What Can be Recycled

What You Can Recycle at the Depot

Recycling Center on Salt Spring Island

Please NOTE: During COVID-19 Pandemic – We are accepting all the usual materials with the exception of scrap metal and large appliances at this time.

The Book Exchange is closed during the pandemic and books are not accepted in recycling in any form.  Please do not rip pages from books and add to paper.

The Recycling Depot accepts the following materials free of charge .    Packaging and printed paper is limited to residential use only.


Aluminum cans: We appreciate your donations of pop and beer cans – collected in plastic bags in front of the “tin can” bin – Thank you!

Appliances – Small electrical appliances, vacuums, toasters, tools, lighting fixtures and flashlights.  

Batteries: Household, automotive and marine batteries accepted.

Car and light truck tires as well as bicycle tires: (larger truck tires may require a fee). Rims are not accepted.

Cardboard: Flattened, cereal boxes, paper bags, all cardboard except boxes coated with wax (these are usually produce boxes).

Cell phones: We accept used cell phones and accessories.

Cassette tapes: In the Bag marked “Electronics”..

Computers: of all types as well as monitors, printers etc .

CFLs & fluorescent tubes: These are hazardous materials containing mercury therefore only accepted unbroken. Please hand to attendant.

DVD and CDs: Please place in Bag marked “Electronics” – cases can be included.

Coffee cups and other paper cups: with non-deposit cartons and tetrapaks.

Corks: Please put corks from wine bottles etc. in the container provided.

Clothing / Textiles:  All clothing and textiles including purses, shoes, belts, drapes etc. In bags no bigger than 20 pounds.

Electronics: All electronics including: televisions, computers, printers, cables, keyboards, stereos and telephones and electronic media.

Glass bottles and jars: No window glass, no drinking glasses, no light bulbs, no ceramics, no mirrors.

Glass beverage bottles: Wine, liquor, juice and milk bottles are collected in a separate bin next to the “glass bottles and jars” bin.

Inkjet & Toner cartridges: Accepted with “Electronics”.

Light Bulbs:  All light bulbs and fixtures are accepted at the depot. Please hand all light bulbs to attendant.


Milk and milk substitute Containers:  Accepted.

Paint: Leftover household paint in original, labelled cans, spray paint cans, and empty paint cans. Please check with staff as we get penalised for non-program materials.

Paper: Old newspapers and other paper such as office paper, magazines, junk mail, phone books. No kleenex, no carbon paper, no multi-layered material and no contents of bathroom waste containers please. Tetra-paks and other poly-coated cartons and coffee cups are collected elsewhere, not in the paper or cardboard bins. The Depot cannot accept books.  

Pesticides, poisons and flammable liquids: Please check with staff as there are some restrictions.

Plastic bags: There are two categories of soft plastics. One is “Plastic bags and overwrap” and the other is “Other Flexible Plastic Packaging” which is where zipper type bags, bubble wrap, cellophane, chip bags, coffee bags, laminates etc go.

Plastic beverage containers: Accepted.

Plastic containers and lids:  Includes plastic plant pots and trays. No motor oil containers.

Smoke alarms & carbon monoxide alarms: These contain radioactive material and can only be accepted intact. Hand to attendant.

Styrofoam: We accept CLEAN, packing material – no insulation. Meat trays must be washed and clean. No “peanuts” please.

Televisions –we can only accept TVs that are intact.

Tetra-paks: juice boxes, all gable-top cartons accepted.

Thermostats: We accept mercury type thermostats – only intact and untampered.

Tin cans: Cans, foil, spray cans (except paint).

Video Tape cassettes complete with cases or boxes:  in “Electronics”