In support of our goal to become a zero waste community by 2040, we are collaborating with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) to explore transforming our former recycling materials receiving yard, located at 1198 East Kent Avenue South, into a Zero Waste Demonstration Site.
Once realized, the Zero Waste Demonstration Site could serve as an industrial-sized incubator and demonstration space to:
- Enable zero waste and clean technology companies to commercialize (for example, gain partners, investment, customers)
- Reduce waste to landfill and incinerator
- Increase green jobs
- Establish technologies that could be scaled up for City operations
For more information, email: ZeroWasteInnovation@vancouver.ca
What's happeningTen innovators have been shortlisted
We’ve shortlisted the 21 applications down to 10 innovators who have been invited to demonstrate at the Zero Waste Demonstration Site pilot. These selected innovators will pilot their zero waste technology solutions for up to 2 years.
Discussions with the innovators are underway as we work through the permits, finalize their requirements, order, and install the infrastructure.
On June 14, 2023, Council approved the below-market rent request for these start-ups. Review the Council report
VEC identified lack of industrial land to demonstrate technology
COV divested its curbside recycling collection operation
Council approved Zero Waste 2040 Strategic Plan, outlining support for waste technology research and incubation
COV Engineering explored plan to develop former recycling receiving yard into a Zero Waste Demonstration Site
July to September 2021
Market sounding and analysis completed
City Executive provided seed funding to pilot the concept
November 23, 2022
Targeted market call open
January 10, 2023
January 31, 2023
Targeted market call closes
Shortlisted applicants interviewed and final selection of successful candidates
Report to go to Council for approval of below-market licenses for Zero Waste Demonstration Site (ZWDS) pilot
We are here
First cohort of ZWDS pilot to begin pending approval of building permits and installation of infrastructure.
Assessment of pilot project, lessons learned, and determination of next steps