Invasive Plant Drop Off (Wed, Fri, & Sat in MAY)

May is Invasive Plants Free Drop Off Month!   

Invasive plant material will be accepted every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in May at Sunshine Disposal & Recycling (4484 Franklin Avenue) between 10am-4pm.  Please make sure to transport your load securely to avoid the spread of plant material.

For more information go to the qathet Regional District’s Invasive Plant page OR call the qathet Regional District’s Maintenance Facility at 604-487-1380.

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Ocean Plastic Depot

On October 26th, BC’s first ocean plastic depot will open in Powell River.  The depot is temporarily set up at Augusta Recyclers and will be installed at its permanent location at the new Resource Recovery Centre when the site opens in 2022.

The Ocean Plastic Depot will target materials collected from cleanup efforts as well as legacy equipment from the marine sector to divert landfill waste and reduce oceanic plastic pollution. The Ocean Plastic Depot will provide a designated location for these materials to be properly contained and select items recycled. This infrastructure and ocean plastic diversion program is made possible through a partnership between the Ocean Legacy Foundation and qathet Regional District with funding from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Visit our Beach Cleanup page for more information.

To get involved or to ask questions, please contact Let’s Talk Trash at 604.485.2260 or email

Recycle Safe

What are you doing with empty propane canisters? Are you tossing your cell phone and laptop batteries into your blue bin? How about lighters or butane canisters? If yes—then potentially—you are causing explosions and fires at material recovery facilities and in collection vehicles, endangering the lives of BC’s recycling collectors and processors.

Follow these expert tips to rethink what you recycle and where. Help keep recycling workers, facilities and the environment safe from not-accepted, hazardous materials.

Problem Materials:
Here are some common items that when incorrectly disposed of, can harm or kill workers and cause damage or temporary closures to BC recycling facilities and waste transfer facilities.

  • Lithium-ion and household batteries
  • Single-use propane and butane canisters
  • Needles
  • Flammable liquids
  • Helium tanks
  • Knives
  • Flares
  • Electronics
  • Bear spray
  • Ammunition
  • Lighters
  • Paint

Read Warning Labels

Hazardous materials should not only be kept out of recycling bins but also out of the waste stream as well. Always read the label. Any product left in packaging that contains corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive components can cause major problems at the recycling facility and are often labelled with hazard text/symbols: CAUTION, WARNING, CORROSIVE, EXPLOSIVE, FLAMMABLE, POISONOUS or TOXIC.

Be Aware of Not-accepted Materials

Be mindful of what you put in your recycling bins and ensure it’s an accepted material and 100% empty—not something that is potentially explosive and deadly. The risk for fires or explosions is especially high for material collection vehicles and receiving facilities due to significant amounts of paper, as well as the opportunity for the items to be compressed, causing explosions. The combination of easily flammable material, plenty of oxygen and large amounts of material where sparks can smolder undetected for lengthy periods, makes the presence of hazardous material especially precarious. View the materials accepted in your curbside recycling bin as part of our program.

Find a Location to Recycle or Dispose of Safely

When a material is not allowed in the curbside bin, it doesn’t mean it can’t be recycled somewhere else. Find a disposal location so problem items can be processed safely. Visit to learn more and access the online depot search tool. You can also download the latest version of the free BC Recyclepedia App to search materials and find your closest recycling depot or contact the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667-4321 or 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).

Recorded Webinars: Burn It Smart Wood Stoves, Backyard Composting & more!

Let’s Talk Trash is very pleased to now be hosting educational webinars on Zoom with video recordings available following the live events.

Past Webinars

Burn It Smart: Wood Stove Info Session with WETT Certified, Ron Spreeuw of Valley Building Supplies, Powell River, BC

First three viewers to contact Let’s Talk Trash will receive a Wood Moisture Meter as a thank you! (

Link to Zoom Recording.

Webinar covers:

  • best wood & fire starters
  • Non-EPA vs Secondary Burn vs Catalytic Combustion stoves
  • clean burning techniques & thermometers
  • stove & chimney maintenance
  • house pressure planes & chimney drafts
  • Wood Stove Exchange Rebate Program 2021 qualifications for $400-$550
Ron Spreeuw is the Co-Owner and Vice-President of Valley Building Supplies, which his dad and uncle started in 1975. Ron is also Certified as Advanced Technician, Advanced System Advisor, and Wood Energy Technology (WETT) Inspector.

