Two staff at the Zero Waste Fair booth

Zero Waste outreach and education

Creating a zero waste community requires everyone living and working in Vancouver to change the way they view and manage waste. We provide outreach and education programs aimed at fostering positive and sustainable behaviour change towards the goal of zero waste.

As we embark on the journey of becoming a zero waste community, public education and outreach are important parts of achieving success.

Our objectives

  • Build the waste literacy of the general public to achieve regional zero waste goals
  • Collaborate internally with other departments and externally with like-minded groups and organizations
  • Foster positive and sustainable behaviour change towards waste avoidance and reduction, reuse, and recycling
  • Encourage residents and organizations to take action through various programs and events
  • Make sure that the public understands and complies with regulations and by-laws

Free outreach opportunities

Our dedicated outreach team is focused on raising awareness and providing education on various waste-related programs and initiatives for Vancouver residents.

Types of opportunities  
Recycle Right seminar

Learn about how to recycle correctly in Vancouver, along with how you can get involved in sharing, reusing, and repairing.

Available in-person or virtually. Minimum number of attendees for the seminar is 15.
Outreach booth at events Our outreach team will attend your event with information about how our solid waste programs are leading and supporting the transition to a zero waste community, and how residents can get involved. 
Lobby talk at multi-unit residential buildings We work with the green team, strata council, or property management company in your building to organize an opportunity for our staff to chat with residents about how they can improve waste diversion in their home.

Sign up to request
any of our free outreach opportunities

Due to staff capacity and operational demands, we may not be able to fulfill all requests.

Our programs

School programs

We have partnered with environmental educators with the aim to increase waste literacy in the classroom.

Get involved

Subscribe to updates, join us at a drop off event, volunteer for a litter cleanup, share your ideas to reduce waste.

Zero Waste Ambassador Program

Learn about our volunteer program to reduce waste and improve recycling in your building.