What goes in the recycling bin?

Dispose of items the right way with Waste Wizard

Enter an item below to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it.

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.

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

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.

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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

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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.

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

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