Accepted Materials & Fees

The following materials are accepted at CVRD Recycling Centres & Garbage Drop-off Depots. Prices are subject to change without notice. The CVRD operates many drop-off depot locations within the region. For a comprehensive list of what goes where, check the Recyclopedia, an online searchable database.

Customers with commercial recycling must advise the attendant.

Garbage $140 per tonne / $5 minimum (Fee will increase to $148 per tonne / $7 minimum January 1, 2020) 
No recyclables. Loads containing recyclables will be fined. Contact attendant to check options. 
Asbestos Contaminated Materials NOT ACCEPTED Not accepted at CVRD facilities. Asbestos contaminated materials that are properly double-bagged in 6mm polyethylene bags, tied, and labeled are accepted at the Coast Environmental Boal Road depot. Victoria and Nanaimo landfills will also accept this material, by appointment only.
Air Conditioners
1st unit free. Each additional unit $15
Antifreeze & Antifreeze Containers


Antifreeze may be new, used or diluted. All types of containers accepted and may contain residual product.
Small Appliances
Free Includes toasters, coffee pots, kettles, clocks and more. Accepted categories include kitchen countertop, personal care, floor cleaning, weight measurement, air treatment, sports and leisure, power tools, sewing and textile, exercise machines, etc. Visit ElectroRecycle for a complete list.
Large Appliances  Free Includes stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and barbeques.


All disposable, rechargeable and cell phone batteries accepted.


No waxed cardboard (small quantities can be included with organics instead).
Cell phones & chargers
Cell phone batteries also accepted.
Couches & Armchairs  $300/tonne (~$15/couch) Upholstered furniture. 


Must be clean and reusable. Can include shoes, blankets and accessories.
Construction & Demolition Waste NOT ACCEPTED Unfortunately, it’s hard to know if you’re working with asbestos because it is often mixed with other materials. However, if you work in a building built before 1990, it's likely that at least some parts of the building will contain asbestos. If you are unsure, contact a qualified professional who can perform testing. DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE THE SUSPECT MATERIAL YOURSELF. Learn more about asbestos and how to protect yourself during renovations. 
 Containers Free Clean empty containers including tin and steel cans, empty aerosol cans, paper packaging that contained liquids (e.g. tetra paks), plastic jugs, bottles, jars, tubs, clear clamshells, garden pots and trays, and drink cups accepted. No biodegradable plastics, paint cans, propane cylinders, compostable plastics, foam plastics, glass, and paper packaging that contained dry goods. These are accepted separately.
NOT ACCEPTED Drywall is no longer accepted at CVRD Recycling Centres. However, drywall is accepted at private processing facilities within the CVRD and may be accepted at Victoria and Nanaimo landfills.  Be sure to phone ahead as special conditions may apply:

Coast Environmental
3015 Boal Rd, Duncan

Fisher Road Recycling
1355 Fisher Road, Cobble Hill

Cedar Landfill (Nanaimo)
1105 Cedar Road,
Nanaimo  250.722.2044

Hartland Landfill (Victoria)
#1 Hartland Avenue,
Victoria 250.360.3030

 Electronics Free TVs, computers, cables, e-toys, gaming systems and accessories, music equipment, cameras, calculators and scanners accepted. See full list of accepted items.
Fridges & Freezers
1st unit free. Each additional unit $15
Must be clean and empty.
Gas & Fuel

Maximum 25L per day. Must be in approved “ULC” container.
Clean glass containers (clear or coloured). No refundable glass bottles, lids, ceramics, mirrors, glassware, plate glass or metal (All are accepted separately. Ask attendant for details).
Insulation See 'Garbage' Fiberglass insulation must be double-bagged. Vermiculite insulation is NOT ACCEPTED at CVRD depots because it may contain asbestos. Use caution when handling vermiculite. See "Asbestos Contaminated Materials" at top of page for disposal information. Learn more about asbestos and how to handle it safely.
Lights & Lighting Fixtures
Free All lights and fixtures including flashlights, ballasts, LEDs, Halogen, incandescent and fluorescent, and string lights. Visit LightRecycle for a full list.
Lumber & Wood
$95 per tonne
Clean wood, plywood, particleboard, strand board, clean stumps and wood with paint on one side maximum. No treated wood, lead-based paint, arborite, melamine or linoleum.
Mattresses $13 per unit ($140 per tonne additional surcharge for contamination) Innerspring, latex foam, box spring, futons and mattresses. Soiled or contaminated mattresses will be subject to additional surcharge.

All types accepted. May have some plastics or rubber attached. Includes large appliances (eg. stoves, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers). No items containing fluids or oils.
Used Needles / Syringes  Free Must be in a hard plastic container with secure lid (such as a water bottle) and labeled. Check with attendant for disposal.

