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As of January 1, 2008, all of the following items are banned from the garbage in all Metro Vancouver municipalities, including Port Coquitlam.

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Newsprint
  • Office paper
  • Gypsum drywall
  • Yard and garden waste
  • Beverage containers (all except milk)
  • Blue box recyclables
  • Lead-acid (car) batteries
  • Medications/pharmaceuticals
  • Paint, solvents, flammable liquids, gasoline and pesticides
  • Vehicle tires
  • Oil, oil filters and empty containers
  • Electronic waste including personal computers, printers, and TVs

Contact the Recycling Council of BC (RCBC) or Port Coquitlam's Engineering & Operations Department for options on recycling or safe disposal. Call 604-REC-YCLE (604.732.9253) or visit

In Port Coquitlam, many of these items are acceptable in your blue recycling cart or green cart.

Garbage is inspected for high percentages of banned and recyclable materials. Loads that arrive at the disposal sites containing more than 5% (by volume) of banned materials are assessed a 50% surcharge on the whole load. These charges will eventually be passed back to your business or municipality.

For more information on this and other waste reduction initiatives, visit or call the Metro Vancouver Information Centre at 604.432.6200.

Engineering and Operations
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
8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

Last Updated:9/14/2011 11:01:53 AM