Waste and recycling

Temporary suspension of glass bottles, jars, and foam packaging collection

Starting November 22, 2021

Due to the unprecedented flooding (resulting in transportation challenges and limited access to end markets) RecycleBC is temporarily suspending collection of glass bottles, jars, and foam packaging from depot locations and curbside collection.

  • Do not bring these materials to a depot or set them out for curbside collection.
  • If possible, hold on to these materials to set out or drop off later, once collection of these materials resumes. 

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: waste and recycling

April 3, 2020 

To help prevent spread and protect our waste collection staff:

  • Dispose of all the following in the garbage in plastic garbage bags:
    • Personal hygiene products
    • Used tissues
    • Cleaning cloths
    • Face masks
    • Gloves
    • Sanitary wipes, even those listed as flushable or compostable
    • All similar items
  • Securely tie garbage bags shut and set out in your bin in your regular collection area

If you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick:

  • Double bag all personal waste in plastic garbage bags
  • Securely tie all bags shut and dispose of as regular residential garbage  

Unbagged or loose items will not be collected.

We provide services, facilities, and tools to help you do your part to keep organics and recyclable items out of the landfill.

Get service details

Get your collection schedule

Find your waste collection schedule and download the VanCollect app to sign up for reminders.

Waste Wizard

Search by item to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it.

Single family homes and duplexes

Get details on garbage, food scraps, and yard waste collection.

Apartments, condos, and townhomes

Tools and resources for building managers for managing waste at multi-family buildings.

Abandoned garbage and illegal dumping

Help us keep your neighbourhood clean and safe by properly reporting abandoned garbage and illegal dumping.

Recycling: contact GFL Environmental (formerly Smithrite Disposal Ltd)

Phone 604-282-7966 or email srrecycle@gflenv.com about your recycling service, including:

  • Collection questions or issues
  • Replacing blue bins and recycling bags

Recycling and disposal facilities

Not everything can go into your collection bins. Find out how to dispose of items at one of our facilities.

Related programs and initiatives

Zero Waste 2040

We have a long-term strategic vision for Vancouver to achieve the goal of zero waste by 2040.