Dining Out for Life 2010

Every year, Dining Out for Life organizes a one day event and encourages everyone to go out to one of their participating restaurants, and it’s all for a great cause. Here are the details for the 2010 event:

DINING OUT FOR LIFE 2010, sponsored by Sumac Ridge

The annual restaurant fundraiser for HIV/AIDS support in Vancouver is scheduled for Thursday, March 25, 2010.

Eat out and make a difference… at one of over 200 DINING OUT FOR LIFE restaurants on Thursday, March 25, 2010. Up to 25% of your food bill will be donated to Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful to support people living with HIV/AIDS.

It’s the easiest good deed you’ll do this year!

For more information, visit diningoutforlife.ca

Where to recycle anything in Vancouver

Ashley Webster has a fantastic listing of where to recycle anything in Vancouver. Hats off to him for putting this list together. Please check his site for changes.

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The Recycling Council of BC has added a fantastic tool to their homepage which tells you exactly where and how to recycle just about every item.  Check it out!  http://www.rcbc.bc.ca

I will continue searching for ways to recycle items that are not on their list, such as CDs and DVDs.

CDs and DVDs

Free Geek Vancouver
1820 Pandora Street
Vancouver, BC
604-879-GEEK (4335)

OPEN – Tues. ~ Sat.
11:00am – 6:00pm
CLOSED – Sun. Mon.



*Regardless of whether or not it has recycling number

Packaging Styrofoam:

Mansonville Plastics (Surrey)
*must call first – free drop-off

Genesis Recycling
(604) 607-1117
26049 30A Avenue, Aldergrove
*approx. $3 per garbage bag

Gibsons Recycling Depot
1018 Venture way, Gibsons B.C

Styrofoam packaging chips:

Styrofoam packing chips/peanuts are taken for reuse at UPS store locations. Check out their website for locations: http://www.theupsstore.ca/locations

Food Packaging Styrofoam:

Polystyrene (PS) food containers can be difficult to recycle. PS is not easily recyclable because of its light weight and low scrap value. The properties that make it an excellent packaging material – its weight, low cost, durability and strength – make it hard to recycle. The cost of operating trucks usually makes it cost prohibitive to transport PS to a recycling plant. Food containers are generally contaminated so require cleaning before they can be processed for recycling, which also makes it economically infeasible.

Pacific Mobile Depots, located on Vancouver Island, has set up a once monthly depot in North Vancouver. They take quite a bit of stuff.  Please note that they also take the chips and packing material.



Most blue bins only accept plastics #1, 2, 4 and 5.  Plastics 3 & 6 can be recycled with the following companies.

Pacific Mobile Depots
Monthly pickup in North Vancouver, 3rd Saturday from 9am – 12pm
333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver

Varsek Trading Group Inc.
6260 Mara Crescent, Richmond
Hours: M-F 7:00am-5:00pm
Varsek Trading is a broker for household and industrial quantities of plastics #1-7. Call first.

West Coast Plastics
Hours: M-F 8:00am-4:00pm
West Coast only accepts #6 plastics.  Please call with material details for drop off location.


Unfortunately, the companies we know of on the Lower Mainland which accept plastics without the code only accept large amounts (ie/tons) of the material from businesses. Pacific Mobile Depots accepts a variety of plastics. These materials are also listed on their website: http://www.pacificmobiledepots.com/services.php


Encorp now accepts milk containers at several of their depots.  Click here for a list of locations.


These are not accepted anywhere on the Lower Mainland.  Again, Pacific Mobile Depots is the only company we know of which accepts it (foil bags in general).


All Wastech Transfer Stations (www.wastech.ca) accept soft plastic for recycling. I have listed their locations here. Please note that the Vancouver Transfer Station is city-run and not a “Wastech” site. They do not accept soft plastics there:

Surrey Transfer Station
(604) 513-2409
9770 – 192nd Street, Surrey
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm / Sat & Sun 8am-6-pm

North Vancouver Transfer Station
(604) 929-4725
30 Riverside Drive
(3 blocks south of the Dollarton Highway, just east of the Ironworkers’ Memorial Bridge)
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm / Sat & Sun 8am-6pm

Coquitlam Transfer Station
(604) 521-1715
1200 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-5pm / Sat & Sun 8am-6pm


The Vancouver Transfer Station has a recycling area for ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as a host of other materials such as appliances and household recyclables. Metals can be brought to their recycling area for free drop-off:

South Vancouver Transfer Station
(604) 326-4600
377 West Kent Avenue North
(2 blocks south of Marine Drive between Cambie & Main)
Hours: 7 days a week, 7am to 7pm


Unfortunately, waxed paper is not recyclable as the wax coating can create problems with the recycling machinery. It is simply a waste item.


Unfortunately, these containers are not accepted as recycling because they are considered contaminated. To safely dispose of them, depress the nozzle until you hear nothing at all (not even air), and this can be disposed of as a regular garbage item.


Unlike wood, particle board is not recyclable as it contains a number of different materials, including glue. It is a garbage item and can be taken to the Vancouver South Transfer Station (above) as waste. They charge $65 per ton with a minimum charge of $6.


