August 29th, 2016

Recycling in Squamish

For all recycling solutions in our region, check this out: Sea-to-Sky ecoGuide (PDF).

Reuse IT

hotspotbannerThe Hotspot runs the Reuse IT computer recycling program out of their main location in Squamish. They take in donations of used technology from people in the community, clean it up, rebuild it if need be, and make it available to people in the community who may not be able to afford new equipment, while also keeping computers and other technology out of landfills!

New Recycling Options at the Squamish Landfill

Guess what? The Squamish landfill has expanded its recycling options! Asphalt shingles, small electronic appliances, electronics, and styrofoam can now be recycled for free.

Here are the landfill’s new rules:

Asphalt: Nails are fine. Paper and other material must be sorted out.

Small electronics: almost any appliance or tool that has a cord is acceptable.

Electronics: Computer, audio and video equipment are accepted.

Styrofoam: two types of foam accepted – soft, white material used for packing and denser material used in pre-packaged food trays for meats etc. Please bag each type separately in clear plastic bags. Wash food trays to avoid attracting wildlife.

For more information about the changes, the full list of the landfill’s accepted recyclables and rules, and to find out more about other recycling options around the city please visit The Squamish garbage and recycling collection webpage.

While you’re there, don’t forget to sign up for their new electronic reminder service so that you will never miss a garbage or recycling day again!


Recycling Info Sheet Squamish

Where to Recycle What in Squamish (

Our Blue Bin program takes recyclables to Carneys Waste Systems. Although   successful to date, not all items are acceptable for recycling through this program. Check out Carneys’ list of recyclables and their fate here or take a look at the Squamish District’s waste diversion page.

So what can we do with the rest? Well, right across from Carneys Waste Systems, we have The Squamish Bottle Depot, where Encorp Pacific, a non-profit organization, is in charge of recyclables.

The Squamish Bottle Depot accepts all beverage containers, including milk and juice cartons, and offers a refund for most. Would you like to know what happens to your containers after you take them to The Squamish Bottle Depot? Download the PDF with details of the program: Recycling at the Squamish Bottle Depot.

Want more? Here’s a video that shows the basics of Encorp Pacific and the recycling program offered through Bottle Depots; clickHERE.

Organics  New Curbside Collection Program in Squamish for Food Scraps and Yard Waste
(Organics) – Starting May 2015
  Learn more on what is accepted and what not at
  Tips on how to keep your organics bin clean:
  The Keep it Clean – Green Bin Tips for your Organics Tote





Plastic bags and overwrap are NO LONGER accepted in your recycling totes!  

Plastic Bags and Overwrap Recycling

Why? Plastic bags and overwrap are very difficult to separate from other recycling materials. Problems with separation mean that less of the plastic bags and less of the other material can be recycled due to contamination.

Plastic bags and overwrap can still be dropped off for separate recycling at Carney’s Recycle Center or the Squamish Landfill. Make sure bags are empty and clean, then stuff bags inside another bag and tie the top. Shredded paper is still acceptable in recycling totes, but must be bagged in paper bags.

Plastic bags/overwrap includes: Shopping bags, produce bags for fresh & frozen food, bread bags, overwrap (e.g. for mattresses), outer bags for hygiene products. For more details see

Electronic Waste (e-Waste)

Electronic equipment contains valuable resources (e.g. metals) that should be recovered. It also contains toxic materials (e.g. mercury, cadmium, and nickel) which can become serious health hazards if discarded in landfills or handled inappropriately. Canada abides by The Basel Convention, which makes the export of e-waste to developing countries illegal. Here’s an example of unsafe handling of e-waste in India:

The Squamish Bottle Depot now accepts electronics to be handled and recycled responsibly in Canada. This recycling program for electronics is regulated by the provincial government and overseen by The Electronic Stewardship Association, who have contracted Encorp Pacific to manage the collection of electronic equipment through Bottle Depots. The recycling plants where our electronics end up are audited regularly to make sure they comply with well established safety and recycling standards. eCycle is one of these plants:

And if you have an old cell phone, nothing better than turning it into trees, easily and for free! See how right here!

Books, CDs & DVDs

Don’t know what to do with all those books, CDs and DVDs rotting on the shelves? Tired of sending them off to the landfill? The Reading Tree has arrived in Squamish, and their mission is two-fold, first, they keep these materials from contributing to the saturation of our landfills. Second, they collect books, CDs and DVDs from families who no longer want them, and deliver them to children, families, schools and libraries that desperately need them. Drop your books, CDs and DVDs off at the containers around town!


40% of the waste that ends up at the landfill is organic materials that could be used to make compost or even energy. Grass clippings, yard waste, and food scraps make good compost. If you don’t have a compost pile, use your neighbour’s or take your organic waste to Carney’s; they have a big container in the yard for this purpose.

Wood waste, a plentiful resource in Squamish, can be used to produce energy. Here’s a good example of this beneficial and profitable practice in the UK:

Waste alerts!

Composting in bear country is possible!

Download the new District of Squamish’s flyer “5 Simple Steps to Making Compost in Bear Country – in Squamish!” right here.

Squamish Styrofoam recycling initiative debuts

As from right now, and thanks to Nesters’ store manager Sean Daly, there is a place for Styrofoam in our community! Read more about this recycling program here.

Feedback or questions? Contact us!

Questioning the phase-out of incandescent bulbs? Unsure about Compact Fluorescent Light-bulbs (CFLs)?

You may find the information here, here and here useful.

The choice is yours to make, but remember that, in Squamish, we can recycle all types of bulbs*, incandescent and CFL.

Squamish CAN has partnered with Rona and the District of Squamish to offer convenient collection points. Place your used bulbs in the containers provided at Municipal Hall (2nd Avenue) and Rona (Discovery Way).

(*) Due to safety issues, long fluorescent tubes must be taken directly to Rona. All bulbs are sent to Aevitas Inc., Rona’s recycling partner in Ontario.

NEW used household battery recycling program – now FREE!!

Squamish CAN is pleased to announce that a FREE program to collect and recycle used household batteries has now been established Province-wide through a collaboration between the BC Ministry of the Environment and the non-profit Call2Recycle. Read more here.

In Squamish, take your used batteries and cell-phones to Nesters Market, Changes at Save On Foods, Extra Foods, Municipal Hall and the Squamish Adventure Centre, and place them in the boxes provided (see image below). You will notice that bags are provided – please bag only rechargeable & lithium batteries and cell phones.

Waste in Canada

  • photoCanadians generate about 30 million tonnes of waste annually, 24 of which are discarded as waste.
  • Landfill sites account for about 38% of Canada’s total methane emissions (methane is 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide).
  • Harvesting trees, extracting ores and oil, and transporting raw materials emit greenhouse gases. Waste prevention and recycling delay the need to extract raw materials, lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Manufacturing new products releases greenhouse gases during processing as it expends energy. With waste prevention, fewer products are made. Making products from recycled materials requires less energy.
  • Greenhouse gases are emitted as waste decomposes in landfills. Waste prevention and recycling divert materials from landfills, lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

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