Zero waste recycle station at outdoor festival in Vancouver

Zero Waste

Our goal: Create zero waste

Zero waste—diverting waste from the landfill— is critical to solving today's climate crisis.

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Our target: Reduce solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels

Progress we've made so far

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To learn more about this metric, see the 'How We Measure Success' section below.

2015-2020 priority actions

Short-term actions priorities for achieving our goals for 2020.

Our 2015-2016 successes

Recent initiatives that bring us closer to reaching the Zero Waste goal.

Diverted construction waste from the landfill

Continued diversion of organic waste from the landfill

20th anniversary of Keep Vancouver Spectacular

Diverted electronics from the landfill with free drop-off events

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2015-2016  (8 MB)

Our 2014-2015 successes

Initiatives that brought us closer to reaching the Zero Waste goal from 2014 to 2015.

Banned organics from landfill

Expanded range of recyclable materials

Supported new GreenHUB facility

Mandated deconstruction and wood waste recycling

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2014-2015  (2 MB)

How we measure success

The metrics for Zero Waste rely on city and regional waste collection data and models.

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Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Free Zero Waste Reuse and Recycling Drop off - West End - Barclay Manor November 4 2017

Donate old computers and monitors for reuse and recycle electronics, small appliances, power tools and more for free.

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.

Pop-Up City Hall at TD Chinatown Festival 08-14-2016

Join us to learn more about Zero Waste and VanSplash when you drop by Pop-Up City Hall! Be sure to access basic city services in your own neighbourhood!

Demolition permit

Demolishing a building in Vancouver often requires at least one permit. Find out the requirements for your project, including for reusing and recycling demolition materials.

Food scraps and yard waste

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

Greening your event

Make your event more sustainable with our Green Events Planning Guide. How will you manage garbage and recycling? Hire us, a business, or do it yourself.