Improper disposal, such as throwing household hazardous waste down the drain, on the ground, in the trash or in to storm drains, can be very dangerous. These products, if disposed of improperly, pollute the environment and can pose a threat to human health. For more information, contact the BC Recycling hotline at 604.732.9253.
In accordance with the GVRD Disposal Ban, as of Jauary 1, 2008 any garbage carts containing any of the following hazardous waste will not be accepted.
Tires can be taken to Unlimited Tire Team (2460 Kingsway Ave. 604.944.8353) and Pitt River Auto Servies LTD. ( #1-11971 McLean Ave. 604.472.0066)
Return used oil to a retailer near you or a service station that displays the recycling symbol. Service stations are able to accept a maximum of 20 litres per person per day.
Many retailers accept car batteries for recycling; however, it is advisable to call in advance to check. Wastech Transfer Station also accepts used car batteries.
Antifreeze can be recycled at most service stations, antifreeze retailers and radiator shops. Call in advance to check whether they will accept antifreeze.
To recycle your propane tank, contact your local service station, propane dealer or retailer. Most propane dealers will accept all types of propane tanks.
Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries are now part of a return-to-retailer system. Ni-Cd batteries are commonly found in cell phones, cordless phones, camcorders, power tools, children's toys, and household appliances. Participating retailers include Canadian Tire, Zellers, Radio Shack, Black's Photography, Battery Plus and Astral Photo.
Since 1992, major battery manufacturers have stopped using mercury and dry-cell batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt. As a result, these types can now be thrown out in regular household garbage.
Paints, pesticides and other household hazardous liquids also need to be disposed of properly. If liquids can be re-used, contact friends, family and local charities too see if there is a need for them. Product Care provides a BC Paint Exchange program where leftover paint collected at Product Care paint depots is offered free of charge. Hazardous liquids can also be disposed of at Biggar Bottle Depot at 2577 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam (604.945.3313). Biggar Bottle Depot is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 5:30 pm.