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Zero Waste Demonstration Site

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 

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What's happeningWanted: Innovators working on zero waste solutions and technologies

We're seeking diverse zero and low-waste solutions to address streams of solid waste. Waste streams must be compatible with the existing site layout and infrastructure, and could include:

  • Biodegradable waste (such as food, kitchen, garden, and agricultural)
  • Recyclables (such as plastics, metal, paper, and glass) 
  • Electronic waste (such as batteries, lightbulbs, computers, and electronics)
  • Construction and demolition waste (such as painted and treated wood, plastics, concrete, and asphalt)
  • Composite waste (such as textiles, shoes, bagged pet waste, and furniture)
  • Residuals from industrial processes (such as biosolids, grit, and bottom ash)
  • Other waste 

We welcome solutions that are low footprint with minimal infrastructure requirements (such as minimal power and self-supplied water). We will also consider passive (non-operating) displays that demonstrate innovative technologies, such as natural walls or improved concrete products.

Selected innovators will be invited to demonstrate and operate their proposed zero-waste technologies and solutions for a period of 18 to 24 months. If successful, the pilot could continue into the future and attract more opportunities for innovators, including partnerships, funding and other complementary benefits.

Key dates

The targeted market call opens November 23, 2022, and closes at 11:59pm on January 31, 2023.

There will be an online information session on January 10, 2023, from 9am to 10am.

Learn more and apply


  • 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

  • We are here
  • March 2023

    Shortlisted applicants interviewed and final selection of successful candidates

  • June 2023

    Zero Waste Demonstration Site pilot project commissioned

  • July 2023 to July 2025

    Pilot project in operation

  • August 2025

    Assessment of pilot project, lessons learned, and determination of next steps