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.

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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.