Easy, safe and affordable drop-offs
The staffed, self-serve Burnaby Eco-Centre provides you with safe, convenient and affordable drop-off options for over 20 different types of recyclable materials.
Accepted and not accepted items
- printed paper
- multiple layer paper bags
- boxboard boxes and corrugated cardboard
- moulded boxboard
- gift wrap and greeting cards (paper only)
- hot and cold drink cups
- gable top and Tetrapak® cartons
- frozen dessert boxes
- steel and aluminum containers, foil, lids
- empty aerosol cans (no butane)
- spiral wound paper cans
- plastic plant pots/trays
- hard plastic packaging, lids
- non-food protective packaging (bubble wrap)
- crinkly wrappers and bags
- stand-up and zipper lock pouches
- flexible packaging with plastic seal
- woven and net plastics
- plastic bags and overwrap
- propane tanks refillable/non-refillable
- butane tanks
- large and small scrap metal
- hard plastics (non-packaging)
- plastic foam packaging (Styrofoam™) - residential only
- clothing and shoes books
- used oil, filters, containers
- flammable liquids and pesticides
- cooking oil
- cell phones
- glass jars and bottles
- e toys
- small appliances
- power tools
- electric outdoor power equipment
- grass clippings & leaves
- small branches (up to 4” diameter)
- plants & flowers
- clean wood (no construction waste, plywood or glue laminates)
- food scraps
- animal waste or carcasses
- treated wood
- tree stumps / branches larger than 4” diameter
- plastic bags
- dirt, rocks or sand
Things to remember
- Bring proof of residency.
- Do not bag or bundle green waste.
- As a resident, you can drop off 1 load per day of up to 100 kg of green waste for free.
- Charges apply for entire loads over 100 kg.
- Food scraps aren’t accepted.
- Biodegradable plastic bags aren't accepted.
- No commercial drop-off from Mon-Fri between 9-10:30 am and 3-4 pm.
Composters and rain barrels
Yard and garden trimmings, along with fruit and vegetable peelings, can be composted at home in your backyard. It can improve soil texture and provide nutrients for healthier, happier plants.
You can buy composters from the Eco-Centre for $30 each (includes tax).
Download our free guide to backyard composting.
Lawn watering restrictions are in effect from May 1 to October 15 every year. If you want to give your plants year-round access to warm, un-chlorinated and oxygen-rich water, you can get a rain barrel. Each barrel holds up to 341 litres of water.
As a resident, you can buy one from the Eco-Centre for a special price of $100 (includes tax).
The centre partners with various Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs, including Product Care, Call2Recycle, BC Used Oil, Recycle BC, Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable and more. EPR is an approach to recycling under which Canadian businesses are responsible for reducing the environmental impact of their products and packaging. The centre also partners with BC Children’s Hospital and Diabetes Canada for clothing donations, Discover Books for books and CNIB to collect cell phones for their Phone It Forward program.