Drywall (gypsum) is banned from the landfill and must be taken to a special depot for recycling:

New West Gypsum Recycling
(604) 520-6647
38 Vulcan Street, New Westminster
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-7pm / Sat & Sun 8am-5pm

Ecowaste Industries
(604) 276-9511
15111 Williams Road, Richmond
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm / Sat & Sun 8am-6pm



Unfortunately, there is no provincial program in place for the recycling of alkaline batteries. They are not considered a hazardous waste due to the fact that mercury has been eliminated from their manufacturing. Accordingly, they can be disposed of as a regular garbage item. However, acid from alkaline batteries can create issues in landfills, as it can erode protective liners, creating opportunities for leakage. Accordingly, if you decide to dispose of them, please only place a handful of batteries out with each garbage container or bag.

Best Buy, Future Shop and Ikea accept alkaline batteries for recycling at their retail stores. No purchase is necessary. Please note that Best Buy and Future Shop also accept rechargeable batteries.

There are some private companies in Vancouver accepting alkaline batteries for recycling.

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation
2150 Maple Street
Vancouver, BC
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
*Free to drop-off batteries.

Vancouver Battery
2192 W. Broadway (Yew & W. Broadway)
Vancouver, BC
(604) 737-8463
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6:30pm /  Sat 10am-2pm
*small fee for alkaline batteries

Rechargeable Batteries:

Log onto www.rbrc.org for locations to drop off rechargeable batteries.


There is an excellent program in place for recycling old cell phones. The program benefits local food banks. You can log onto their website to find the closest location to your house: www.think-food.com.


Computers, computer components and televisions:

A province-wide end-of-life electronics recycling program is available to BC consumers and businesses. You can drop off regulated products at designated collection sites free of charge, and be assured they will be recycled responsibly. The program essentially covers computers, computer peripherals and televisions. For more information on the program and to find the depot closest to you, log onto http://www.encorp.ca/electronics/locations. For your convenience, I have listed the three depots currently accepting this material in Vancouver:

Regional Recycling
(604) 689-4722
960 Evans Avenue, Vancouver
(2 block north of Terminal, opposite Home Depot)
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm / Sun 9am-5pm

Salvation Army
(604) 874-4721
261 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30 **call first

Vancouver Central Return-It Depot
(604) 434-0707
2639 Kingsway Avenue, Vancouver
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm/Sun 10am-5pm

Electronic Recycling Association
#38 East 69th Avenue, Vancouver
(604) 215-4483
Hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
Drop offs are only accepted during business hours.

To make it convenient for everyone to donate their laptops and computers, the following depots accept computers and electronics on behalf of the ERA:

  • HBC – ZELLERS – Accepts computers and laptops for donation ONLY. Do not bring TVs or Appliances to these locations.
  • Landsdowne Shopping Centre, 8311 Landsdowne Road, Richmond
  • Scottsdale Mall, 7155 120th Street, Delta
  • Metropolis Center, 4545 Central Boulevard, Burnaby

Free Geek Vancouver also takes old computers free of charge and can recycle CDs and DVDs.

1820 Pandora Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 1M5
604-879-GEEK (4335)


Other electronic equipment is not covered under the provincial recycling program. Accordingly, they can be disposed of as waste. We do know of a company which accepts a variety of electronics for recycling. In most cases, it is free to drop off materials at their various sites. They are called Techno Trash Recycling: www.technotrashrecycling.com (604) 893-8901. You must call before dropping off materials.


Used furniture (in decent condition) can be donated to the HomeStart Foundation.  http://www.homestart.ca.  They may even come pick it up depending on your time and location.

Further questions can be directed to:

Recycling Council of British Columbia
Tel: (604) 683-6009

RCBC Mission Statement- Approved June 2006
The Recycling Council of British Columbia is a multi-sectoral non-profit organization promoting the principles of Zero Waste through information services, the exchange of ideas and research.


Most unused stuff that comes out of your medicine cabinet should never be thrown in the garbage or washed down the sink.  Please take these items to your pharmacy.  If in doubt, don’t throw it out.


Paints, solvents and other hazardous chemicals are covered under the Product Care program, a province-wide recycling program for household hazardous wastes including household paint, flammable liquids and aerosols, domestic pesticides, and gasoline.  Because the program is in place, these items are banned from the landfill. The Vancouver location for disposing of paint and flammable liquids is:

East Van Bottle Depot
2305 Kaslo Street, Vancouver
Hours: M-Su 9:00am-6:00pm

All products must be in the original container (except for solvents such as paint thinner), with the original label and sealed.  Up to 10 containers can be dropped off per visit, with a maximum volume per  container of 5 gallons for paint and 10 L for solvents. Solvents must be contained within metal containers (empty paint cans), well sealed and labelled.

New Ventures BC competition announces advancing companies

If you didn’t think money was available for early stage companies in BC, start by considering the 2009 New Ventures Competition organized by New Ventures BC. They award impressive chunks of money to innovative starts, and many of these companies do quite well.

New Ventures BC

They have just announced the companies advancing to round two. Keep your eye on these companies — they are bound for great things, and they’re right here in BC.