Waste collection for small businesses
Who collects it?
The City of Vancouver provides garbage, yard trimmings, and food scraps collection to existing small business customers. As of July, 2014, the City is not accepting new customers.
Small businesses must find private haulers to collect garbage, recycling, food scraps, yard trimmings, and waste from dumpsters. Get tips on recycling food scraps, beverage containers, and other materials, below.
Does a private hauler already collect your garbage and yard waste? Ask if they can also collect your recyclables and food scraps.
Start recycling food scraps from your business
In 2015, food scraps can not go in the garbage and landfill
A Metro Vancouver ban on disposing food scraps, yard trimmings, and other compostable materials in landfills and incinerators starts in 2015. This includes all raw food, cooked food, plate scrapings, and leftovers. By diverting these items from the garbage, they can help create compost soil for local agriculture.
Tips to start recycling food scraps
- Sort food scraps separately from garbage.
- Consider composting food scraps on-site.
- Hire a private hauler to collect food scraps .
- Does the City already collect your yard trimmings and garbage? We may also be able to collect your food scraps: phone 604-871-6443 and ask about the Green Bin Program.
Drop-off small amounts of recyclables at the Transfer Station
Have less than one pickup truck-full of recyclable materials per week? Drop them off for free at the City's recycling depot at the Vancouver South Transfer Station.
Recycle beverage containers at retailer or recycling depot
Return beverage containers that you paid a deposit on to a retailer or recycling depot for a deposit refund .
Apply for City yard waste, food scraps, recycling, and garbage collection services for multi-unit buildings, including apartments, condos, townhouses, and mixed-use (commercial and residential) buildings.
Learn how to apply to store a garbage or recycling dumpster on City property. Get information about the approval process, and how to maintain your dumpster.
Some types of waste are either not accepted at the Landfill or Transfer Station, or require special handling in order to be accepted for disposal. Learn more about hazardous waste and waste that requires special handling.
Find out what types of construction and demolition waste is accepted at the Vancouver Landfill in Delta.