Public Drop Off
Raven Recycling operates a free public drop off, making it easier than ever to recycle!
The depot is now open with new physical distancing measures, including a limit on the number of customers in the depot at any given time. If there are 5 customers in the depot please wait outside until one of them leaves.
We have also made the following changes to our public drop off area:
Donations of refundables can be dropped off outside the building. Milk cartons and tetra pack beverage containers can also be donated.
Paper is now sorted into three categories – white office, other paper products, and brown paper, which includes cardboard, boxboard and all brown paper.
Both hard and soft plastics, and non refundable tetra paks are now together in one bunker.
Going forward, we will no longer be collecting styrofoam as there is no viable market.
We appreciate your understanding and your dedication to recycling. We hope that these changes will help to shine a light on the importance of the other two Rs, Reducing and Reusing, which are more important than recycling to lowering our overall environmental impact.
Drop Off Hours
Our drop off area is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
A Note About Sorting
Recycling is a global industry with volatile markets. To ensure our materials are worth something, we have to sort items properly and keep contamination low.
Before you bring anything to Raven, make sure your materials are rinsed, dry and sorted.
Rinsing dirty containers (they don’t need to sparkle) before recycling, keeping paper clean and dry, and separating different materials (e.g. removing plastic packaging from cardboard boxes) goes a long way in helping Raven continue to recycle as much as possible.
What Do We Accept?
Most materials brought to Raven are hand sorted by our team. We do not use large sorting machines, so information about recycling in other areas of Canada do not necessarily apply to what we accept!
For small items (smaller than your hand) please try to keep them in a larger item so that we can recycle every bit you drop off. For example, small pieces of soft plastic could all go into a plastic bag and be recycled together in the “Soft Plastic” bin.
We accept the following items at our free public drop off area:
Cardboard, boxboard (i.e. cereal boxes, etc.) and brown paper bags
Mixed paper: coloured paper, newsprint, envelopes, magazines, etc.
White office paper: white letter, computer or copy paper and envelopes
Mixed plastics: hard plastic containers, soft plastic packaging, non-refundable tetra-paks (e.g. soup stock)
Refundable donations: donations of cans, bottles, milk containers and other ready-to-drink beverage containers
We DO NOT ACCEPT the following materials:
Polystyrene foam AKA Styrofoam
Non-refundable glass jars and containers (e.g. pickle or sauce jars, olive oil bottles, etc.)