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Recycling CollectionThe City of Port Coquitlam provides bi-weekly curbside collection of recyclables to single residences, and to business and commercial properties.

Places to recycle:

Confused about which cart a Ziploc bag goes into or where to put styrofoam? The City of Port Coquitlam’s Sort it Right tool makes it easier for you to put your waste in the right place.

Type the name of a waste material and the Sort It Right tool will tell you how to recycle or dispose of it

Blue Cart Information

Mix It Up!
Port Coquitlam offers co-mingled recycling. That means there is no sorting required - all recycling goes in the blue cart. With the exception of shredded paper (which should be bagged separately in a transparent bag), do not bundle, bag or otherwise contain your recyclables.
Please Note:
Accepted in your Blue Cart

Please ensure all recyclables are clean and dry. View the full list of materials.

Printed Paper

Accepted items
Not Accepted
  • Newspapers, inserts and flyers
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Telephone books and other directories
  • Writing and home office paper, paper envelopes, and notepads
  • Paper gift wrap and greeting cards
  • Soft- or hard-covered books
  • Foil gift wrap
  • Ribbons or bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries
  • Rubber bands
  • Padded envelopes
  • Non-paper or foil gift wrap
Paper Packaging (containing dry items when sold)

Accepted items
Not Accepted
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes used for shipping and packing, grocery and liquor store boxes and pizza boxes
  • Cardboard and boxboard boxes for cereal, shoes, tissues, pizza, frozen entrees, desserts, detergent, paper towel and tissue rolls and carrier trays for bulk bottled water, soft drinks, cans, food, etc.
  • Moulded boxboard packaging for egg cartons, take-out beverage trays, paper-based flower pots
  • Paper bags (also called kraft paper), brown bags and envelopes
  • Paper pet food bags

  • Cardboard boxes with wax coating, such as empty boxes originally used to transport produce that may be available from grocery stores for residents to transport their groceries home
  • Padded envelopes
  • Foil-lined bags
  • Pet food bags with a foil layer
  • Paper towels or tissues
  • Residue in garden pots
Paper Packaging (containing liquids when sold)

Accepted items
Not Accepted
  • Paper cups for hot and cold beverages
  • Gable-top cartons for milk, milk-type beverages, cream, substitute eggs
  • Aseptic (Tetra Pak) boxes or cartons for milk, milk-type beverages, cream, soup, broth, sauces
  • Frozen dessert boxes for ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc.
  • Juice cartons and boxes (take to ReturnIt depot for deposit refund)
  • Straws
  • Stand-up pouches
  • Plastic wrap
Plastic Containers
Plastic recycling codes are no longer used to determine which plastics can be recycled. Please refer to the list below for information about accepted plastics.
Accepted items
Not Accepted
  • Plastic jugs with screw tops used for milk, cooking oil, laundry detergent and fabric softener; cleaning solutions, cleaning products, body care products, windshield washer fluid, etc.
  • Plastic bottles for food, dish soap, mouthwash, shampoos, conditioners and other personal care products; pills and vitamins, household and automotive cleaners, laundry products. Plastic bottles have screw caps or spray, pump, or pull-up tops.
  • Plastic jars for peanut butter, jam, nuts, condiments, vitamins and supplements, personal care products, that have wide mouths with screw-top lids.
  • Plastic clamshells for baked goods, fruit, produce, eggs, etc. that are clear with hinged or click-closed tops.
  • Plastic trays and tops for deli chicken, single-service meals, prepared foods, baked goods, housewares, and hardware such as screws or picture hangers, etc. The containers are clear or have black-bottom trays with clear domes.
  • Plastic tubs and lids for food such as margarine and spreads, dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, etc.
  • Plastic cold drink cups with lids for take-out beverages.
  • Plastic garden pots and trays for bedding plants, seedlings, vegetable plants, etc.
  • Plastic pails for laundry detergent, ice cream, etc. – less than 25L
  • Microwavable bowls and cups
  • Blister packs with paper backing - commonly used for batteries, toothbrushes, electronics and toys. Remove the plastic from the paper backing and recycle each item seperately.
  • Beverage bottles or jugs for flavoured tea, juice, or other beverages (take to ReturnIt depot for deposit refund)
  • Stand-up pouches
  • Containers for motor oil, or vehicle lubricant, or antifreeze products (call the recycling hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check the Recycling Directory)
  • Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Liquid-absorbing pads, e.g., in trays of meat, poultry, fish, etc.
  • Plastic wrap
  • Shrink wrap for meat, poultry, fish or cheese
  • Plastic blister packs with foil backing
  • Ceramic plant pots
  • Lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture or toys
  • Garden hoses
  • Plastic string or rope
  • Plastic paint cans (call the recycling hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check the Recycling Directory)
  • Pails larger than 25L
  • Pails for lubricants and oils (call the recycling hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check the Recycling Directory)
  • Microwavable bowls with metal rims
Aluminum Containers

Accepted items
Not Accepted
  • Aluminum cans and lids used for food, lubricating oil, foam insulation, pesticides, etc.
  • Aluminum foil and foil containers, including foil wrap, pie plates, food trays, baking and roasting pans
  • Aluminum aerosol containers used for food, air fresheners, shaving cream, deodorant, hairspray
  • Spray paint cans(call the recycling hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check the Recycling Directory)
  • Aerosol cans with any contents remaining
  • Propane cylinders (call the recycling hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check the Recycling Directory)
Steel Containers

Accepted items
Not Accepted
  • Steel cans and lids for food, pet food etc.
  • Metal tins and lids for cookies, tea, chocolate, etc.
  • Spiral wound cans and metal lids for frozen juice concentrate, potato chips, cookie dough, coffee, nuts, baby formula, etc.
  • Steel paint cans(call the recycling hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check the Recycling Directory)
  • Coat hangers (return to dry cleaners)
  • Pots, pans and baking trays
  • Metal toys
  • Appliances (call the recycling hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check the Recycling Directory)
  • Metal hardware or other scrap metal (call the recycling hotline 1-800-667-4321 or check the Recycling Directory)
  • Wiring or metal cords
  • Extension cords

About Glass Recycling

Do not place glass in your blue cart, as broken glass mixed with the paper products significantly reduces the revenue potential of our recycling.

Return glass for a refund where applicable or use the City's glass recycling depots or a Recycle BC depot for non-refundaRecycle BCglass containers.

Accepted items (Recycle BC depot or local depot)
Not Accepted
  • Emptied and rinsed clear or coloured non-refundable glass bottles and jars

  • Glasses or dishes, window glass or mirrors
  • Ceramic mugs or other ceramic products
  • Deposit glass bottles (take to ReturnIt depot for deposit refund)
  • Light bulbs or light fixtures

Restricted Items

These items cannot be recycled in your blue cart:

Additional Information


Engineering & Public Works
Tel 604.927.5420
Fax 604.927.5407

Location and Mailing Address
City Hall Annex (beside City Hall)
200 - 2564 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC  V3C 3G4

Business Hours
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

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Last Updated:3/28/2017 11:33:05 AM