Seasonal InformationFood Scraps Recycling in the Summer
Here’s How to Keep Your Green Cart Cleaner & Prevent Odours
Hot summer weather can speed up decomposition of food scraps, with more potential for odours and build-up on the sides of Green Carts. Keep green carts cleaner and reduce odours with the following tips:
- Line kitchen container with newspaper, a leftover paper shopping bag or a paper bag liner (available for purchase at local retail stores)
- Wrap food scraps in small amounts of newspaper or used paper towel before adding to kitchen container
- Sprinkle kitchen container with baking soda to reduce odours
- Consider freezing food scraps until ready to empty them into the green cart
- Wash kitchen container regularly
Summer Season is Here!
How to Enjoy the Outdoors & Still Preserve Our Beautiful Landscape
Planning an outdoor adventure this summer? Whether camping, hosting a park barbeque or picnic, here are some simple and eco-friendly tips to help take care of natural surroundings:
- Prevent overflowing receptacles by packing out what is packed in when visiting parks for picnics and barbeques
- Plan meals ahead in reusable containers
- Pack reusable plates, cups and utensils
- Use a fabric table cloth and fabric napkins
- Bring designated bags to sort waste, such as bottles and cans, food waste and garbage
- Bring items home for proper disposal if there's no garbage and recycling bins onsite
After Your Summer Adventures
Remember to take a detour to the Richmond Recycling Depot, located at 5555 Lynas Lane to drop off the following items for free!
- Flexible plastic packaging - plastic overwrap, zip top bags, crinkly wrappers
- Plastic bags
- Small and large propane tanks
- Propane camp stoves
- Electric air pumps
- Battery operated lanterns and headlamps
- Plastic tubs, jars and lids
- Plastic drink cups and lids
See the full list of accepted items at the Richmond Recycling Depot to learn more.New & Used Drywall Disposal
Wondering How to Safely Dispose of Your Drywall?
There is no curbside collection or Large Item Pick-Up program for this material as it requires careful handling. New and used drywall can be taken to the Vancouver Landfill, located at 5400 72 St, Delta, BC.
See the Transfer and Landfill Operations Drywall Policy for detailed instructions, rates and limits per customer.
Drywall that has never been installed (no tape, mud or paint) and is date-stamped after 1990 can be recycled at the Vancouver Landfill or Vancouver South Transfer Station. This material does not need to be bagged.
Used drywall requires careful handling and disposal, as drywall installed before 1990 can be contaminated with asbestos. It is important not to disturb this without protective equipment. Visit the Work Safe BC Drywall page to learn more about safe handling.
Used drywall must arrive at the landfill in plastic bags that are 6 mil thick, double-bagged and sealed. See Metro Vancouver's New and Used Gypsum Disposal page for full instructions and where to purchase these heavy duty plastic bags.
Save On Fees With Garbage Disposal Vouchers
Richmond residents may purchase a $5 garbage disposal voucher at any City facility. These vouchers are good for up to $25 in disposal charge value at the Vancouver Landfill only. Call 604-873-7000 or 311 in advance for more information.