Recycling

Recycling is an important part of minimizing the amount of waste disposed at regional landfills. Recycling services provided by the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District (SQCRD) are funded through taxation and the sale of recyclables. The SQCRD Depot, serving the North Coast and Haida Gwaii, is located in Prince Rupert. For Haida Gwaii, the main recycling depot is in the Village of Queen Charlotte.

Please take a moment to review the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District's New Residential Recycling Guidelines.

Recycling Depots & Drop-off Bin Locations — Mainland

Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional Recycling Depot 

251 Kaien Road
Prince Rupert, B.C.
Tel:  (250) 624-2455

Regular Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed Sunday and all Statutory Holidays

Residential recyclables are also collected at the following locations in Prince Rupert:


Overwaitea Foods
841 3rd Ave. W
Paper products and plastics

Canada Safeway
200 2nd Ave. W
Paper products and plastics

Recycling Depots & Drop-off Bin Locations — Haida Gwaii:

Queen Charlotte Recycling Depot
Ticker's Hauling

1205 Oceanview Drive
Queen Charlotte, B.C.
Tel: (250) 559-4141

Regular Operating Hours:
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Friday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Paper products, cardboard, tin, plastics, paint, engine oil and oil containers, batteries

Residential recyclables are also collected at the following locations on Haida Gwaii:


Islands Solid Waste Landfill – Port Clements
71454 Highway 16
Tel: (250) 557-9339

Regular Operating Hours
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
First Saturday of each Month: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
CLOSED all other Saturdays, Sundays and all Statutory Holidays
Paper products, cardboard, tin, plastics, paint, engine oil and oil containers, batteries

Drop-off Bins - Sandspit
Super Valu
343 Alliford Bay Rd
Paper products, cardboard, tin and plastics

Drop-off Bins - Tlell
Fire Hall
36542 Hwy 16
Paper products, cardboard, tin and plastics

Drop-off Bins - Port Clements
Fire Hall
35 Cedar Ave. W
Paper products, cardboard, tin and plastics

Drop-off Bins - Masset
Village Office, 1686 Main St
Paper products, cardboard, tin and plastics

Drop-off Bins - Old Massett
Public Works Yard
Paper products, cardboard, tin and plastics

Not Sure Where to Bring an Item for Recycling?

The SQCRD Recycling Directory for the North Coast provides residents and businesses in Prince Rupert and Port Edward with information on where to take a variety of materials for local recycling, reuse or safe disposal. To view the Waste Watchers' Directory: Prince Rupert and Port Edward, click here.

The SQCRD Recycling Directory for the North Coast provides residents and businesses Haida Gwaii with information on where to take a variety of materials for local recycling, reuse or safe disposal. To view the Waste Watchers' Directory: Haida Gwaii, click here.

The following items are not accepted for recycling at the moment:

• Hazardous waste

For the most up to date information, contact the BC Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667-4321 or visit their website and use the amazing Recyclopedia.

Bottle Depots

Bottle depots are provided through Encorp Pacific (Canada), and are part of provincially mandated stewardship program for beverage containers. Returns for refund can be made at one of the following locations:

Prince Rupert Rupert Bottle Depot
900 2nd Ave. W
Tel: (250) 624-5720
Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Closed Sunday and Statutory Holidays

Joe’s Bottle Depot – Queen Charlotte
3500 3rd Ave.
Tel: (250) 559-8410
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Friday :1:00 pm – 5:00 pm;
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Joe’s Bottle Depot – Masset
2072 Collison Ave.
Tel: (250) 559-8410
Wednesday to Saturday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

You can also return beverage containers to most retailers. Retailers often limit the number of containers accepted for refund. Empty milk, cream and milk substitute containers (plastic/cartons/jugs) may be recycled at your local bottle depots. Unlike other beverage bottles and cans, there's no deposit paid when you purchase milk or milk substitute products, so there's no refund when you Return-it.

Computer and Electronics Recycling

The Return-It Electronics program began in 2007. There’s no charge for the recycling of electronics, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines and television’s dropped off at the Regional Recycling Depot. On Haida Gwaii, the annual Electronics Roundup takes place in the fall at both ends of the Islands. Watch the newspaper for notice.

Batteries/Cell Phones

Cell phones can be returned to the place of purchase or at most electronic retailers. For a current list click here. The Regional Recycling Depot also accepts them.