Where Does it Go?

Recycle Drop-Off Day

Port Coquitlam residents doing their spring cleaning will be able to drop off plastic bags, glass containers, electronics, small appliances and other recyclables at a single convenient location on Apr. 21.

From 10 am to 4 pm on either Apr. 21 at Gates Park, Port Coquitlam residents can drop off a variety of recyclable items that normally have to go to a depot:

  • Plastic bags
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Lightbulbs, batteries and smoke detectors/alarms
  • Styrofoam (white only – no popcorn foam)
  • Printed paper, cardboard and packaging
  • Household electronics such as computers and handheld devices
  • Small appliances and tools including vacuums, scales, countertop appliances, hair dryers, fans, irons, power tools, sewing machines and typewriters

Renovation waste, household hazardous waste and large appliances will not be accepted.

Sort it Right! Search Tool

Confused about which cart a Ziploc bag goes into or where to put styrofoam? Try out the Sort it Right tool that will make it easier for you to put your waste in the right place. Enter an item below to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it.

Can’t find the item you’re looking for? Contact us at ambassadors@portcoquitlam.ca for help. We can then add the time to the database.

Why Sort it Right

Port Coquitlam residents currently divert about 66% of their waste from the landfill. If we sort our waste properly, about 75% of what is typically thrown away can go into the green and blue carts, to a recycling depot or to a take-back program.

  • Avoid fines of up to $300 for continually putting the wrong things in your carts
  • Prevent hikes in City disposal fees and fines that are eventually passed on to taxpayers
  • Keep waste out of the landfill, where it releases gases and toxins

Got a Great Waste Tip?

Share Your Waste Tips to Win an iPad Mini!

How to play:

  • Share your tips between Oct. 16 and Nov. 20 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram,
  • Tag the city @CityofPoCo (Instagram/Twitter) @portcoquitlam (Facebook)
  • Write a tip about reducing or sorting waste that is relevant to Port Coquitlam,
  • Include a photo, graphic, meme or video (maximum 30 seconds) that relates to the written tip, and
  • Include both hashtags #sortitright and #portcoquitlam.

All eligible entries will be entered for the top prize of an iPad Mini sponsored by Save-On-Foods Port Coquitlam, along with additional prizes of food waste bags sponsored by Bag to Earth, and Sort it Right! swag from the city.

Winners will be contacted through their social media accounts; no entry form is required. Only one tip per person will be counted, and only Port Coquitlam residents are eligible to win the prizes.

PoCo Waste-Line app

Use this free app to access your collection schedule, Sort it Right! Search Tool, get emergency notifications and more.

PDF downloads

PDF Downloads

Download the Sort it Right! Guide to Waste Sorting & Services flipguide for a complete guide to sorting waste in Port Coquitlam.

Printed Resources

Printed Resources

Drop by City Hall, recreation centres or Public Works to pick up a waste-sorting poster or Sort it Right flipguide.


Tel:  604.927.5496 Emergency After Hours Tel: 604.543.6700 Email: publicworks@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address

Public Works 1737 Broadway Street Port Coquitlam BC V3C 2M9

7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)