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Posted on: March 8, 2022

Large New Regional Depot Adds to Coquitlam Recycling Options

United Boulevard Recycling and Waste Centre

COQUITLAM, B.C., March 8, 2022 – Coquitlam residents wanting to up their recycling game will want to check out the expansive new regional depot opening next week on United Boulevard. 

Metro Vancouver’s new United Boulevard Recycling and Waste Centre opens Monday, March 14 at 995 United Blvd., a kilometre west of the existing Coquitlam Recycling and Waste Centre. The Coquitlam Recycling and Waste Centre located at 1200 United Boulevard will close Saturday, March 12 at 6 p.m.  and there will be no service available at either facility on Sunday, March 13. 

With reduced wait times, better traffic flow and three times the recycling space, the new regional facility will offer Coquitlam residents a convenient new centre with enhanced recycling and waste drop-off options, in addition to the City’s various curbside recycling programs and Town Centre Depot. 

Coquitlam residents are avid recyclers, diverting 71 per cent of household waste from landfills through recycling and green waste programs, compared to a regional average of 64 per cent. 

Features of New Regional Facility

Operating on 6.2 hectares (15.5 acres) of land, the new facility will continue to serve residential and commercial customers for recycling, garbage and green waste, including free green waste drop-off for Coquitlam residents with proof of residency – details on this program can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/yardtrimmings

The new facility will feature a large full-service recycling depot, located ahead of the weigh scales, for the free drop-off of recyclables including flexible plastic packaging, plastic bags, beverage containers, cardboard, books, textiles, batteries, expanded polystyrene, light fixtures, cooking oil, paint products, pesticides and gasoline, propane tanks and electronics and more. 

A link to the new facility can be found here, United Boulevard Recycling and Waste Centre.

Coquitlam Recycling Services and Resources  

The City supports improved recycling with resources and services such as:

  • Large Item Pickup program (www.coquitlam.ca/lipu) allows residents to book up to four large items for curbside collection each year (mattresses and scrap metal items are recycled);
  • Town Centre Recycling Depot for free drop-off of household recycling, Styrofoam, household batteries, plastic bags and books;
  • Coquitlam Curbside Collection app, available free through the App Store or Google Play, provides personalized curbside collection schedules, reminders and the Waste Wizard, a waste-sorting search engine available at  www.coquitlam.ca/recollect; and 
  • Seasonal unlimited yard trimming collection (www.coquitlam.ca/yardtrimmings) for six weeks each spring (April 4 to May 13 in 2022) and fall for households receiving City curbside collection.

More information about these services can be found here, www.coquitlam.ca/trashtalk.

Curbside recycling in Coquitlam is provided free to residents by Recycle BC. Go to www.recyclebc.ca/coquitlam to access your collection schedule online, search for depots and sign up for reminders.

Sign Up for Handy Collection Day Reminders

For reminders on your curbside collection schedule – including changes for statutory holidays and additional seasonal yard trimmings collection – visit www.coquitlam.ca/trashtalk to set up notifications. Or use your smartphone to download the Coquitlam Curbside Collection App for free; visit your app store and search “Coquitlam Curbside Collection.”

Media contact
Shannon Hadley
Solid Waste & Special Projects Manager
604-927-3500
wastereduction@coquitlam.ca 

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