Reuse and Recycle

Zero Waste reuse and recycling drop-off events

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.

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 and pillows

​ Clothing

​ Computers and monitors

​ Curtains

​ Fabric shower curtains

​ Kitchen tea towels

​ Tablecloths and cloth napkins

​ Shoes

For recycling

 Clothing

​ Electronics

​ Home theatre components

​ Household batteries

 Light bulbs

​ Light fixtures

​ Small household appliances

​ Phones

​ Portable audio and video equipment

​ Video game systems

Note 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, as well as items that are torn, ripped, holey, stained, worn-out or faded, missing buttons, or with broken zippers.

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

 Construction materials, such as dryall and wood

 Cushions and duvets

 Furniture and large or bulky items

 Hazardous waste

 Lawnmowers

Mattresses and box springs

Paper and magazines

 Plastic storage containers

 Sinks, toilets, and bathtubs

 Soft plastics

 Styrofoam

 Suitcases

 Tires

 Toys

 Pharmaceutical products

 Planter pots

 Propane tanks

 Used oil

Looking to repair instead of recycle?

Before items are brought to a Zero Waste drop-off event, consider if they can be repaired or repurposed.

The following non-profit organizations provide options: