaters to recycle with us.


New Year’s Day CLOSED Wed., Jan. 1, 2020
Family Day CLOSED SAT. FEB. 15TH Mon., Feb. 17, 2020
Good Friday CLOSED FRI. APR. 10 & SAT APR. 11TH Fri., Apr. 10, 2020
Victoria Day CLOSED SAT. MAY 16TH Mon., May 18, 2020
Canada Day CLOSED Wed., Jul. 1, 2020
B.C. DAY CLOSED SAT. AUG. 1ST Mon., Aug. 3, 2020
Labour Day CLOSED SAT. SEPT.5TH Mon., Sep. 7, 2020
Thanksgiving CLOSED SAT. OCT. 10TH Mon., Oct. 12, 2020
Armistice Day CLOSED Wed., Nov. 11, 2020
Christmas Day CLOSED FRI. DEC 25TH AND SAT. DEC 26TH Fri., Dec. 25, 2020


Phone: (250) 537-1200

Mailing Address:
c/o Salt Spring Island Community Services
268 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island BC V8K 2K6

Email Recycling

CRD Recycling Hotline: 1-800-663-4425 (ask for hotline)


Links and Further Information

Capital Regional District

Coast Waste Management Association

Recycling Council of British Columbia

BC Productcare

Encorp Pacific

Small Applicance Recycling Program