Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling

Free Store

Free Store: Fall/Winter hours October-April

Monday 10 - 2 and Thursday 1- 5 pm 

Ginja requests you drop off outstanding items only i.e. clean, usable clothing and household items. Please, NO food, garbage, recycling, TV’s, soft foam, batteries, electrical devices, mattresses or hazardous materials ie: chemicals, fluorescent light tubes, prescription/non-prescription drugs, or pills in general.

If you have an item that isn't accepted but could be useful to someone, post an ad on this website (it will automatically be forwarded to the Lasqueti e-list) or use the Buy, Sell and Trade bulletin board beside the Free Store front door.


Recycling     Lasqueti Recycling Depot


The Recycling Centre is located behind the Free Store.

Current opening hours are Mondays 10 am - 2 pm and Thursdays 1pm - 5pm,  All recycling is monitered by depot staff. The Recycling Centre accepts clean and dry household recycling like hard and soft plastic, chip bags, feed bags, tin cans, glass, paper, and cardboard. Items such as clean egg cartons, nursery pots, or corks, are sometimes collected separately and diverted for reuse by locals. Keep an eye out for specially-labeled collection bins that identify items currently wanted for local reuse.

The Recycle Depot in Parksville accepts a range of additional materials, including appliances, paint, and electronics. The Church Rd. Transfer Station accepts car batteries for a fee.

For more details on what can be recycled check the Recycle BC website, or the BC Recycling Hotline: 1-800-667-4321

Residual waste

Lasqueti has no garbage disposal facilities. 

Please minimize the waste that you produce. Visitors are encouraged to pack their garbage out when they leave. Household and construction waste can be disposed of at the Church Rd. Transfer Station in Parksville.

The Lasqueti Landfill is officially closed. For now, you’ll have to hang on to your large appliances, metal and tires until we figure out where they are going to go. Hopefully, we’ll have it sorted in Spring 2020.

The new trash removal system began on December 5th, 2019 on a 12-month trial basis.  Waste will be accepted for collection on the first Thursday of the month, from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Keith’s barge at the Barge Ramp, Weldon Road. If weather is unfavourable for travel on the first Thursday of the month, or it falls on a Holiday, the service will be provided the following Monday at the same time.  The trash ends up at the Nanaimo Regional district landfill, at an additional 20% surcharge because we are not in their district (paid for by the qRD taxpayer.)

Accepted waste is defined as “Lasqueti Island residential waste” and means refuse that originates from residential, commercial and institutional sources but does not include Construction, Renovation and Demolition Waste, Prohibited Waste, Recyclable Materials, Organics or Stewardship Materials. $5 per bag, $25 per truckload. Mattresses and box springs $15 each. Please do not ever leave your garbage at the barge ramp. 

“Construction, Renovation and Demolition Waste” means waste produced from the construction, renovation, and demolition of buildings, and other structures and may include, but is not limited to asphalt, bricks, concrete, roofing materials, wood, plumbing and electrical components.  Construction, Renovation and Demolition waste is accepted by Lasqueti residents at the Church Road Transfer Station.  Loads may be checked for possible asbestos etc. and residents will be billed the 20% surcharge for being out of region.

“Prohibited Waste” means gaseous, liquid or solid waste prohibited from disposal and may include, but is not limited to asbestos containing materials, propane canisters, waste oil or petroleum by-products.

“Stewardship Materials” means any waste or recyclable materials in an approved stewardship plan as defined in the Recycling Regulation of the Environmental Management Act (B.C. Reg. 284/2016) and may include, but is not limited to paint, batteries, electronics, waste oil, residential packaging and paper product.

Please bring your waste in clear bags which can be picked up for free at the Recycling depot for the first 3 months of the trial.

Tipping Fees:  $5 per bag or $25 per truckload. Mattresses and box springs $15 each. Bring cash please. 

Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, then Recycle are the 4 'R's that we live by here.
Please see these links for useful tips:

Return-It Beverage Depot open 24/7

Front left of Free Store. Accepts refundable beverage containers: beer, cider, pop, coconut water cans, boxed wine cartons (leave them intact), water jugs and tetra juice packs. No, milk containers and any kind of glass - please take these to the recycling depot.