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Metal Recycling in Vancouver

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Metal recycling is available for commercial businesses and residents located in Metro Vancouver.

But what a lot of Metro Vancouverites don’t know is that you can bring metal items to several recycling depots, either for free or a small fee.

Better yet, if you find yourself with metal items that you can break apart, taking the individual pieces to specific recyclers can yield you some extra cash!

Metal recycling is a highly profitable business so there are always businesses willing to buy scrap metal off your hands. For larger metal items such as appliances, check out your local recyclers. For example, at Canadian Mattress Recycling, we take anything metal (except for fridges) free of charge if you drop it off at our recycling depot located on Annacis Island. If you have metal items to add to your residential pickup, then it is a small $5 surcharge.

Metal Recycling: Why It Matters

If your first instinct is to throw metal items away in the garbage, you’re not alone. Many Vancouverites do not recycle their metal items, simply because they don’t know how important it is.

Aside from the cash you’d earn from recycling specific metals, here are other reasons to consider metal recycling.

Where To Recycle Metal in Vancouver

Recycling metal is easy as going to these companies. For larger items such as metal appliances you want to get rid of, consider renting a pick-up truck to take it to Canadian Mattress Recycling on Annacis Island, Delta BC. Else, book a residential pickup to let us help you remove your metal appliance from your home.

We’ve compiled a list of metal recyclers in Vancouver to get you started. The companies are listed in no particular order, and are not endorsements for the particular company. We recommend readers to do their due diligence, researching the companies that are right for them.

North Star Metal Recycling

Since 1950, North Star Metal Recycling has been taking both non-ferrous and ferrous metals for recycling. They also accept appliances and commercial metal waste. Their services help reduce the amount of metal dumped in local landfills.

Address: 1159 Franklin St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1J3

North Shore Metal Recycling

Rated 4.5 stars on Google, North Shore Metal Recycling is a recycling centre located in North Vancouver, British Columbia just off Pemberton Ave. Since 21982, they’ve serviced businesses and residents from the North Shore, Squamish, Whistler, and the Sunshine Coast. They take non-ferrous metals such as copper, brass, aluminum, and stainless steel. The company also offers pick-up services.

Address: 185 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2R4

West Coast Metal Recycling

A bit of a drive away from Vancouver is West Coast Metal Recycling. based in Langley City, the company accepts a variety of metals including copper, insulated wire, aluminum, shavings, and cast metals. Making a trip out to Langley to recycle hard-to-recycle materials is a great idea to avoid dumping them in landfills.

Did you know? The company was rebranded from R & P Metals, and have been in operation since 1966.

Address: 5771 Production Way, Langley City, BC V3A 4N5

Davis Trading Supply Ltd.

Davis Trading & Supply LTD has been involved in the scrap metal recycling industry since 1909. The junkyard, located in the heart of Vancouver, accepts all types of metal and recycles it on your behalf. They buy all kinds of metal, including aluminum, copper, brass, and wires.

Address:1100 Grant St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2J6

Capital Salvage Metal Recycling

Richmond and Vancouver Metal Recycler

Based out of 1919 Triumph St. Vancouver BC, Capital Salvage Metal Recycling has been in the industry since 1992. Their doors are open seven days a week and are available to contact through their website and email. They take all sorts of scrap metal such as copper, aluminum, lead, and zinc.

Address: 1919 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1K6

ABC Recycling

ABC Recycling has been in business since 1912. They have locations across Western BC, including Burnaby, Surrey, Terrace, Kelowna, and Grande Prairie Alberta. The closest location to Vancouver will be Burnaby or Surrey, where they recycle aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and brass. They’re open Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Canadian Mattress Recycling Inc. is a recycling centre located on Annacis Island, Delta BC. Since 2011, we have helped Metro Vancouver residents recycle over 25 million lbs of mattresses and furniture. We have also supported over 90+ organizations through donations and our blogging efforts. Read about the organizations we have supported in the past. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

Burns Bog Conservation Society

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In 2019, we donated our recycling services to Burns Bog Society. Burns Bog Society is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of Burns Bog, and the world’s peatlands. They provide opportunities for the community to interact with the natural environment at Burns Bog, such as tours and camps. We’re pleased to support an organization such as theirs, being located so close to home in Delta BC.

Learn more about the Society and Burns Bog on their website.

Canadian Mattress Recycling Inc. is Metro Vancouver’s dedicated mattress and furniture recycler based on Annacis Island. Since 2011, we’ve recycled over 25 million pounds of mattress and furniture, diverting them from local landfills. We’ve supported over 90+ organizations to date through our philanthropic initiatives. Read more about the other organizations we support here.

Where to Buy Used Furniture

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There’s a simple reason why more people are shopping for used furniture — they’re often more affordable than brand new ones.

But, there are other reasons used furniture has such an appeal. Nowadays, furniture decor come in and out of style quickly in modern big-box stores, while you will have a higher chance of finding something special in a used furniture shop. Sometimes shopping at a used furniture store lets you marvel at the craftsmanship of each item, from coffee tables to desks, and from ottomans to couches.

It’s not to say you can’t find quality items in a big-box furniture store. You can, but why limit yourself to the big chains?

Benefits of Buying Used Furniture


Where do I start?

