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Zero Waste 2040

Our vision is for Vancouver to be a zero waste community by 2040.

Zero Waste 2040 is a long-term strategic vision for Vancouver to achieve the goal of zero waste by 2040.

It will help guide future decisions and investments relating to solid waste and provides a framework to continue the work and success of current zero waste policies and programs.

The plan includes forward looking policies and actions to help stimulate, support, and allow Vancouver to become a zero waste community. Some of these actions can be implemented right away, while some will lay the ground work to progress over time.

Pursuing a zero waste future

As a city we will:

  • Conserve resources
  • Prevent waste of all types, including wasted food at all points between farm and table
  • Compost inedible food or convert it into fuel
  • Repair and maintain products and materials to extend their lives
  • Share, reuse, and refurbish products and materials before recycling them

The pursuit also contributes to other Greenest City goals, including:

  • Producing renewable energy
  • Keeping pollution out of the environment
  • Ensuring everyone has access to healthy food
  • Diversifying and grow our economy

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How we’ll achieve zero waste

Priorities and background

Learn why we developed Zero Waste 2040, and our approach and our key priorities in moving toward a zero waste future.

Consultation process and documents

Find out what we heard from the public and stakeholders throughout our consultation process and read background documents and information.

Get involved

Subscribe to updates, join us at a free reuse and recycle drop-off event, and share your ideas to reduce waste and consumption.

Zero waste strategies

Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

With your help, we've created a strategy to dramatically reduce waste from single-use items.

Demolition permit with recycling and deconstruction requirements

Understand the process and get the forms to apply for a demolition permit for one- and two-family homes.

Greenest City Action Plan

Greenest City is a bold initiative that addresses Vancouver's environmental challenges.