Facility Closures

Contact facilities directly to ensure they are open during the COVID-19 health emergency and learn about changes to their drop-off procedures.

Store for now – if you can, please store any waste that won’t rot or attract animals. Visit Recycle BC for storage tips for recyclable materials.

What would you like to Recycle?

Tetra Paks (non-refundable)

soup, broth, soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk
Tetra Paks (non-refundable)

Residential tetra paks (from broth, milk, milk alternatives, etc.) can be recycled for free through the provincial Recycle BC program. In the Capital Region this is available through the curbside blue box recycling program as well as some drop off locations.

Refundable tetra paks are managed through the beverage container return program. See the listing for Beverage Containers (refundable) for the location of collection facilities in the region.

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How do I go green?

Larger cartons now come with resealable lids. Instead of purchasing a supply of small cartons, get a large one and drink from cups or refillable containers. Switch to glass bottles, where your empty bottles will be reused at least a dozen times before re-entering the recycling cycle.

Cutting open Tetra Pak drink cartons reveals the silver interior, which can be a desirable material for kids crafting projects.

Residential tetra paks are accepted in the curbside blue box recycling program and for free at Recycle BC Depots found here.

Rinse, remove the caps and flatten.  

Contact facilities listed below regarding size limits and charges.


  • Alpine Bottle Depot

    1045 Dunford Ave

  • CRD Curbside Blue Box Recycling Program


  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island

  • Grocery Stores

  • Gulf Island Recycling Service

    Salt Spring Island

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue

  • Island Return It, Esquimalt

    935 Ellery

  • Island Return It, Sidney

    5-10025 Galaran Road

  • Pacific Mobile Depots (PMD)

    6215 Marilyn Rd

  • reFUSE

    304 John St

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island

  • Saturna Island Recycling Depot

    101 Harris Road
    Saturna Island

  • Sooke Bottle Depot

    2032 Idlemore Road

  • South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association Recycle

    1625 Bank Street

  • The Environmental Story

    Tetra Pak cartons are a lightweight, easy to store and transport alternative to glass or plastic vessels.The construction of paper from sustainable forest sources, layered with aluminum and polyethylene allows for long term food preservation at room temperature. Billions of Tetra Pak cartons have ended up carelessly thrown into the trash, but over the last few decades many moves have been made to recycle this composite material. Used Tetra Paks are sent to facilities that separate the composite materials through a soaking process, the paper slurry is used to produce new paper products and the foil and polyethylene is skimmed off for further recycling.