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Nanaimo Recycling Information Recycling in Nanaimo


Nanaimo Recycling Exchange

Recycling In Nanaimo 

City of Nanaimo Refuse Collection and Recycling Program

Weekly curbside garbage collection is provided to single family residences within the City of Nanaimo. If you require to put out more than one garbage can, or one garbage bag, you may purchase additional tags for $2 per bag. 

You are allowed to put out one refuse container weekly and unlimited recycling material every second week. The familiar yellow recycling bags are available from any City of Nanaimo facility. This would include City Hall, Bowen Park, Beban Park and the City Works Yard on Labieux Road. Further information is available at 758-5222.

You may also visit the City of Nanaimo website for more information on Garbage Collection by using this Nanaimo Garbage Info LINK.

Condominiums and apartment buildings will have their own way of dealing with refuse removal and recycling, some have on premises recycling others leave that to the individual to take their recycle material to a center on their own.

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange

Located at 2477 Kenworth Road Nanaimo, phone 758-7777, they are open 7 days per week from 7 AM to 7 PM being closed only on Christmas Day.

This center offers a wide range of recycling options accepting mixed paper, all cardboard, telepone books, glass, mixed metals, aluminum and rigid plastics #1,2,4,5 & 7. There is no charge for these items.

You can also dispose of yard waste at this center as well as computers and other used electronics. There is a charge for yard waste but computers and electronics are free of charge.

Drywall can also be recycled here for with there is a tipping fee of $235.00 per metric tonne.

Any hazardous products such as paint, thinners, varsol, turpentine, pesticides etc. can be brought to the Recycling Exchange for disposal.

Additionally if you have clothing, books, magazines, toys or small electronics in good working condition they can be donated to the Community Market Thrift Store at the same location.

Plans are in the works for curbside compost collection, visit their website for more details.

More information is available from the NRE website by using this NRE LINK .

Bottle Depot

You can return basically any bottle, can, juice carton, tetra pack or jug on which you paid a deposit to the Return It Center at Unit #4-4151 Mostar Rd. , Phone 751-2358. They also have a second location at 1805 Fremont Rd. The Bottle Depot will take ALL containers on which a deposit has been paid including liguor and wine bottles.

Both locations also accept unlimited quantities of all end of life electronics. This includes household computers, clock radios, stereos, television, speakers, vcr's, satelite receivers, telephones and all vehicle audio and stereo systems. They also accept digital cameras and any personal listening devices.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Visit their website using this LINK

Containers can be returned to the merchant from whom you purchased it for a full refund of your deposit. For example any container Save On Foods collects a deposit on, can be returned to them for a full refund.

More Options For Disposing Of Reusable Household Goods

Big Brothers Big Sisters accepts gently used clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, stuffed animals and many other soft items. Located at #3 - 2350 Labieux Rd. below the Coastal Community Credit Union Office on the corner of Bowen Rd and Labieux Rd. Call 250-756-2447.

Canadian Diabetes Association accepts small appliances, clothing, furniture, housewares, sporting goods and toys. Pick-up service only. Call 250-758-4223.

Good Neighbours accepts donations of household items, furniture and appliances in useable condition. They also offer a free pick-up service. Located at 540 Milton St. and open Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Sunday. Call 250-755-1433.

The Hospice Shoppe accepts gentle used clothing, accessories, jewelry, household goods, furniture and much more. This friendly thrift store, supporting Nanaimo Community Hospice programs and services, is located at #5-4286 Departure Bay Rd. 250-758-8886 or email hospiceshoppe@shawbiz.ca

Salvation Army accepts furniture, shoes, clothing (all ages), small appliances, books, housewares, toys and sporting goods in working and reusable condition. No bed mattresses. For a free pick-up service or more info call 250-754-9342 or drop off at their Thrift Store locations – 867 Bruce Ave. and 205A-6750 Island Hwy N. – between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Second Hand Sandy’s accepts donations of household items and furniture and appliances in usable condition. They also offer a free pickup service. Call 250-753- 7797.

RCBC Recycling Hotline— Don’t have Internet access and have questions about how to recycle oversized and other unwanted items? Call the Recycling Council of BC Hotline toll-free at 1-800-667-4321.