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Reduce, Reuse, Recyle

So you want to do your part and recycle, but you don't know what you can recycle where.  Great!  We've tried to create a complete list of what you can recycle in the Sooke Region or the next closest location.  If you know of something we've missed or something's changed please let us know.  If you are really interested in reducing waste, you may also want to connect with the Zero Waste Sooke folks to share ideas with like minded people.

For more information on recycling in general check out the Capital Regional District's website at CRD RecyclingThis is where you will also find information on how to get new blue boxes and the blue recycling bags.

Composting:

Courses & workshops (Not offered at this time) Periodically check with Sooke Region Food CHI, P.O. Box 807, Sooke, BC V9Z 1H8 or info@sookefoodchi.ca, or Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Road, Sooke B.C. P.O. Box 1010 V9Z 1J1, 250-642-6371 and

Compost bins and containers can be purchased at Sooke Home Hardware, 6626 Sooke Rd, Sooke, 250-642-6366

Garbage Pick-up:

Sooke Disposal & Recycling: A company based within the District of Sooke and picks up garbage in the Sooke Region Please note * Our yard is closed at 6228 Sooke Road, Sooke.  Office location: 7856 Tugwell Road, Sooke (no drop off available at this time). 250-642-3646

Alpine Disposal:  A company based in Langford and picks-up garbage in the Sooke Region. 250-642-4040

Recycling locations within the Sooke Region:

  • Antifreeze, filters, oil containersSooke Auto Recycling, 6228 Sooke Road,
  • Batteries (Automotive, motorcycle & marine): A&P Garbage Drop Off and Recycling, 250-642-4456 Mon to Sat 9to 5:00, Sooke Disposal & Recycling Office location: 7856 Tugwell Road, Sooke (no drop off available at this time).
  • Batteries (household rechargeable & non-regarcheable):  Sooke Home Hardware, 6626 Sooke Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A4, 250-642-6366
  • Books (gently used books, nothing out of date): Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sooke Location, 2065 Anna Marie Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A4, 250-642-3022. The books are used to help raise funds for the library and/or to add to their collection. Please read their policy for additional information on the link above.
  • Bottles that require any kind of returns: Village Food Market, Suite 103-6661 Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 0A1, (250) 642-2734. and Western Foods, 6660 Sooke Rd. Sooke, B.C. 250.642.4134, Return-It Centre, Idlemore Road, Sooke
  • Cell phones:   Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, 6660 Sooke Road, 250-642-5229; Peoples Drug Mart, 8-6716 Sooke Road, (250) 642-2226, Sooke Home Hardware, 6626 Sooke Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A4, 250-642-6366 (Lions Club boxes).  EMCS where the Robotics team are offering free recycling for small electronics and cell phones and sending them off to be recycled in a sustainable way and using the proceeds for their robotics projects.
  • Clothing (good, clean, used) donations: St. Vincent DePaul Store, new location in Hope Centre on West Coast Road, (250) 642-7846; also Sooke Family Resource Centre, 2145 Townsend Road, accepts donations to their clothing exchange cupboard as well as their new SFRS Community Thrift Store, 6715 West Coast Road,
  • Commercial Recycling Pick-up:  Alpine Disposal, Sooke Region, 250-642-4040
  • Craft scraps: For art projects Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sooke Location, 2065 Anna Marie Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A4, 250-642-3022, also check with each of the local schools.
  • Creams, lotions & over the counter products that are expired:  they are collected and sent to an incineration site rather than have them leach into the water table from landfills, Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, 6660 Sooke Road, 250-642-5229 and Peoples Drug Mart, 8-6716 Sooke Road, (250) 642-2226,
  • Electronic Products Pacific Mobile Depot or PMD:  6215 Marilyn Pl Sooke, BC V9Z 0X6. For more information ask at the store or check out the partnering Return-It website. Also consider,  EMCS where the Robotics team are offering free recycling for small electronics and cell phones and sending them off to be recycled in a sustainable way and using the proceeds for their robotics projects.
  • Eye Glasses:   Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, 6660 Sooke Road, 250-642-5229; Peoples Drug Mart, Suite 8-6716 Sooke Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A5, 250-642-2226
  • Fluorescent tubes & all light bulbsSooke Home Hardware, 6626 Sooke Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A4, 250-642-6366
  • Food Bank Collection: Peoples Drug Mart, Suite 8-6716 Sooke Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A5, 250-642-2226; Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, 6660 Sooke Road, 250-642-5229 and both grocery stores.
  • Glass: Blue Box Program (free) Sooke Disposal (small fee),
  • Hearing Aids:  Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, 6660 Sooke Road, 250-642-5229; Peoples Drug Mart, Suite 8-6716 Sooke Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A5, 250-642-2226
  •      Household (used) goods & furniture re-sale: Sooke Buy & Sell, 2047 Otter Point Rd.(250) 642-6245, Please call ahead,
  • Ink & Toner cartridges: Not currently recyclable in the Sooke Area - see below for the closest location.
  • Metal (appliances, auto parts, lawn mowers, etc.): Sooke Disposal and A&P Garbage Drop Off and Recycling, 250-642-4456 Mon to Sat 9to 5:00
  • Motor oil & anti-freeze (used): Sooke Auto Recycling, 6228 Sooke Road,
  • Paper/mixed paper & cardboard: Blue Box Program (free) Sooke Disposal (small fee)
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  • Plastic Bags (grocery bags only), Re-using:  Sooke Family Resource Society's Clothing Exchange, 6672 Wadams Way, 260-642-5152, also check with the SFRS Community Thirft Store and St. Vincent de Paul stores.  Recycling: Village Food Market, Suite 103-6661 Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 0A1, (250) 642-2734. Western Foods, 6660 Sooke Rd. Sooke, B.C. 250.642.4134,,
  •        Plastic (every kind, grocery bags, wrappers, zip lock bags, styrofoam, etc.): Pacific Mobile Depot or PMD:  6215 Marilyn Pl Sooke, BC V9Z 0X6
  • Pop & Juice containers (of type sold in each store): Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, 6660 Sooke Road, 250-642-5229, Western Foods, 6660 Sooke Rd. Sooke, B.C. 250.642.4134, Village Foods; All types: Return-It website Idlemore Road
  • Printer Ink Cartridges: unknown at this time
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  • Smoke DetectorsSooke Home Hardware, 6626 Sooke Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A4, 250-642-6366
  • Prescription Medicines: they are collected and sent to an incineration site rather than have them leach into the water table from landfills, Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, 6660 Sooke Road, 250-642-5229 and People Drug Mart, Suite 8-6716 Sooke Rd, Sooke BC V9Z 0A5, 250-642-2226;
  • Plastics/food containers: Blue Box Program (free) Sooke Disposal (small fee)                                                                                                                    
  • Scrap Metal: Sooke Auto Recycling, 6228 Sooke Road, Sooke Rd, 250-642-4206;
  • Used Appliances: Sooke Auto Recycling, 6228 Sooke Road, Sooke Rd, 250-642-4206, A&P Garbage Drop Off and Recycling, 250-642-4456 Mon to Sat 9to 5:00
  • Tires (only 4 at a time) Dumont Tire, 2079 Otter Point Rd, Sooke (250) 642-6665, and Westcoast Tire, 4730 Sooke Rd, Victoria, (250) 642-4044