Nowadays, a quick Google search is our first step.

But do you know how to fully explore the used furniture stores near you?

One way to really get a good idea of what’s available is to not only search for ‘used furniture store’ in Google, but to include keywords like ‘liquidators’, ‘thrift stores’, ‘consignment furniture stores’ and ‘antique furniture store’. Many of these stores carry used furniture carefully vetted by the owners for quality.

You can also start with the places carrying used furniture below.

Used Furniture in Abbotsford


Similar to Craigslist, is the Fraser Valley’s popular buy and sell online site. The site allows you to search by city, so be sure to type in Fraser Valley for the most accurate listings. Another option is to sort by items. If you’re looking for household furniture, you can search just for household furniture. Some listings we’ve found include cabinets, dressers, shelves, armchairs, and dining tables. Other listings include area rugs, coffee tables, and leather couches! Be sure to verify these listings before you purchase them. The benefit of searching on is that these items would normally cost an arm and a leg. However, now you are able to purchase them at a reasonable price.


MCC Thrift Shop is a branch of the Mennonite Central Committee, located in Abbotsford. All the goods the organization sells benefit their local humanitarian programs. Much like the Salvation Army, the thrift shop relies on donated goods for sale. If you’re interested in helping a local organization support people struggling from poverty, conflict, and distress from natural disasters, head to MCC Thrift Shop. Items in their shop include used furniture, home decor, and kitchenware.

Their store is located: 33933 Gladys Ave, Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E8


L.I.F.E.’s Second Chance Store often have used appliances and furniture for sale. Local residents donate good-condition furniture to the store so that they can support the society’s mission. A registered non-profit, L.I.F.E Recovery helps women overcome substance addiction. So if you’re in the area, be sure to drop by their Second Chance store to shop for used furniture, clothing, shoes, and other items!

The store is located: 31550 S Fraser Way #7, Abbotsford, BC V2T 4C6


Recommended article: Cheap Furniture Stores in Richmond BC


Used Furniture in Vancouver


Based in Vancouver, Anzico Hotel Furniture Liquidators sells quality used hotel furniture. They have it all, from chairs to tables to desks and drawers. What people don’t realize is that hotel furniture aren’t only good for hotels; they can be used for living rooms, offices, or bedrooms. Most of the items are available at a reduced price. They also offer delivery options. Their online website shows the products they have in stock.

Their address: 250 Terminal Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2L4


Consignment Canada carries mid to high-end upholstered furniture. The items are gently used and in good condition. What many people don’t realize is that while the items are second-hand, consignment stores like this one require all items in their shop to have resale value, and must fit their requirements to be sold. While you’re there, check out their artwork and jewellery sections.

A quick search on their website produces results including a teak table for $495 and a maple wood table for $895. Although pricier than most used furniture stores, you know exactly what you’re getting. Besides, buying used from a consignment store helps keep these well-crafted, antique pieces out of landfills.

Consignment Canada is located in North Vancouver. If it is a bit out of your way, consider making a day trip out to the North Shore. Who knows, you may find something extra special within your budget to complement your house!

Location: 171 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2R4


Turnabout Home, located at 3109 Granville St, Vancouver, is another furniture store that supplies used goods. They are similar to Consignment Canada in price — their furniture is not always cheap, but for the condition and quality it’s an acceptable trade-off. You can find gorgeous breakfast tables for $119.99, baby-blue swivel tub chairs for $599.99, and more. You can buy items online from their from their e-commerce store, and then pickup at their location in Vancouver.



One of the first places most people check for used furniture is Facebook Marketplace. However, did you know there are many stores in Vancouver and Abbotsford that carry gently used furniture? Compared to big box stores, consignment stores and hotel liquidators and thrift stores are treasure troves for those seeking timeless pieces. Also, used furniture stores help Metro Vancouver reduce the amount of furniture going into landfills. Many of these items are well crafted, timeless pieces, and are in need of a new owner. Many stores like the ones listed above carry furniture at a better price, and you can also shop for other items while you’re there. Who knows, you may be able to find a great deal on a nice piece of furniture for your home!

The companies mentioned in this post are not sponsored by Canadian Mattress Recycling. We are a local Delta BC company that takes pride in supporting the community around us. Often, we like to share information to help our readers navigate furniture and mattress shopping and recycling.

Rainforest Rescue

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In 2019, we donated $511.82 to Rainforest Rescue.

Prince Rupert Wildlife Rehab Shelter

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Prince Rupert Wildlife Rehab Shelter has been in operation for over 20 years. The facility has rescued, rehabilitated, and released thousands of birds and animals. The rehab shelter is the only one in the region – serving animals as far as Terrace, Kitimat, and Dease Lake. 

A cool fact about the shelter is that it is a volunteer service that operates 24 hours a day.

We’re delighted to donate $1,000 to Prince Rupert Wildlife Rehab Shelter.

Canadian Mattress Recycling Inc. is Metro Vancouver’s dedicated mattress and furniture recycler based on Annacis Island. Since 2011, we’ve recycled over 25 million pounds of mattress and furniture, diverting them from local landfills. We’ve supported over 90+ organizations to date through our philanthropic initiatives. Read more about the other organizations we support here.