Biochar Amendment with permaculture teacher Ron Berezan

Link to Zoom Recording. Password: 7n*25?++

Biochar is a soil amendment with a long list of benefits:

  • carbon sequestering
  • creates habitat for healthy
  • minimizes the need to water gardens
  • creation of biochar generates heat (and thus can create electricity)
  • easy and inexpensive to create your own at home


 Composting 101 & Wire Bin Composters with Ioni Waisgluss  

Link to Zoom Recording.

Learn how to build your own composter, keep your bin safe from unwanted critters (including some bear resistance tricks), and get the most production out of your home-scale system. This session will also be recorded for later viewing.


Managing Garbage, Compost and Recycling in Bear Country with qathet Regional District’s WildSafeBC Coordinator, Krystle Mitchelitis.

Link to Zoom Recording.

Webinar includes information about:

– bear biology and behavior,

– bear proof vs. bear resistant bins,
– best storage practices,
– odor reducing tips,
– electric fencing, and
– safety practices during a bear encounter.

VIDEO Update: Resource Recovery Centre Project- Phase 1 complete!

Powell River’s Old Incinerator Site clean up:
Phase 1 has completed and Phase 2 is near completion.  Phase 3 will be starting in 2021!
Significant changes have happened on the 20 acre site located in the heart of town (across from the Willingdon Beach campgrounds).
Watch the 3 minute VIDEO update of the coming Resource Recovery Centre’s site.
Left behind ‘resources’ have been kept on site where possible and materials identified for functional upcycled art projects. First draft designs for the coming one-stop-shop recycling centre, Free Store, new transfer station, and education centre are on their way to completion.
For more information on all Phases of the project, see the qathet Regional District page.


Click for List of local Waste Services CONTACTS


Thrift Store – Hospital Auxiliary (Economy Shop) reopens November 2nd, 2020

– No donations for the first few weeks.
– Hours: 12:00 – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday

Tla’amin Recycling Depot Reopening September 29th 9:00 am 

– Regular hour.
– Please practice safe distancing measures and pre-sort materials.

Thirft Store update – Sept 17, 2020

-Hospital Auxiliary (Economy Shop) & Salvation Army Thrift Stores are CLOSED until further notice.
– MCC Thrift Store is OPEN (see store for hours) and donations are currently CLOSED as storeroom is full (see store for updates).


Effective August 4th, 2020. Participants please continue to use your green bins for organics collection and follow the garbage schedule for collection in your area.

The City of Powell River began an organics trial in October 2017 with 400 households having been selected for participation. Participants are now invited (starting August 4th) to use their green bins for organics collection (kitchen scraps and yard waste – refer to website for details). Collection is on garbage day.

*Currently, although there has been greater demand for participation, the City is not taking on any more households in its trial.


Effective Immediately the Augusta Recycling Depot has reopened to the public. The depot will be open from 8am to 5pm, Monday thru Saturday.

Please adhere to the following:
• Do not visit Augusta if you are not feeling well or if you have travelled out of the province in the last 2 weeks.
• Wait for your turn to access the unloading area, staff can only have a couple people unloading at a time so there may be a delay before you can offload. Please be patient and wait your turn.
• When dropping off recyclables maintain a 6 ft distance from any Augusta employee or other customers.
• Pre-sort your recyclables at home. It is important to drop off your recyclables as quickly as possible to try and alleviate any traffic congestion. Larger unsorted loads can be refused.


As of June 15th the City of Powell River will return to garbage tags for each bag.

Tags cost $2 per bag and are for sale at: City Hall, Quality Foods, Mitchell Brothers, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, Top of the Hill Grocery & Gas Bar, & Townsite Grocery Store.

No tags are required for recycling, and routes and scheduling remain unchanged.

Reminder to please have all curbside items on the curb by 7:30 am on your scheduled day to ensure there is no service disruption.

