How to get recycling boxes and bags

The City provides and replaces recycling boxes and bags for free.

If you live in a house, duplex, or multi-unit building with less than five units, you get grey boxes, blue boxes, and recycling bags to use.

Grey boxes available for pickup

If you received a grey box but would like to order another one, pick one up in person at the locations below or phone 3-1-1.

Blue bags discontinued

We are phasing out blue bags for newspaper recycling. All paper products, including newspaper, can now be placed in your yellow bag.

If you still have a blue bag, keep using it and when it needs replacing, we will provide you with a yellow bag. 

Pick up recycling boxes and bags in person

You can get your recycling boxes and bags immediately by picking them up in person.

Remember to bring ID that shows you live in Vancouver when picking up your items.

Where to get recycling boxes and bags

Location Map Hours
Engineering Services Department
5th Floor, 507 West Broadway
Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm
Transfer Station & Recycling Depot
377 West Kent Ave North

 Caution: You must enter from the east. Left turns aren't allowed from the west.

Monday to Friday and holidays
5:30am to 7:00pm

Saturday and Sunday
8:00am to 6:00pm

Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Order by phone

Can't pick up your recycling boxes or bag in person? Phone 3-1-1 to order some.

When you call, tell us:

  • Your name, address, and postal code
  • How many recycling boxes you need (up to 4 blue boxes and 4 grey boxes per order)
  • How many recycling bags you need (1 or 2 bags per order)

Need a different amount of bags? Please pick them up in person.

Shipping times

Recycling boxes are delivered within two weeks by City crews. Recycling bags are delivered within 15 business days by mail.

Get a garbage or green bin

Garbage bins and Green Bins

Order a garbage or Green Bin, and find suggested sizes for your needs. Order more bins, change the size of your bin, exchange or repair damaged bins.

Do you have extra garbage?

Stickers for extra garbage bags

If you have extra garbage that will not fit in your garbage bin, place your excess garbage in a bag, buy and put an "extra garbage sticker" on the bag.