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Vancouver takes next step to becoming a zero waste community by 2040

July 13 2016

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Yesterday Vancouver celebrated the immense progress made towards our zero waste goals as part of the Greenest City Action Plan. Since 2010, Vancouver has reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfill or incinerator by 23% – almost halfway towards the 2020 target.

We have worked hard to achieve this and recognize how far we have to go to become a true zero waste community. We've stated the destination and now we are starting to chart the course to get there. This will involve all areas of the community – we can't get there alone.

Join the zero waste movement

This summer we'll be engaging with various experts, Vancouver residents, businesses, community organizations, and other levels of government. Building a zero waste community means building it with you.

Get involved

Share your zero waste ideas

Over the coming months, we want to hear your ideas. What thoughts, stories, and visions do you have to help shape our long term strategy? Is your waste actually garbage?

We are challenging ourselves and all of Vancouver to think about waste differently.

We want you to think about how and when you produce waste by taking our "Waste Free Wednesdays" challenge and produce zero waste every Wednesday throughout the summer.

Let us know how you're doing and share your feedback with us via Instagram and Twitter at #zerowaste2040.

We'll all be better off as a zero waste community

Zero waste, as both a philosophy and a goal, aims to reduce and ultimately eliminate garbage.

Becoming a zero waste community has a number of benefits for all Vancouver residents, including:

  • Connecting people: zero waste initiatives inspire greater community involvement, partnerships, innovation, and sharing of materials
  • Building prosperity: access to more green jobs, local development, and reduced costs related to the management of our waste
  • Protecting the environment: reducing the amount of garbage sent to the landfill or incinerator will help to reduce pollution, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and support cleaner communities and green spaces

Learn more about Zero Waste Vancouver