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Banned and Prohibited Materials

Certain items are banned or prohibited from the garbage in Burnaby. They are either recyclable or hazardous. All banned materials can be recycled or disposed of properly through municipal recycling programs, a Regional Disposal Facility, or through a Provincial Take-Back Program.

Banned Items Accepted at Burnaby's Eco-Centre

Some restrictions apply. Contact Burnaby's Recycling Line at 604-294-7972 about the following items:

  • Styrofoam™/foam packaging
  • Vehicle batteries (lead acid)
  • Household batteries (alkaline & rechargeables)
  • Motor oil, oil containers, filters, anti-freeze
  • Paints and their containers, flammable liquids, solvents, gasoline, pesticides

Banned Items Accepted through Burnaby's Recycling Program

These items can be included in your curbside or multi-family recycling and green bin collection. Be sure to sort appropriately according to the guidelines.

  • Corrugated cardboard, newspaper, office paper, mixed paper (magazines, phone books, cereal boxes)
  • Glass containers, hard plastic containers, metal containers
  • Food scraps, yard trimmings, clean wood waste

Banned Items with Alternative Recycling or Disposal Options


Other Items

Visit to find out where to recycle these items:

  • Liquids of any kind
  • Explosives & ammunition 
  • Materials that may start combustion (e.g. hot ashes)
  • Building and demolition materials (including drywall/gypsum)
  • Dirt, rocks, sod (including contaminated soil) 
  • Animal waste and carcasses
  • Vehicle tires (including bicycle) 
  • Electronics & e-toys
  • Beverage containers 
  • Fluorescent light bulbs 
  • Thermostats 
  • Smoke detectors & carbon monoxide alarms 
  • And many more items 

Additional Resources

  • Provincial Take-Back Programs

    Provincial Take Back ProgramMorePrograms for banned or recyclable materials.
  • Burnaby Eco-Centre

    Burnaby Recycling DepotMoreWhen you have a lot of recyclables, bring them in to our Eco-Centre! 
  • Burnaby's Collection App

    Burnaby Collection AppMoreGet Burnaby's Collection App. Never miss a collection day!