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Zero Waste Demonstration Site

In support of our goal to become a zero waste community by 2040, we collaborated 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.

The intent of the Zero Waste Demonstration Site was to serve as an industrial-size 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 

What's happeningPilot concluded

The decision was made to wind down the Zero Waste Demonstration Site pilot.

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in and supported this unique, one-of-a-kind project.


  • 2016

    VEC identified lack of industrial land to demonstrate technology

  • 2017

    COV divested its curbside recycling collection operation

  • 2018

    Council approved Zero Waste 2040 Strategic Plan, outlining support for waste technology research and incubation

  • 2020

    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

  • November 2021

    City Executive provided seed funding to pilot the concept

  • November 23, 2022

    Targeted market call open

  • January 10, 2023

    Information webinar

  • January 31, 2023

    Targeted market call closes

  • March 2023

    Shortlisted applicants interviewed and final selection of successful candidates

  • June 2023

    Report to go to Council for approval of below-market licenses for Zero Waste Demonstration Site (ZWDS) pilot. Review the Council report (675 KB)

  • March 2024

    Pilot concluded. Assessment of lessons learned and next steps.