Town Centre Recycling Depot – returns to regular hours of operation – May 29, 2020

Town Centre Recycling Depot (next to Rona Building Supplies in the mall area) is now back to its regular hours of operation: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (excluding holidays).  Please pre-sort your recyclables.  One person per side dropping off.

Thrift Store Donations & Re-openings – May 22, 2020

Some local thrift stores are now open for donation drop-offs & will also soon be re-opening their storefronts to the public with more limited services.


Materials dropped off will be held 72 hours prior to sorting. The public is requested to avoid dropping off large volumes of donations.

  • Hospital Auxiliary Economy Shop7 days a week 10:00 – 4:00 (Drop off items at door next to main entrance door – see signs). 
  • MCC  Thrift StoreTuesdays & Saturdays 9:00 – 3:00 for donations (follow signs to new drop off door). No donation truck pick ups at this time.
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store – Not receiving donations at this time. Contact for more current updates. 604-485-2413

Store Re-openings:

Expect new safety measures to be in place limiting the number of customers in store, etc.

  • Hospital Auxiliary Economy Shop – June 1st (Mon – Fri 10:00 – 4:00)
  • MCC Thrift Store – May 26th (Mon – Sat 9:00 – 3:00)
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store – Still assessing re-opening strategy. Contact for more current updates.

Recycling at Staples Stores – May 15, 2020

Staples has suspended all its recycling programs due to considerations regarding public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staples recycling programs include, but may not be exclusive to: pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils, markers, and ink cartridges.  Please contact Staples for the most up to date information.

Medication Returns – April 21, 2020

Some pharmacies are pausing their medication return program. Currently, these include: Shopper’s, Save On Foods, and Rexall. Please check in with your pharmacy prior to drop off.

Compost Education Centre – Temporarily Closed – April 9, 2020

The Compost Education Centre (located in the community gardens behind the Community Resource Centre) is no longer open to the public for food scraps drop off.  Free food and yard and garden drop offs for volumes less that 20 pounds is still available at the Town Centre Recycling Depot across the parking lot from the CEC.  Loads up to 2 yards (excluding invasive species) can also be dropped off at Sunshine Disposal at 4484 Franklin Avenue (Wed, Fri, & Sat 10-4).

qathet Regional District MEDIA RELEASE: Recycling & Waste Facilities- March 27, 2020

Media Release re: qRD Recycling & Waste Facilities updates as of March 27, 2020.

SUNCOAST BOTTLE DEPOT (Return-It Program)- March 26th, 2020

There have been changes in depot operating hours:

Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 3:00 pm

Visit SunCoast Bottle Depot website for updates.

MEDICAL WASTE – in GARBAGE ONLY – March 26th, 2020

  • Ensure medical waste and products like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks and rubber gloves are placed in the GARBAGE ONLY
  • Ensure that ALL GARBAGE items are bagged, and not loose.

RECYCLING DEPOT SAFETY: Additional Considerations – March 26th, 2020


  • Do NOT visit a facility if you are feeling unwell, experiencing flu-like symptoms or have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus.
  • Consider if your trip is absolutely essential, or if it can wait.
  • If you have access to curbside collection, please use that service and do not go to recycling depots or waste facilities unless absolutely necessary.
  • Pre-sort your recycling to limit time spend on site.
  • Customers must observe social distancing while on site.

Please be patient as these measures are put in place to keep all residents, staff and contractors safe.

Recycle BC: No tissues, Disinfecting Wipes, Face Masks, Rubber Gloves, etc – March 26th, 2020

Recycle BC, the non-profit that manages curbside recycling, and the packaging and printed paper streams at recycling depots is asking for the following safety measures:

  • Ensure medical waste and products like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks and rubber gloves are NOT included in your recycling bins or dropped off at recycling depots.
  • Use local garbage collection provider for proper disposal methods of the above items (bagged, not loose).

Stay current with Recycle BC COVID-19 updates here.

Lasqueti Island FREE STORE CLOSED – March 26th, 2020

Please refrain from dropping off any materials at the Lasqueti Island Free Store, as it is temporarily closed.


MCC Thrift Store, the Salvation Army Thrift Store, and the Hospital Auxiliary (Economy Shop) have all closed and are not accepting donations.  Please store donations at home for the time being.


