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Zero Waste Vancouver

It’s time to shift our thinking about waste. We all have a role to play in reducing our waste and consumption. Let’s get to zero waste together.

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Waste can seem like an inevitable result of our grab-and-go lives. But it doesn’t have to be.

A zero waste future that prioritizes reducing and reusing is not only possible, it’s a critical part of solving today’s climate crisis, preserving resources, and eliminating waste.

Zero waste strategies

In 2011, we created an ambitious plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Our Greenest City Action Plan includes a key goal and target: create zero waste by reducing solid waste going to landfill and incincerator by 50% from 2008 levels.

In support of our zero waste goal, we’re exploring short- to long-term actions that will help us reduce and ultimately eliminate waste sent to landfill or incinerator, including:

  • The Single-Use Item Strategy to reduce waste from disposable cups, plastic and paper shopping bags, foam food packaging, and take-out containers
  • Zero Waste 2040, a long-term framework to guide the actions and investments that are needed for us to achieve zero waste

Single-Use Item Strategy

We're exploring how to reduce waste from disposable cups, shoppping bags, and take-out food containers.

Zero Waste 2040

We aim to be a zero waste city by 2040 to conserve scarce resources, limit climate change, and create social and economic opportunities.

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News about zero waste

On-street recycling station

City making it easier to recycle while out and about

July 17 2017 - This summer, the City is expanding on-street recycling options throughout downtown Vancouver to help keep our streets clean, litter-free, and vibrant.

Illustration of a disposable cup, take-out-food container, and shopping bag

City invites participation in creating a made-in-Vancouver strategy to reduce use of single use items

June 27 2017 - You're invited to take part in creating a strategy to reduce waste from disposable cups, plastic and paper shopping bags, and foam food packaging.

Illustration of a disposable cup, take-out-food container, and shopping bag

Staff to update Council on reduction of single-use items

June 22 2017 - We're presenting emerging approaches to reduce the disposal of coffee cups, paper and plastic shopping bags, foam food packaging, and take-out containers.

Vancouver South Transfer Station sign

Vancouver South Transfer Station plans site improvements and expansion of recycling options

October 19 2016 - The upgrades will improve traffic flow and safety, reduce line ups, and give you more room to drop off materials for recycling.

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