How to get a blue box and recycling bags

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

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

Blue bags discontinued

Starting December 2014, we're phasing out blue bags for newspaper recycling. You can put newspapers in your yellow bag instead, along with mixed paper and cardboard.

Pick up recycling boxes and bags in person

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

Remember to bring ID that shows you live in Vancouver when picking up your blue box and recycling bags.

Where to get blue boxes and recycling 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 blue box or recycling bags in person? Phone 3-1-1 to order some.

When you call, tell us:

  • Your name, address, and postal code
  • How many blue boxes you need (up to 4 blue 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

Blue 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 and put an "extra garbage sticker" on the bag.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

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Last modified: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:47:11