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City making it easier to recycle while out and about

July 17 2017 Additional recycling stations added in downtown Vancouver support City’s zero waste goal

“Vancouver is known throughout the world for its stunning natural beauty, and a big part of our city’s appeal to residents and visitors alike is maintaining clean and green streets, particularly in the busy downtown core,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

On-street recycling station

This summer, the City is expanding on-street recycling options throughout downtown Vancouver to help keep our streets clean, litter-free, and vibrant.

The 15 new on-street recycling stations support our Greenest City Action Plan and are part of the City’s ongoing zero waste initiatives that aim to reduce the amount of recyclables that end up in our landfill and improve public realm cleanliness.  

Our goal is to be a zero-waste city

“Vancouver is known throughout the world for its stunning natural beauty, and a big part of our city’s appeal to residents and visitors alike is maintaining clean and green streets, particularly in the busy downtown core,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The City has already cut the amount of trash sent to landfill by almost 30% since 2008, and thanks to partnerships like these with Recycle BC, the DVBIA, and others, we’re able to accelerate our goal to be a zero-waste city by making it easier and more convenient for people to recycle.”

Creating cleaner and safer public spaces

In late 2016, residential recycling collection transitioned to Recycle BC. This transition allowed the City to redirect resources and fund increased services that enhance public realm cleanliness, such as this on-street recycling program.

The City continues its commitment to create cleaner and safer public spaces through increased service levels while expanding programs such as this that provide greater recycling and disposal options for residents and visitors of Vancouver.

On-street recycling station locations

The 15 on-street recycling stations will be installed along Granville Street and at the Vancouver Art Gallery and will have three adjoined receptacles: one for mixed container recycling, one for mixed paper recycling, and one for items destined for the landfill. 

“We’re excited to have partnered with the City in identifying key locations for these new recycling stations in downtown Vancouver,” said Charles Gauthier, president and CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. “Keeping our city clean and being conscious of our ecological footprint are key to the sustainability goals in our new five-year strategic plan. Our member businesses are supportive of the City’s zero waste objectives, and we recognize that this is a positive step towards achieving them.”

On-street recycling bin breakdown

  • Mixed container bin for items such as hot or cold drink cups, plastic take-out containers, and other beverage containers
  • Mixed paper bin to recycle items like newspapers, flyers, paper bags, and paper coffee sleeves
  • Landfill bin for items that cannot be recycled such as potato chip bags, utensils, and straws

Do your part

We are asking everyone to do their part -- when you see one of the new on-street recycling stations, take a moment to sort your items and help keep recyclables out of the landfill.

The City works to keep our streets clean through street sweeping, graffiti removal, and more.

Residents can also pitch in and do their part to help keep our city clean:

  • Use the recycling and waste receptacles provided
  • If you see litter on the street, consider picking it up and placing it in a container
  • Think about using the “Pack-it-in/Pack-it-out” method to take home and recycle items 
  • Adopt-a-block or lead a litter clean-up in your neighbourhood
  • Use the Waste Wizard to find out how to properly recycle or dispose of waste

Dispose of items the right way with Waste Wizard

Learning how to properly sort recyclables while out and about is easy with the Waste Wizard.

Download our VanConnect app to have the Wizard with you on the go.

On-street recycling pilot project

In August 2016, the City in partnership with Recycle BC, installed 31 recycling stations in the West End as part of an on-street recycling pilot project.

The City continues to work in partnership with Recycle BC on this pilot, which has been extended to the end of 2017.

Connect with us on the go

Residents are encouraged to report abandoned garbage, illegal dumping, and full or overflowing bins to us through our VanConnect App.

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