Contact Us:
2477 Kenworth Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 5K4
Tel 250-758-7777
Fax 250-758-7789

Hours of operation:
Open seven days a week
Drop-off Recyclables:
      Mon-Sun 7:00am-5:00pm
Community Market:
      Mon-Sun 9:00am-4:00pm

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The Future of Recycling in Nanaimo

Here are some pictures of our proposed new site. We can’t build it without help. We are asking the City of Nanaimo and the RDN to fund construction. Let them know you believe in us and that Zero Waste is possible.

Help save the depot that takes all of your recyclables! Sign our petition in person or online. Send a message to the Mayor and City Council and the RDN Chair and Board of Directors.

Dear Mayor and Council,This letter is in support of the NRE. Funds are needed for the new facility. The City of Nanaimo and the RDN can be proud that the NRE is one of the few recycling centres in BC, and in Canada, promoting true Resource Recovery and Zero Waste.The NRE:
• Supports Zero Waste before profit
• Leads the way for recyclers
• Recycles items that no other recyclers take
• Keeps “hard to recycle” items out of landfill
• Educates residents
• Provides jobs and work experience for people who need support

We very much want to see the NRE continue to operate in our city, and expand recycling services and programs for the people of our community.

We respectfully urge you to vote yes to help the NRE.

Get behind this non-profit organization that has provided invaluable service to our community for many years.


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Click images for a larger view.

All designs by Checkwitch Poiron Architects Inc.














Support the NRE!

Time is running out for the NRE!

The Nanaimo Recycling Exchange(NRE) faces closure if local governments do not step in to provide financial support. The NRE does not own the property it currently occupies and will soon have to vacate. We need the City of Nanaimo and the RDN to provide funds for construction of a new facility.

With the NRE gone, the volunteers, workers, and all of the recycling that the NRE currently does will be gone. Volunteers and workers will have nowhere to go, and all of the recyclable goods will go to landfill. That means 15,000 tons a year of recyclable or re-usable material will end up in a landfill and over 100 volunteers and workers will have no place to call home.

We respectfully urge you to vote yes to help the NRE. Get behind this non-profit organization that has provided invaluable service to our community for many years.

For full details, please take a look at the link;

If you want to save the NRE, Tell the Mayor and Council!

If you want to save the NRE, tell the RDN Chair and Board of Directors

Or sign the online petition!


Winter Hours

Hello Everyone,

Starting October 15th  we will be switching to our winter hours, our hours of operation will be from 7am to 5pm seven days a week, the Market hours will be  from 9am to 4pm. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our valued customers and we thank you for your continued support of the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange!!


Annual General Meeting

Hello Everyone,

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on October 28th, located in The Country Grocer Community Room @ 1800 Dufferin Crescent (upstairs above the deli) at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and take part and support the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange! We hope to see you all there!



Changes to glass disposal

We are no longer accepting window glass, shower doors, patio doors, wooden windows, or mirrors. These products can be disposed of at the Regional Landfill at 1105 Cedar Rd. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your continued support of the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange!


Event Bins

The Nanaimo Recycling Exchange previously offered Event Bins for no charge. We no longer have the funds or ability to transport these bins to events in Nanaimo and the District. Apologies for any inconvenience. You are still welcome to collect your own recycling at the event and bring it in to us at the depot ! Thank you to your continued support of the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange !


Yard Waste price change

As of March 15, 2013 customers will pay a higher fee to drop off yard waste at the NRE. This is because yard waste is now composted; the result is rich soil that can be used in gardening and landscaping applications. But this does mean that the costs are higher for the NRE, and so we must ask customers to help absorb the cost.

The new fee scale is

$5 minimum drop off
$10 car or van
$15 regular truck or trailer
Overload rates apply

Thanks for your continued support!


Drywall Discontinued

As of November 1, 2012, the NRE no longer accepts drywall (gypsum board or gyprock) for recycling.  Alpine Disposal & Recycling at 2250 McGarrigle Road (off Northfield Rd) is accepting drywall for recycling.  Their fee for drop-off is $211/metric tonne, with a minimum charge of $10.  Alpine can be reached at 751-1089 for more info.


Our Market

The NRE Community Market has reopened its doors! The staff has been working hard getting the newly renovated Market organized and stocked with reusable household items and collectables. Check our daily sales including book sales, suitcase sales or $5.00 for a grocery bag of stuff*!

* excluding the usual electronics, books, individually priced items and showcase items.

Here’s a quick sneak peak of what you can expect when visiting the new and improved Community Market:


Thank you to our generous supporters!

Every donation made to the NRE helps us in our efforts to reuse and recycle.


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