Accepting Donations:

  • Sooke Crisis Center, 2043 Church Rd, Tuesdays & Friday 10-1, please call Liz & Joan at 250-642-0215. Primarily (clothing for men,  work socks for men, clothing for women; winter cloths, toilet paper; food, noodles, can goods; sleeping bags, blankets, dog & cat food). Please call first with regards to furniture and school supplies during mid-August.
  • Sooke Family Resource Society, 2145 Townsend Road, Sooke, 250-642-5152  The clothing exchange is open to all community members, and provides clean seasonal clothes for all ages and sizes free of charge. We accept ONLY clean and in good condition: clothing/footwear, bedding/towels, small household items, toiletry/jewelry. Hours: Mon. & Wed. 9-2, Fri. 9-12:30
  • Sooke Lions Club have boxes in both pharmacies for eye glasses and hearing aides. They are always looking for volunteers, please contact Jim Bailey at 250-642-3337
  • Sooke Transition House Society 250.642.2544 accepts donations of small necessities for women & their children starting new, toiletries, bedding, and clothing.

Beyond the Blue Box:

  • Pacific Mobile Depot or PMD:  6215 Marilyn Pl Sooke, BC V9Z 0X6  PMD takes many things that the Blue Box program does not take, including: soft plastics, polystyrene foam packaging, sytrofoam insulation, foil-lined bags, some electronics & milk/soy drink boxes and cartons. Note: These containers must be rinsed with soap & water.   Hints:  Whenever possible reuse plastics & reduce packaging; squash big bottles & stack tubs. Electronic fees are based on weight and plastics on volume. The more you compact the plastics and foam, the less you pay.

For items not recyclable within the Sooke Region, check these out:

  • Gadget Graveyard:  4234 Glanford Ave.  Mon-Fri. 8:00 – 4:00 all electronic devices 100% recycled.  Fee $2.00 or less!
  • Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store  849 Orono Ave in Langford (off Jacklin) accepts and sells furniture, appliances, building supplies, hardware, tools and more.  Free pick up of large items 250 386-7867
  • Ink and Toner Medic Westshore Town Center Langford 250 474-2540
  • Salvation Army Store 307 Island Hwy for computers, printers, electronics and small appliances
  • Williams Scrap Iron & Metals Inc., 2690 Munns Road, Victoria 250-479-8335-Pays cash for (or you can buy) copper, brass, aluminum, steel & iron

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