April 22, 2020 News

The Recycling Depot will be CLOSED MAY LONG WEEKEND. We will reopen  Saturday May 23rd and Saturdays ongoing from 9:00 A.M – 3:00 P.M for residents and homeowners only. If you are an essential service business, please email me at galianorecycles@gmail.com.

The Redirectory remains Closed.

As we move through BC’s restart and loosening of restrictions, our activities at the depot will be fine tuned and tinkered with. However, our reality is that safely handling materials will look much like it does now at our depot for many months to come. Until there is new information, a vaccine, and the personal distancing restrictions are permanently lifted be prepared for this to be your new recycling experience.

If the line up is long, DO NOT BLOCK TRAFFIC ON STURDIES BAY ROAD. You will be directed to drive on.

There will be a short lineup inside the gate where you will be asked a few safety and logistical questions and may be turned away depending on your answers. Please answer honestly.

One vehicle at a time will be allowed into the parking area. Please be prepared to wait. It could be hours. The gate will be closed at 2 PM to ensure we can get through the backlog of cars. Earlier if we are already at capacity for the day. If you do get in, please don’t return for a few weeks to give others an opportunity.

Stay in your vehicle.

There is a maximum 10-minute time allowance for recycling. This means if everyone takes the maximum amount of time, we will only be able to service 36 vehicles.

Pre-sorting will ensure you take the least amount of time in the depot and won’t have to take some of your recycling back home if you exceed the time limit.

Please don’t bring all your recycling in one day. All the materials we receive must age for 5 days for safety before handling by staff, and we have limited storage capacity. This will also ensure we can service more residents. Please move quickly and efficiently when you are dropping off your materials.

Follow direction from staff and be kind to them and each other. We are doing our best to safely service your needs.

For your safety and theirs, staff will be unable to take items from you or assist you in your recycling. We will not be accepting lightbulbs, scrap metal, large appliances, and heavy/larger electronics, such as TV’s, for the time being.

You must METICULOUSLY CLEAN and PRESORT all materials. To maximize time, you may pre-sort refundables (except glass bottles), Styrofoam packaging, and plastics in clear see-through bags which can be left without emptying if items are correctly grouped together. (Eg. One clear see-through bag for plastic containers, One clear see-through bag for plastic bags, One clear see-through bag for Styrofoam packaging, One clear see-through bag for cans alcohol, One clear see-through bag for cans non-alcohol, etc.)

Please clean meticulously and use these general guidelines for sorting

Cardboard and Paper (Placed in the proper megabags)

  • Flatten all cardboard before coming to depot
  • Separate paper from cardboard


Glass Containers and Beer/Wine Bottles (sorted by you in Blue Bins at the back of the Depot)

  • Keep your glass together. NO broken glassware.


Plastics (These items will now be placed in separate plastic bags instead of blue bins when you arrive at the depot)

  • Plastic containers
  • Styrofoam packaging
  • Plastic bags and over wrap
  • Other flexible packaging. Crinkly, zip lock, stretch wrap, etc.


White Packaging Styrofoam

  • Broken into one-foot pieces and placed in plastic bags


Refundables (Sorted by you the regular way)

  • Cans alcohol
  • Cans non-alcohol
  • Plastic alcohol/non-alcohol/ Tetra Packs/ Wine in a box, etc.

We will be adjusting and altering systems as we find out what safely works and what doesn’t so please bear with us. The Covid landscape in the recycling world is an ever-evolving challenge as we learn to deal safely with your used and possibly contaminated materials. Things will change quickly. Stay up to date by continuing to check our website(galianorecycles.ca), facebook posts, and message boards on Island.