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Toward zero waste

Under the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, we have set a target to reduce solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels.

To achieve this goal, we are committed to:

  • Keep organics out of the landfill by supporting food scraps recycling through education and enforcement
  • Reduce street litter and abandoned garbage in public spaces, including illegal dumping 
  • Implement a comprehensive litter management strategy
  • Expand our Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Strategy
  • Support Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge 

Find your schedule

Garbage and recycling schedules

Know when garbage, recycling, food scraps, and yard waste are collected by the City.


Sorting items for collection


Dispose of items the right way. Learn what goes in your garbage bin.


Find out how to sort your mixed containers, glass, and paper recyclables.

Food scraps and yard waste

Food isn't garbage. Learn more about food scraps recycling and what other items go in your Green Bin.

Play the waste sorting game

Test your waste sorting skills and see if you can pass multiple levels while building your own digital park!

Sign up, get supplies, and report problems to the City

City waste collection services

City waste collection services

Learn about the waste collection services the City of Vancouver provides for houses, duplexes, and multi-unit buildings. Find out how to sign up for City waste collection services.

Garbage and Green bins, recycling boxes, and recycling bags

Get bins, boxes, and bags

Learn how to get the garbage, recycling, and green waste supplies that you need, including stickers for extra garbage. Find out how to get a different size bin for garbage and green waste.

Report missed waste pickups by the City of Vancouver

Report a missed collection

Did your garbage or recycling get left behind? Find some of the common reasons that collections get missed and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you.


Abandoned garbage and illegal dumping

When you dispose of garbage properly, and when you report illegal dumping, you help improve the quality of life in your neighbourhood. Learn more about abandoned garbage and illegal dumping, and find out how to report illegal dumping in your neighbourhood.

Greenest City Action Plan

Zero Waste station at an event

Zero Waste

Our goal is to create zero waste. Learn more about our Greenest City goal: Zero Waste.

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