Greenest City


  • New recycling stations downtown
  • Fall leaf collection guidelines
  • Free replacement pre-rinse spray valves for commercial kitchens
  • Improved routes for Bike to Work Week
  • Local green events and volunteer opportunities

MARINE LIFE IN BURRARD INLET Ö The new salt marsh in New Brighton Park has already started to see chum and chinook salmon fry! The Vancouver Park Board and the Port of Vancouver, in consultation with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, created this tidal wetland this past spring to improve access to nature for park visitors and provide habitat for wildlife. 

GREENEST CITY SCHOLARS 2017 Ö Twenty-two Greenest City Scholars have officially wrapped up all of their summer projects! From social connections and green grocer networks, to rainwater management and heat pump retrofits, all of the Scholars completed important projects that have informed a wide range of City activities and policy. Check out the Greenest City Scholar project library to learn more about each project, as well as how each one is supporting Vancouverís Greenest City and Healthy City initiatives! 


Recently, you may have noticed some new, brightly coloured waste bins in our downtown area. These new-and-improved recycling stations boast three adjoining receptacles: one blue bin for mixed container recycling, one yellow bin for mixed paper recycling, and one black bin for garbage destined for the landfill. 

The City of Vancouverís Equipment Services team built these 15 new stations, in partnership with Recycle BC and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, to support of a zero-waste city. You can admire ten of the stations on Granville St. between Davie St. and Hastings St., and five of the bins outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

So far, public response to these new recycling stations has been very positive. Next steps for this project will be another batch of recycling stations and stand-alone garbage units that will be implemented towards the end of 2017. 


Find out the specific locations of the new recycling stations and if you ever see a public litter can that is full, use the VanConnect app to let City or Parks staff know about it. 

Organize or join in on a neighbourhood litter clean-up with Keep Vancouver Spectacular

Check out the Waste Wizard and learn how to dispose of all items in the right way.



As the aroma of pumpkin spice fills the air and temperatures begin to drop, leaves are dropping too. This autumn make sure you know how to properly dispose of fall leaves and yard waste!

Clear away leaves from your yard and sidewalk and put them in your Green Bin for collection by City staff. Any extra leaves that do not fit in your Green Bin should be stored in a dry place and then added to your Green Bin after it is emptied. There will also be four designated weekends for extra leaf collection where paper yard waste bags will also be picked up. The first weekend is October 28 and 29. 

Feeling like a lean. green, leaf-clearing machine? Go the extra mile by clearing fallen leaves out of City catch basins (or storm drains) to reduce street flooding during stormy weather!


Be sure to educate neighbours on to correct way of disposing of leaves. If you see anyone dropping leaves on curbs or boulevards, encourage them to use their Green Bin!

Learn more about how collected leaves become nutrient-rich compost in the Vancouver Landfill, and buy some for your garden!

Thinking of starting a garden in the spring? Start a lasagna garden this fall! To get started, place a few layers of cardboard or newspaper on top of the grass or weedy area, and keep it wet. As you add leaves and yard clippings on top of the layer throughout the winter, the grass or weeds will start to decompose and earthworms will work to aerate the soil underneath. By spring, all you need to do is bring in some topsoil and begin planting. 

Drop off any extra leaves or yard trimmings at:



If you operate a commercial kitchen, you may be eligible to have your existing pre-rinse spray valve replaced with a new, efficient one. These pre-rinse spray valves clean dishes faster, use up to 80% less hot water and can save a typical restaurant up to $200 to $400 a year in water and energy costs!

Installation is free of charge and takes about 20 minutes. The valves are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and there are a limited number available. This program is being offered in partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC.

To qualify, you need to meet the following conditions:

  • Your establishment is in the City of Vancouver;
  • You have an existing pre-rinse spray valve that needs to be replaced; and 
  • You have well-maintained plumbing, including connecting pipes and hoses.

This offer does not apply if:

  • Your kitchen does not have a pre-rinse spray valve; or
  • You already have a high-efficiency pre-rinse spray valve that is under five years old and is still in good condition.


