Under our Solid Waste Bylaw, every property in Vancouver is required to have a recycling program in place.
Recycling service begins transitioning to MMBC on October 1. Transition information relevant to your building type is located below.
Base level weekly recycling collection will continue after the transition at no charge.
Charges may be applied by Waste Management if you are receiving or wish to receive additional services, such as:
- Weekly pull-out service of recycling carts (if distance is more than 30 m)
- Collection service more frequently than once a week
- Additional or replacement carts
- Storing carts on City property
You will no longer be charged by us for recycling service on your City utility bill or property taxes.
Service changes that may affect your building starting October 1, 2016 are:
- Collection dates: new collection calendars will be mailed to you in September by MMBC.
- Cart pullout service: if we already provide you with this extra service, Waste Management will contact you about continuing it.
- Glass recycling: if your building doesn't yet have separate glass recycling, you will receive a new glass recycling cart before October 1.
The transition will not affect City garbage or green bin collection services.
Access to recycling carts in secured areas only
To make this transition seamless we will transfer possession of the key, fob, or security code for your secured recycling area directly to Waste Management before October 1.
If you prefer to transfer the key, fob, or security code directly, phone 3-1-1 to ask to have it returned to you.
If we return it to you, you will be responsible for contacting Waste Management and transferring possession of the key, fob, or code.
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 are currently City property and will be retrieved by MMBC, Waste Management, 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 us before October 1 by phoning 3-1-1. After October 1, notify Waste Management.
Who to contact
Before October 1, 2016, phone 3-1-1.
After October 1, 2016, contact Waste Management. MMBC will mail out information packages in September, including contact details for Waste Management.
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
View frequently asked questions about the service transition (154 KB)
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