Reuse and Recycle

Zero Waste reuse and recycling drop-off events

COVID-19 update: drop-off events suspended

February 2021: Zero Waste reuse and recycling drop-off events are suspended until provincial health restrictions on social gatherings are lifted.

Until our drop-off events resume, here are tips on what to do with unwanted household items:

  • Reuse or repurpose the item
  • Repair it (if it’s broken)
  • Donate it (call the organization first to confirm that they’ll take the item)
  • Recycle it (check out what items we accept for free at the Zero Waste Centre)
  • Store it until our drop off events resume
  • Search Waste Wizard for information on how to recycle or dispose of it

Check back here for updates. Thank you for your patience.

Becoming a Zero Waste community means rethinking what we send to the landfill, and looking for alternative ways to reuse and recycle as much as possible.

Whether you’ve just cleaned out your closet or have a garage full of old, broken, or unwanted electronics, these items can likely be reused or recycled – instead of ending up in the landfill.

What's happeningReusable shopping bag drop-off event

Between March 22 and April 18, residents can donate reusable shopping bags at the Zero Waste Centre as part of a City pilot program.

The pilot will explore options for collecting reusable shopping bags that can then be made available to residents in need as part of the Shopping Bag By-law Support Plan.

Get details on the event

Vancouver Zero Waste Centre

Find information on managing large quantities of residential recyclables in Vancouver.

What’s accepted for drop-off

The following items are accepted at each Zero Waste Reuse and Recycling Drop-off event.

For reuse

​ Accessories (scarves, hats, gloves)

​ Bags and purses

​ Bath towels

 Bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets)

​ Books (soft and hardcover)

​ Clothing

​ Computers and monitors

​ Curtains

​ Fabric shower curtains

​ Kitchen tea towels

​ Shoes

​ Tablecloths and cloth napkins

For recycling

 Clothing*

​ Electronics (TVs, CD and DVD players, VCRs)

​ Home theatre components

​ Household batteries

 Light bulbs

​ Light fixtures

​ Phones

​ Pillows, cushions, and duvets

​ Portable audio and video equipment

​ Small household appliances

​ Smoke and CO alarms

​ Video game systems

 Clothing and other textiles can be dropped off for both reuse and recycling as long as they are washed and dry. This includes items that can be worn again or are torn, ripped, full of holes, stained, worn-out or faded, missing buttons, with broken zippers, or singles of paired items. Depending on the type of item and its condition, it will be reused, repurposed, or recycled.

Clothing or textiles that are wet, mildewed, contaminated or infested with moths or bed bugs will not be accepted.

Materials not accepted

The following items are currently not accepted at Zero Waste reuse and recycling drop-off events: 

 Bicycles

 Car seats*

 Carpet and rugs

 Construction materials, such as drywall and wood

 Furniture and large or bulky items

 Hazardous waste

 Lawnmowers

Mattresses and box springs

Paper and magazines

 Pharmaceutical products

 Planter pots

 Plastic storage containers

 Propane tanks

 Sinks, toilets, and bathtubs

 Soft plastics

 Styrofoam

 Suitcases

 Tires

 Toys

 Used oil

 Car seats are no longer accepted for recycling at the City's free reuse and recycling drop-off events. They can be recycled, for a fee, at the following events and locations:

Car seats were accepted at the City's reuse and recycling drop-off events in 2018 as part of a trial period where the we collected data on car seat recycling.

A total of 540 car seats were recycled during the trial period. We will use all data collected during the trial to advocate for and support a car seat Extended Producer Responsibility program where manufacturers and retailers are responsible for the end of life management of car seats.