Offer ends December 20, 2017! To apply for a free replacement pre-rinse spray valve, go to to check your eligibility.

Learn more ways you can reduce your water use at



This year, progress has been made to make the bicycle network even better and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. From safety improvements at the Burrard and Pacific intersection, to spot improvements along the Adanac Bikeway, commuting and running errands is easier than ever. 

In addition to great new routes, there are plenty of other reasons to bike to work. Itís fun, itís cheap, itís great for your health, and from Oct 23-29 you can win prizes! This year, the grand prize is a trip to Tuscany with Exodus Travels. 

If you bike to work often, now is the time to introduce it to your co-workers, start a team or encourage your company to sign up for HUB workplace cycling workshops


Need some inspiration? Check out a bike map to plot your route, or watch the #BikeSafe playlist of videos to shore up your confidence about sharing the road.

Then, once youíre ready, sign up for Bike to Work Week! You can start a team, join a team or register solo. Log your trips. encourage your colleagues to join and you will be eligible to win great prizes. 

Each day you ride youíll go into the draw to win a new bike. Plus, check out the Celebration Station Map after October 15 to find out where you can stop for free snacks, free mechanic services and more prize draws throughout the week.





Trout Lake Ecosystem
Oct 5-26
Learn about the biodiversity of the Trout Lake ecosystem with the guidance of local scientists, naturalists, and environmentalists 
Trout Lake Comm Centre

October Planting Party
Oct 15
Volunteer with the Jericho Stewardship Group and plant native species to make sure Jericho Beach Park remains a healthy ecosystem!
Jericho Beach Park

Lost Lagoon Island Restoration
Oct 15, 22
Volunteer opportunity - help restore small habitat islands in Lost Lagoon that are overrun with invasive plants like thistle and bamboo. 
Stanley Park

Sea Level Rise and Forced Migration
Oct 19
Learn about climate refugees and the links between climate change and sustainable development. Lecture is free but registration is required. 
SFU Harbour Centre

Free Plastic Recycling
Oct 19
Recycle your extra plastic items for FREE!
Kitsilano Comm Centre 

Canadian Waste Reduction Week
Oct 16-22
Waste Reduction Week in Canada further provides information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living.
Across Canada

EcoTEAM Planting 
Oct 21, 28
Work on a special restoration project and help plant over 1000 native trees and shrubs on-site!
Pacific Spirit Park

Recycling Drop-off
Oct 21
Donate your old vacuums, sweaters, light bulbs, lines and more for FREE at our Electronics & Used Clothing Reuse and Recycling Event.
Vancouver City Hall

Imagine Gastown Streets
Oct 21
Free walking tour to help develop a vision for Gastown's streets. Registration required.
Woodward's Building

Pollinator Garden Wintering 
Oct 29
Prepare the pollinator garden at the 5th and Pine Pop-Up Park for winter by planting replacement overwintering habitat. Refreshments provided, bring gloves and tools if you have them.

Secrets of a Salmon Stream
Nov 5
Join this discovery walk and learn about salmon and salmonid habitat.
Stanley Park

A Beeís Eye View
Nov 7
Find out how native bees and other pollinators create environmentally-friendly farming systems that are highly productive.
UBC Earth Sciences Building

Charting a Sustainable Course: Exploring Canadaís Fisheries
Nov 7
Join the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and OceanCanada for an engaging talk about Canadaís fisheries and making sustainable choices.
Vancouver Aquarium

A Climate Science Perspective on Global Sea Level Rise
Nov 8
John Englander, an oceanographer and leading expert on sea level rise, provides a big picture climate science perspective on sea level rise and the need for adaptation.
SFU Centre for Dialogue



The City of Vancouver is developing the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy and needs your help to shape ways to reduce waste in Vancouver! 

We all have a role to play in furthering zero waste from disposable drink cups, plastic and paper shopping bags and polystyrene foam containers. Share your ideas on how to reduce consumption of single-use items now. 

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