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Toward zero waste

Zero Waste Vancouver

We're developing a zero waste plan for managing the flow of resources and garbage in the coming years, and we need your help.


Under the Greenest City Action Plan, we have set a target to reduce solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels.

To achieve this goal, we are committed to:

  • Keep organics out of the landfill by supporting food scraps recycling through education and enforcement
  • Reduce street litter and abandoned garbage in public spaces, including illegal dumping 
  • Implement a comprehensive litter management strategy
  • Expand our Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Strategy
  • Support Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge

Find your schedule

Collection schedules

Know when garbage, food scraps, and yard waste are collected by the City.


Sorting items for collection


Dispose of items the right way. Learn what goes in your garbage bin.


Learn more about recycling in your home.

Food scraps and yard waste

Food isn't garbage. Learn more about food scraps recycling and what other items go in your Green Bin.

Waste Wizard

Search by item to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it.

Play the waste sorting game

Test your waste sorting skills and see if you can pass multiple levels while building your own digital park!

Bringing materials to our facilities

City of Vancouver's recycling depots

Recycling and disposal facilities

Not everything can go into your collection bins. Find out how to dispose of items at one of our facilities.

Sign up, get supplies, and report problems to the City

City waste collection services

Waste collection services

Learn about waste collection services for residential properties in Vancouver. Find out how to sign up for City collection services.

Garbage and Green bins, recycling boxes, and recycling bags

Get bins, boxes, and bags

Get the garbage, recycling, and green waste supplies that you need, including stickers for extra garbage. Change the size of your bins.

Report missed waste pickups by the City of Vancouver

Report a missed collection

Were your items left behind? Some of the common reasons collections get missed and what you can do to prevent it from happening.


Abandoned garbage and illegal dumping

Help us keep your neighbourhood clean and safe by properly reporting abandoned garbage and illegal dumping.

The way garbage and recycling facilities in buildings are designed plays an important part in making Vancouver a sustainable city.

Garbage and recycling storage facilities

Get the developers' guide to building garbage and storage facilities to meet building code, and zoning and development bylaws.

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