Residents involved in the curbside compost pilot project will no longer receive this service as of Monday, March 30th. Your Organics bin can be used to store garbage and roll to curb for curbside garbage collection.
Compost drop-off is still permitted at Town Centre Recycling Depot (keep volumes under 20 pounds). Please maintain distance from staff. No tissues or other materials that have had contact with human fluid, please.

WET WIPES in GARBAGE – City of Powell River Press Release March 23rd, 2020

Residents using wet wipes (sanitizers, baby wipes, etc) are asked to place them in the garbage.  Do not flush wet wipes. The City of Powell River has pulled three sewage system pumps for cleaning since the COVID-19 emergency began escalating because wet-wipes had plugged them up, according to Infrastructure Services Director, Tor Birtig. Click here for Press Release. Let’s Talk Trash Peak article (December ’19)

AUGUSTA RECYCLERS CHANGES starting March 20th, 2020

Effective immediately, Augusta Recyclers recycling depot has closed until further notice. All other operations and services including garbage, and yard and garden disposal are open. (Debit and Credit Card only, no cash as of March 24th).

GARBAGE BAG TAG CHANGES announced March 19th, 2020

City Resident Curbside Garbage Pick-Up: The first two garbage bags (per each scheduled pick up day) from single-family households do not require a bag tag. 

RECYCLING DEPOT CHANGES starting March 20th, 2020

All regional district recycling depots remain open, but residents are now allowed in only one at a time. Staff will monitor from outside. To avoid lines, city residents are encouraged to use their curbside recycling pick-up service. More details below.

Town Centre Recycling Depot:
New Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Only one person (per side) allowed in depot at a time.
One staff member only. Staff will monitor from outside depot.

All Other Rural Recycling Depots:
(Black Point, Van Anda, Gilles Bay, Tla’amin, & Lund)
Hours: No change.
Only one person allowed in depot at a time.
One staff member only. Staff will monitor from outside depot.

To avoid lines at depots, city residents should access the free curbside recycling pick-up service for all container and paper/cardboard recycling. Refer to the Waste Wise Guide 2020 for details, and information about other recyclables.

Sign up for email, text message, or voicemail notifications for:
– curbside recycling & garbage pick-up (City Residents only), and
– alerts on service interruptions, depot changes, and solid waste events (City and Rural Residents).

Contact Augusta Recyclers for changes or updates to their recycling depot & other services.

COVID-19 – Waste Services CONTACTS


Click here for COVID-19 Service Change UPDATES



In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Let’s Talk Trash recognizes there could be alterations to the region’s waste management services. We will be updating any changes to waste services as they occur. During this time, Let’s Talk Trash may be operating reduced office hours as we work more from home, but are still available at and 604-485-2260 (ext 308).

Sign up online for email, text message, or voicemail notifications for:

City Curbside Garbage/Recycling, and Curbside Compost Pilot Project,

and/or Recycling Depot updates and other waste management services alerts. Scroll down to ‘My Schedule.’

Other Waste Management Service updates or safety considerations for the region should be accessible through the following websites (and/or through related social media and other listed contact information). Refer to the 2020 Waste Wise Guide for more local resources.
  • City of Powell River – Curbside Garbage, Curbside Recycling, Curbside Pilot Composting Project, etc.
  • qathet Regional District – Recycling Depots, Compost Pilot Drop Off, etc.
  • Recycle BC – packaging & printed paper recycling program.
  • Sunshine Disposal & Recycling – Private Garbage & Recycling Pick Up, Yard & Food Waste Drop Off, BC Used Oil program, etc.
  • Augusta Recyclers – Yard Waste Drop Off, Garbage Self-Haul, Construction & Demolition Waste, Drop Off Recycling, Scrap Metal, etc.
  • Let’s Talk Trash – Zero Waste Events, Shoreline Clean Ups, Illegal Dumping, Wood Stove Exchange Program, Compost Education Centre, Waste Reduction Workshop, etc.

Please contact us with your questions.

Abby McLennan, Tai Uhlmann, & Ingalisa Burns (Let’s Talk Trash team)

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