Zero waste recycle station at outdoor festival in Vancouver

Zero Waste

Our goal: Create zero waste

Zero waste—diverting waste from the landfill— is critical to solving today's climate crisis.

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Our target: Reduce solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels

Progress we've made so far

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To learn more about this metric, see the 'How We Measure Success' section below.

These priority actions represent important systemic and behavioral changes that can be achieved through engaged partnerships. They support moving to a closed-loop, cradle-to-cradle economy where resources are put to the highest and best use.

  • 4.1 - Increase overall diversion of organics by continuing to support the expansion of food scraps recycling to all sectors and support Metro Vancouver’s 2015 disposal ban on organic materials to landfill and incinerator through education and enforcement.
  • 4.2 - Increase the diversion of wood waste from landfill or incineration by expanding the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Diversion Strategy to increase reuse and recycling of C&D waste.
  • 4.3 - Reduce street litter and abandoned garbage in public spaces, including illegal dumping, and increase the diversion of these materials by implementing a comprehensive litter management strategy, including an expanded Keep Vancouver Spectacular Program.
  • 4.4 - Support Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge through the development of education and enforcement strategies for all sectors with a focus on waste prevention and material reuse initiatives.

Solid waste data is compiled first at a regional level and then at the city level. As a result, Vancouver’s data is always one year behind the reporting period.

These metrics are maintained by the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Division within Engineering Services at the City.   

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Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Zero Waste 2040

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

Demolition permit

Demolishing a building in Vancouver often requires at least one permit. Find out the requirements for your project, including for reusing and recycling demolition materials.

Food scraps and yard waste

Food isn't garbage. Learn more about food scraps recycling and what other items go in your Green Bin.

Greening your event

Make your event more sustainable with our Green Events Planning Guide. How will you manage garbage and recycling? Hire us, a business, or do it yourself.