We all know where to put paper, bottles and food scraps for recycling. But what about other items like foam packaging, plastic bags and batteries? That’s where the Burnaby Eco-Centre comes in.
Located at 4855 Still Creek Drive, west of Douglas Road, and opened in 2013, it was the first such facility in the region at the time.
“We are determined to make it easy for every Burnaby citizen and business to reduce waste and to enjoy all of the associated benefits,” said former mayor Derek Corrigan during Eco-Centre’s initial launch. “This innovative, new addition to the city’s suite of public services will help us all to enjoy a clean, healthy environment in our city, region and beyond.”
Recycling is self serve, although there are staff members available to assist the public. In addition to the above, a number of organic materials is also accepted. For example, residents (proof may be required) are able to dispose of up to 100-kilograms of green waste — i.e. grass clippings, leaves, plants, flowers, weeds and small branches up to four inches in diameter — as well as fats ,oils and grease from food preparation that can otherwise plug drain lines and clog the sewer system.
Certain toxic liquids can be dropped off as well, including motor oil, antifreeze and other automotive fluids. Not paint, but empty cans and aerosol container are OK.
Starting this spring, the Eco-Centre is extending weekend hours through until Nov. 3. Monday to Friday and on statutory holidays opening hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
For a complete list of what to bring, visit www.burnaby.ca/City-Services/Garbage—Recycling/Eco-Centre.html.