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Recycling Drop-Off Services

In addition to Curbside Recycling, residents can take advantage of a variety of household hazardous waste, yard and garden waste and recycling drop-off opportunities provided by the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange ( NRE ) at 2477 Kenworth Road. They are generally open 7 AM to 7 PM daily, except for Christmas Day. To contact them and confirm hours of operation call 250-758-7777.  The same basic products as those collected by the City's curbside recycling program are accepted at the NRE drop-off, plus glass food and beverage containers. Glass is only collected at the NRE drop-off facility. Glass is not collected as part of the curbside service. Preparation of residential based household paper, cardboard, metal and glass food and beverage containers, and plastic household containers is as outlined in the Recycling Guide. See the information below, which outlines some of the additional services provided to the community by the NRE.

Other recycling and reuse opportunities exist as outlined under the heading of Recycling/ Disposal Alternatives and in the Regional District of Nanaimo Recycling Directory.

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange ( NRE )

The Nanaimo Recycling Exchange at  2477 Kenworth Road provides a one stop shop for a variety of reuse and recycling needs and a great source of helpful information.  These include:

  • Drop off facilities for recyclable household paper, cardboard, metal, plastic and glass containers
  • Household paint disposal and exchange, disposal of pesticides, solvents, propane tanks and old gasoline, as well as associated empty containers
  • Cooking oil
  • Collection and recycling for antifreeze, used motor oil and oil filters, vehicle tires, household batteries. ink jet cartridges, fluorescent light tubes and ballasts, scrap metal and propane tanks
  • Residential only yard and garden waste drop off
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood waste and treated lumber
  • Computer, home audio and video equipment, cell phones and other electronic device recycling service
  • Small electrical tools and appliances - toasters to tooth brushes 
  • Educational displays 
  • Gardening and composting displays
  • A Community Reuse Market for smaller household goods and a Surpluses Exchange for larger items or quantities of items

Services provided may change and differ from what is provided on this website.
Fees may apply for some items or services.

For more information call 250-758-7777

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