Vancouver Recycling and Waste Management Services

Metro Vancouver is responsible for managing the garbage produced by residents and businesses in the Lower Mainland. Metro Vancouver’s sustainability principles provide guidance for the regional solid waste plan, which was approved by the Province in 2011. For Metro Vancouver, sustainability means tying together environmental, social and economic interests. For managing solid waste this translates into:


  • A waste reduction hierarchy: make less, reuse, recycle everything possible, recover energy from what’s disposed, and manage the residuals


  • Manage as much of our waste as possible within the Lower Mainland, where we make it


  • Protect the receiving environment (air, land and water)


  • Influence individual and collective behaviour to avoid generating unnecessary waste


  • Seek technologies which recover and recycle materials and recover energy


  • Invest in infrastructure that will be resilient, adaptable to change and lessen our dependence on non-renewable energy sources.


  • The Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan includes goals such as reducing the waste we each generate, and aspiring to recycle 80% of the region’s waste. Currently, about 64% of our garbage is recycled.


Within a wide range of activities and targeted materials required to reach these goals, there are three priority areas where recycling can be improved; wood, food and in programs for multi-family residences. Wood and food represent over a third of what goes to landfill in this region each year, and there are real and accessible opportunities to reduce the volumes. 


As the region densifies multi-family housing is expanding quickly (about 40% of the housing in this region is now multi-family), and it tends to demonstrate lower recycling rates.

How to Go About Recycling 

Vancouver’s Solid Waste Services, part of the Public Works Department, provides help and information to neighborhoods, businesses and residents to make our community sparkle. We oversee garbage, recycling and organics collection contracts and look for new ways to improve these services.


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Please take a moment to learn more about the many programs and projects offered in the City of Vancouver to help you with reducing, reusing, recycling and proper disposal.  However, to collect wastes garbage bin rental in Vancouver can be the best option.

Spring Yard Debris and Tire Disposal Coupons

Vancouver Solid Waste’s Spring Coupon Program offers free yard debris and tire disposal coupons from April 4, through June 30, 2022. All single-family residential customers within the City of Vancouver with an active Waste Connections account receive a set of three free coupons to assist with spring cleaning. 


Customers receiving paper bills in the mail receive coupons inserted with their April bill. Customers signed up for electronic billing receive their coupons as a postcard in the mail. 

The RecycleRight App 

The City of Vancouver, Clark County and Waste Connections of Washington have teamed up to provide residential customers with a new on-the-go resource for recycling, reusing and disposing the right way. Download the free RecycleRight App for your smart phone or tablet, or use the RecycleRight tool on our website. It’s free and easy to use.


Use the RecycleRight tool below or get the FREE RecycleRight app to:


  • View your collection schedule and sign up for handy reminders;


  • Look up donation, recycling and disposal options;


  • Request yard debris pickups (where available);


  • Signup for bulky item pickups

How Can Premier Site Services Help You With Your Waste Management? 

Waste Management has many services available in your neighborhood and throughout most of the Vancouver, British Columbia area. As one of British Columbia’s largest garbage and recycling service partners, we pride ourselves on customer service and environmental stewardship.


Recycling in Vancouver includes plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. The key to recycling the right way is ensuring your items are clean and dry. Keeping contaminants like food and liquid out of your recycling helps ensure that everything in your bin finds a second life. For more tips on how to recycle properly and efficiently. 


Vancouver garbage pickup service varies by neighborhood. Some residents within the city limits receive weekly garbage and recycling collection services by the City of Vancouver’s Solid Waste Management Department. Whenever possible, we’re happy to provide smart waste solutions for smaller communities such as homeowners associations and property management groups. 


If your new neighborhood offers a choice for your household garbage and recycling service needs, we would love to be your partner when it comes to disposing of the waste everyday life creates.

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