Recycling Information

Thorsen Creek Recycle Depot

Thorsen Creek Recycling Depot is a one-stop recycling centre located at the Thorsen Creek Waste and Recycling Centre (751 Thorsen Road), between Bella Coola and Hagensborg.

Hours of Operation

Wednesday 8:30am- 5:30pm
Saturday 8:30am- 5:30pm

Contact: 250-799-5291 or

Thorsen Creek Recycling Depot accepts more than 30 different categories of items for recycling and is a drop off facility for most provincial Product Stewardship Programs.

Our Recycling Depot is staffed by a friendly recycling attendant who is available to asist customers.

All recyclables are shipped to the lower mainland for processing. We currently ship approximately one (1) semi-trailer load per month.

Ready-to-drink beverage containers can be recycled three ways:

  • Return to the local Return-It Depot for a refund.
  • Donate to local community organizations.
  • Include with other recyclable containers at the Thorsen Creek Recycling Centre. NO Deposit Refund.

Below is a list of recyclables accepted for free at our depot. Please note that rims must be removed from tires, or a $5.00 charge will be applied for each rim. Commercial-size tires are not part of the free recycling program and are subject to a charge based on size.


  • Residential Cardboard
  • Computers & Monitors
  • Paper (plain or coloured) residential only
    • Newspaper
    • Magazines
    • Catalogues
    • Phone books
    • Envelopes
    • Flyers
    • Junk mail
    • Household paper
  • Flammables (must be in approved containers)
    • Liquids only
    • Paint thinners
    • Other solvents
    • Camp fuels
    • Liquid adhesives with flammable symbol
    • Other flammables or solvents that have the flame symbol or wording similar to “keep away from open spark or flame”
  • Box Board (egg cartons, cereal boxes, Kleenex boxes, etc) Residential only
  • Aerosol cans
  • Cartons & Paper Cups – Residential only
    • Milk cartons
    • Ice cream containers
    • Cardboard containers that had liquids in them
  • All returnable Ready to Drink Beverage Containers, with deposit. (NO Deposit Refund)
    • Glass (eg. wine & beer bottles),
    • Tetrapaks (eg. juice containers
    • Plastic or aluminum beverage containers
    • Milk cartons
    • Milk jugs
    • Juice jugs
  • Plastic Containers – Residential only
    • Milk jugs
    • Juice jugs
    • Detergent jugs
    • Shampoo containers
    • Yogurt containers
  • Plant pots
  • Small Appliances
    • Microwaves
    • Toasters
    • Coffee makers
  • Glass containers – Residential only
  • Household Paint & Paint cans
  • Metal Containers
    • Soup cans
    • Dog and cat food cans
  • Household Herbicides & Pesticides
    Look for skull & crossbones and Pest Control Product Number (PCP)
  • Film Plastics
    • Plastic overwrap from furniture etc.
    • Plastic bags from stores, bread bags etc.
  • Gasoline in approved ULC containers only
  • Styrofoam – white or coloured ‐ residential
  • Oil, filters, containers etc.
  • Electronic Goods (TV’s, stereo’s)
    • All electric devices (plug‐in or battery operated)
    • Electronic toys
  • Antifreeze
    • Antifreeze jugs
  • Automotive Batteries
  • Light truck & car tires
  • Industrial and Marine Batteries
  • Thermostats
  • Rechargeable Household Batteries
  • Smoke detectors
  • Non‐rechargeable Household Batteries
  • Fluorescent/CFC bulbs
  • Non‐Ferrous Metals (aluminum , copper, brass, lead and zinc)
  • Light fixtures