Apartments, condos, and townhomes

Recycling collection for the majority of multi-unit buildings is provided by Recycle BC External website (formerly Multi-Material BC).

Note We no longer collect recycling from multi-unit buildings.

Waste Management Canada collects your recycling

Waste Management Canada is Recycle BC’s multi-unit recycling collection partner in Vancouver.

Customer service hours:

Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am to 1:00pm

Phone 604-282-7961 to:

  • Request recycling collection service
  • Ask about your collection schedule 
  • Report a missed pickup
  • Request a new recycling cart 

While most multi-unit buildings are serviced by Waste Management, some will be serviced by Smithrite Disposal Ltd. Confirm your building’s service provider by entering your address at Recycle BC or by downloading the Recycle BC app.

Services for your building

Recycling

Vancouver's recycling program

Since 2014, our recycling collection program has been partially funded by Recycle BC. In November 2015, we made the decision to allow Recycle BC to fully fund and provide recycling collection services for Vancouver residents. 

In October 2016, Recycle BC took on full responsibility for Vancouver’s recycling program and the City ended our term as their contracted service provider. 

The transition has allowed us to allocate more staff and resources to high-priority programs that are critical to the success of our Greenest City Zero Waste Goal. These programs include:

  • Litter prevention and collection
  • Abandoned and illegally dumped waste
  • New recycling initiatives

About Recycle BC

Recycle BC (formerly Multi-Material BC) is a non-profit organization that is responsible for residential recycling in British Columbia. Recycle BC ensures household recycling is picked up, sorted, and responsibly recycled. Over 1,200 businesses, including retailers, manufacturers, and restaurants fund the Recycle BC program, shifting costs away from homeowners.

Selecting a different service provider

If you select a different service provider, note the following.

  • You will be opting out of the Recycle BC program and your recycling costs will not be offset by Recycle BC.
  • You will be responsible for negotiating rates and contract terms with any new service provider.
  • You will need new recycling carts, for which there may be a fee.
  • Your existing carts will be retrieved by Recycle BC, their service provider, or by the City of Vancouver.
  • Your new hauler may use a different sorting system and collect different materials. It is your responsibility to ensure their services meet your needs.
  • You will need to notify your current service provider of the change.

 Under our Solid Waste Bylaw, every property in Vancouver must have a recycling program in place.

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Garbage

Garbage

We collect garbage in wheeled garbage carts from a small number of multi-unit residential buildings.

Currently, we are not accepting new customers for this service.

We don't offer garbage dumpster service.

Hire a private hauler to collect your building's garbage.

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Food scraps

Food scraps

 Food scraps are banned by both the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver regional district from disposal as garbage.

That means all food scraps – raw and cooked food, plate scrapings, leftovers, expired food, meat, bones, and dairy products – need to be recycled.

Recycling food scraps reduces garbage and greenhouse gases, and creates compost for local agriculture.

Start a collection program now

Do we already collect your building's garbage or yard waste? We can also collect food scraps from your building. To inquire, phone 3-1-1.

Otherwise, hire a private hauler or compost food scraps on-site.

Get resources to start a collection program

Visit Metro Vancouver’s website  for how-to guides, tips, posters, and signs.

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Yard waste

Yard waste

We collect yard trimmings in wheeled Green Bins from a small number of multi-unit residential buildings.

Do we already collect your building's garbage? We can also collect yard trimmings from your building. To inquire, phone 3-1-1.

Otherwise, hire a private hauler.

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Resources for managing waste at your building

Multi-family Recycling Toolkit

Access tools and resources to improve recycling in your apartment building or condo on Metro Vancouver's website.

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.

Flat rates

Find out what the rates are for flat rate utilities in Vancouver.

Multi-family Recycling Toolkit