Waste Disposal Alternatives
Here are safe and green ways to dispose of items that can’t go in your waste carts.
Please note that improper disposal of certain items, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides, can be very dangerous to human health and harmful to the environment.
Glass recycling (refundable and non-refundable)
Only glass containers that previously held food or beverage items (broken or unbroken) are accepted at the follow locations.
Beverage containers (refundable), milk cartons/jugs and beverage or food tetra-paks
- Dog waste can be flushed in the toilet, and treated at a wastewater treatment plant with other sewage. Don’t put it in a storm sewer (on your street) as these carry rain to natural creeks.
- *Note: Don’t flush any bags. They will clog your plumbing, or the city sewer.
Call a Collection Service
- There are companies that collect dog waste from private and public spaces. This is also a good option in townhouses or apartments where numerous dog owners cost-share. Search the web under ‘dog waste collection’.
Build a composter on your garden
- Dog waste will decompose cleanly and without odour in a composter. City Farmer provides instructions. Allocate a bin to this purpose only. The resulting compost can be used on shrubs.
- *Note: Don’t put the resulting compost, or composter on or near your vegetable garden. If you live near a stream, place your composter away from the stream, as the runoff can contain a lot of nutrients (phosphorous and nitrogen) which not good for streams. Do not dig below groundwater.
- Pet waste is listed as prohibited from the region’s garbage, but small amounts are accepted preferably double-bagged and put in the next pick-up. We want to limit the amount of dog waste going to the landfill. It’s potentially hazardous to staff and it also produces methane, a powerful green house gas. On warm days it smells in bags, the garbage bin and work places. We encourage the alternatives listed above.
(Hamsters, Rabbits and Similar)
Remove clumps and either flush, compost or put them in the garbage, preferably double-bagged. After clumps are removed, loose litter (sawdust, corn husks, wood shavings, newsprint) can be composted or put in the green cart.
Cat feces can contain a parasite Toxoplasma gondii linked to the disease toxoplasmosis. It is unsafe for people, especially pregnant women.
Cat feces should not be flushed, handled (always wear gloves to clean a litter box) or composted. Dispose of it double-bagged in the garbage. All litter (even litter sold as flushable) can clog your sewer, or your building or city sewer, and should not be flushed.
Coquitlam Transfer Station at 1200 United Blvd., Coquitlam (604.681.5600) – accepts construction wood waste and green waste.
- Coquitlam Return-It Depot, 2554 Barnet Highway, Tel 604.464.6648
- Happy Stan’s Recycling Services, 1603 Langan Ave., Port Coquitlam, Tel 604.464.0242 – accepts computers, all electronic appliances, including small and large household appliances
- Salvation Army Thrift Store, 2275 Elgin Ave., Port Coquitlam, Tel 604.942.0505
- Other locations: www.return-it.ca/electronics
LightRecycle is a non-profit program to recycle lighting programs. Click here for a list of local depots.
- Non-rechargeable: Happy Stans Recycling, The Source, Home Depot, Staples Business Depot, Rona, IKEA
- Rechargeable: Happy Stans Recycling, The Source, Home Depot, Staples Business Depot, IKEA
- Vehicle: Coquitlam Transfer Station, Happy Stan’s Recycling Services, Canadian Tire
Tires (call for quantities accepted)
- Unlimited Tire Team
- Big O Tires
- Fountain Tire
- Canadian Tire
- Kal Tire
- Yanko Tire and Automotive
Return motor oil to a return near you or a service station that displays the recycling symbol. Service stations can accept a maximum of 20 litres per person per day.
Antifreeze can be recycled at most service stations, antifreeze retailers and radiator shops. Call in advance to confirm.
Paints, pesticides and flammable materials
Biggar Bottle Depot, 2577 Kingsway (604.945.3313, www.productcare.org) accepts paints, pesticides and flammable materials free of charge. For full details on accepted items, exclusions and quantities, visit the Product Care website.
- Accepted paint products include interior and exterior latex, deck coatings, varnishes, wood finishing oils, melamine, shellac, textured paints, paint aerosols and empty paint cans. (Limits: 10 containers up to 23 L in size each, or 50 spray paint containers per visit)
- Accepted consumer pesticides have both the poisonous (skulls & cross bones) symbol and Pest Control Product (PCP) number (max. 10 L per visit)
- Accepted flammable liquids must have a flame symbol or phrase such as “keep away from open spark or flame” on the label, and include paint thinners, solvents, camp fuels, and liquid adhesives with the flame symbol. (Limits: kerosene 9 L, other liquids 10 L per visit)
- Gasoline is accepted in approved ULC containers only (max. 25 L per visit)
Coquitlam Transfer Station, 1200 United Blvd., Coquitlam (604.681.5600)
- Diabetic syringes (must purchase container): People’s Drug Mart and Pharmasave
- Unused/expired medications: People’s Drug Mart, Pharmasave, Safeway, and Wilson Pharmacy
Miscellaneous items, appliances and bulky items
- Coquitlam Transfer Station, 1200 United Blvd., Coquitlam (604.681.5600) – appliances, bulky items, garbage, recyclables (no charge), car batteries, scrap metal, oil filters, propane tanks etc.
- Happy Stans Recycling, 1603 Langan Ave. (604.464.0242, www.happystan.com) –appliances, glass, scrap metal, computers, hot water tanks, vehicle batteries, electronic, other recyclables, etc.
- Biggar Bottle Depot, 2577 Kingsway (604.945.3313, www.return-it.ca) – at no charge, accepts household paint, pesticides, flammable liquids, old gasoline, car batteries, aerosols, paint thinner and solvent. Paint and chemicals must be in original containers with labels intact.
Tel: 604.927.5496 Emergency After Hours Tel: 604.543.6700 Email: email@example.com
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)