Apartments, condos, and townhomes

As of October 3, 2016, the majority of multi-unit buildings now receive recycling collection from Waste Management Canada on behalf of Multi-Material BC (MMBC).  

We no longer collect recycling from multi-unit buildings. Select Recycling from the services below for details.

Contact Waste Management Canada

Customer service hours:

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

Services for your building


As of October 3, 2016, recycling collection services for multi-family buildings are now provided by Multi-Material BC (MMBC) .

MMBC’s selected supplier for the majority of multi-family buildings is Waste Management Canada. Some multi-family buildings, depending on location, will be serviced by Smithrite Disposal Ltd.

Confirm your building’s service provider by entering your address at MMBC's website or by downloading the MMBC app ​.

Selecting a different service provider

If you select a different service provider, please note:

  • You will be opting out of the MMBC program and your recycling costs will not be offset by MMBC.
  • 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 MMBC, their service provider, or us.
  • 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 service provider.

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

Why we are transitioning recycling collection services to MMBC

We joined the MMBC program in May 2014 and, like many communities in the province, were receiving a financial incentive from MMBC to manage our own recycling collection.

We decided in November 2015 to transition recycling collection directly to MMBC. 

The transition allows us to allocate more staff and resources to other high-priority programs that are critical to the success of our Greenest City Zero Waste Goal, such as:

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

About MMBC

MMBC is responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout most of British Columbia.

Their program is funded by the businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents, shifting recycling costs away from taxpayers.

Visit the MMBC website 




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.


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.


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.


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