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Toward zero waste

Zero Waste Vancouver

We're developing a zero waste plan for managing the flow of resources and garbage in the coming years, and we need your help.

Under the Greenest City 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

Collection schedules

Know when garbage, 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.


Learn more about recycling in your home.

Food scraps and yard waste

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

Waste Wizard

Search by item to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it.

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

Waste collection services

Learn about waste collection services for residential properties in Vancouver. Find out how to sign up for City collection services.

Garbage and Green bins, recycling boxes, and recycling bags

Get bins, boxes, and bags

Get the garbage, recycling, and green waste supplies that you need, including stickers for extra garbage. Change the size of your bins.

Report missed waste pickups by the City of Vancouver

Report a missed collection

Were your items left behind? Some of the common reasons collections get missed and what you can do to prevent it from happening.


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.

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