What goes in the recycling bin?

Recycling made easier: mix newspapers with other paper

You don't need to separate newspapers from other paper products when you recycle.

You can combine newspapers, mixed paper, and cardboard in your yellow bag, blue bag, mixed paper cart, or newspaper cart.

The City is phasing out blue bags and newspaper carts. If you have either, keep using them. When they need replacing, we'll provide yellow bags and mixed paper carts.

Commonly-accepted items

Types of containers, paper products, and newspaper that go in your blue box, recycling bag, or recycling bin

Item How to prepare it Where it goes
  • Aerosal cans
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Metal cans
  • Milk cartons
  • Paper cups
  • Plastic bottles, containers, cups, jars, jugs, tubs, and lids (any plastic code number)
  • Spiral-wound paper cans and lids
  • Tetra Paks
  • All items: Rinse clean, leave labels on, and flatten
  • Lids: Discard any that aren't plastic, metal, or aluminum
  • Houses: Blue box
  • Multi-unit buildings: Containers bin
  • Boxes
  • Egg cartons
  • Envelopes
  • Flyers
  • Newspapers
  • Phone books
  • Soft and hardcover books 
  • Scrap paper 
  • Boxes: Remove waxed paper and plastic liners, remove food, flatten, and cut to fit in your bag or bin
  • Newspapers: Leave loose and unbundled
  • Soft and hardcover books: Remove plastic outer cover and place cover in garbage
  • Houses: Blue bag or yellow bag
  • Multi-unit buildings: Newspaper bin or mixed paper bin

View the full list of items you can recycle

Take large amounts of recycling to the transfer station for free

If you have large amounts of recyclable items that will not fit in your recycling bin or recycling bags, you can drop those items off for free at the City's main recycling depot, located at the Vancouver South Transfer Station.

Can the City compost it?

Food scraps and yard waste

Find out what types of food scraps and yard waste you can put in your Green Bin, and how you set your Green Bin out to make sure it gets picked up by the City.

Should it go in the garbage bin?


To make sure your garbage gets collected by the City, keep banned items out of your bin and ensure that your bin is not overflowing. Learn more about what can go into your garbage bin, and how to set out your bin correctly.

What the city does not pick up

Dispose of other items

Not everything can go in to your garbage, recycling, and green bins. Many items can be recycled. Find out how to dispose of items from your home that you do not want anymore.

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Recycling tips

To ensure your recycling is picked up:

  • Do not include banned items in your recycling
  • Prepare recyclable items correctly
  • Put recyclable items in the right bin, box, or bag

Find out what goes where

Print a what-goes-where recycling guide
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Need supplies?

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.

Find disposal alternatives

Search by item or location on the Metro Vancouver Recycles website to find out where you can dispose of things.

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Last modified: Fri, 16 May 2014 14:43:16

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