All engine, hydraulic and gear oil accepted. No furnace oil or creosote accepted. Maximum 20L per day.
Oil Filters & Containers
Free All sizes and types accepted. May contain residual oils.
Vegetable Oil
Free Used vegetable oil accepted. Must be in a sealed plastic container. 
Organics (Food Waste)

First 18L (5 gallon) pail: FREE
$112 per tonne

Includes kitchen scraps (cooked or raw), meat, fish, dairy, grains, vegetables, food soiled paper, paper towels, napkins, pizza boxes. May be contained in bags which are labeled 'Certified Compostable' only ('compostable' and 'bio-degradable' bags are not accepted). No animal carcasses, pet waste, offal or butchering waste, or personal hygiene products. Yard waste is accepted separately.
Outdoor Power Tools
Free Lawnmowers, snow blowers and gardening tools, corded or battery powered, fuel or electronic devices accepted.


All oil or water-based paints accepted. Limit of 10 containers per day. Maximum container size 25L. No unlabelled containers, tar-based products, rusted, leaking or bulging containers. Pesticides and paint thinners accepted separately.
Paint Spray Cans
 Free All oil or water-based paints. Limit of 50 containers per day. No unlabelled containers, tar-based products, rusted, leaking or bulging containers. Pesticides and paint thinners accepted separately.


Newspapers, cardboard, magazines, flyers, catalogues, phone books, writing paper, paper packaging that contained dry items accepted. No padded envelopes. Paper packaging that contained liquids, metal, plastic or glass containers are accepted separately.
Pesticides (Domestic)


Consumer pesticides. Must have both the poisonous (skull & crossbones) symbol and Pest Control Product (PCP) number on container. Maximum container size 10L.
Plastic Bags & Overwrap


Bags for produce, bulk and frozen foods; outer wraps and bags for personal hygiene products; bags for groceries, bread, dry-cleaning and flyers; bags for garden products; and overwrap on furniture and electronics are accepted. Ensure bags are empty, remove non-plastic items, stuff into one bag and tie closed. No crinkly cellophane wrap, potato chip bags or snack wrappers, plastic shipping envelopes, bags labelled biodegradable or compostable, multi-layer or laminated plastic packaging. Sort and separate plastic bags and overwrap from other flexible plastic packaging.

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Free Crinkly wrappers and bags for potato chips, candy, dried pasta, coffee and cereal; stand-up and zipper lock pouches for frozen foods, dried fruits, granola, dish detergent pods, oatmeal, grated cheese; woven and net plastic bags for produce; flexible packaging with a plastic seal for fresh pasta, pre-packaged deli meats, pre-packaged cheese; non-food protective packaging like plastic shipping envelopes, air packets, bubble wrap. Rinse and dry items and do not stuff or nest items into one another. No plastic squeeze tubes, 6-pack rings, biodegradable or compostable packaging. Sort and separate other flexible plastic packaging from plastic bags and overwrap.

Propane Tanks & Canisters


All disposable and refillable tanks accepted.
Refundable Beverage Containers
Free Refundable beverage containers including beer and wine bottles accepted.Note that no refund is issued for refundable beverage containers at CVRD depots. For a refund take beverage containers to a local bottle depot.
Roofing $120 per tonne
Asphalt, tar and gravel roofing shingles. No plastic, wood, or metal.
Rubble - Class 1
$75 per tonne
Asphalt, bricks, concrete, concrete blocks, paving stones, gravel and rock. No plastic, wood, metal or glass (accepted separately).
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms
Free All types accepted (including combination smoke/CO alarms and expired units).
Solvents & Flammable Liquids


Liquid paint thinners, solvents, camp fuels, liquid adhesives with flammable symbol. Must have a flame symbol or phrase similar to "keep away from spark or open flame" on the label. Maximum container size 10L or 660g aerosol.


Meat trays, foam egg cartons, drinking cups, foam cushion packaging. Must be clean and dry. No pink or blue insulation, foam packing chips or noodles.


All old mercury-containing thermostats and furnace thermostats accepted.

1st four tires free. Each additional tire $2.

Passenger car, light truck and bicycle tires accepted. Rims accepted (bicycle tires must be off rims). Maximum size 17.5” on or off rim. No inner tubes.
Vehicle Batteries
Free Car and truck batteries. All sizes and types of lead-acid units accepted.
Yard Waste


Grass, leaves and branches less than 3” in diameter accepted. NO rock, sod or dirt. NO stumps.

The following invasive plants are NOT ACCEPTED with yard waste:

  • Giant Hogweed
  • Knotweed
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Daphne/Spurge Laurel

Learn about free disposal options for these plants.

Note: some of these plants are extremely dangerous to handle and can cause burns, blindness and rashes. Learn more about how to identify and safely handle invasive species.