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We’ve been listening, Galiano! And now that we are past the heavy traffic days of summer, the time has come to the give the community what you’ve been asking for.

Beginning October 8th, the fall/winter ReDirectory hours will be:

Friday & Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm

We look forward to seeing you here during our new opening hours with your donations for our shelves and your shopping baskets in hand!

A reminder…

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Due to the continuing uptick in COVID-19 numbers and the newly updated restrictions put in place by the BC Health Authority, we are returning to our policy of requiring that masks be worn by anyone visiting the GIRR site. This includes both the recycling depot, the Redirectory, and the GIRR property in general. The Masks Required policy is back in effect immediately.

Thank you for your cooperation and for working…

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A call out to volunteers who love repurposing, organizing, and who may even have interest in gardening & garden pots!
We have begun the process of turning jumbles of garden pots into tidy stacks making them more accessible for repurposing.


Summer is ramping up with island residents and guests coming through the center in higher numbers than in our sleepier seasons. The team at the depot are doing our very best to make your recycling experience peaceful and efficient.

With consideration of the recent changes in public health advisories and the outdoor nature of our facility, we have decided it is time to alter some of the temporary policies that…

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We are very happy to invite the community back into the Redirectory, GIRR’s repurposing store, beginning July 8th.

Our new hours of operation are Thursday and Sunday, from 11 am to 2 pm.

Masks will be mandatory inside the Redirectory store, and we ask that you respect physical distancing while on the property.

Many thanks to  the community for your patience during these months of closure. We look forward to receiving your…

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With temperatures expected to soar in the days ahead, we’re making a few adjustments to our regular routine at the depot for Saturday June 26th. We ask that you please come with your items PRESORTED as we will be limiting each household to 5 minutes in the recycling stations. Our hope is that this will allow things to move more swiftly and smoothly, reducing wait times in the line…

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Please join us on Sunday June 6th at 3pm for our 2021 Virtual AGM.
The AGM is open to all members in good standing.

Please find the Zoom meeting details at the bottom of this post.

The Zoom waiting room will be open 15 minutes prior to the meeting.
Please be patient as we check participants’ membership status and admit you into the meeting.
When you…

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Weather Closure

GIRR will be CLOSED on Saturday February 13 as a precaution due to inclement weather and to keep oiur staff warm!



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ICI recycling

GIRR will now be accepting all commercial PPP (Printed Paper and Packaging) materials on Thursdays 10 – 12. We will only be accepting ICI (Industrial, Commercial, Institutional) materials during these times.

Any recycling brought to us by a business is considered ICI by the CRD.

We are accepting cardboard on a fee for service basis, and refundables (Beverage containers and bottles, tetra packs, wine in a box, etc.) for no charge…

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Our blue box recycling contract with the CRD is for the collection and delivery of residential blue box recycling.  This is about two-thirds of our annual budget.

For 25 years, recognizing the challenges and costs Galiano businesses would face managing their own commercial (ICI) recycling, GIRR has by donation allowed commercial recycling at our depot during normal hours and has further accommodated businesses during this pandemic with additional opening hours…

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