Recycle BC, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, conducted a nine-month on-street recycling pilot project to encourage residents and visitors to recycle packaging and paper. The pilot project launched in August 2016 and ran until May 2017. The recycling stations remain in place.

The recycling stations are in 31 locations in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood and Second Beach in Stanley Park.

The majority of the recycling stations have three adjoined receptacles: one for mixed paper recycling, one for containers recycling, and one for garbage. Select locations offer compostable organics recycling.

  • mixed paper bin to recycle things like newspapers, flyers, paper bags, and paper take-out containers;
  • a recyclable container bin such as hot or cold drink cups, plastic take-out containers, as well as other beverage containers;
  • an organics bin for food scraps , food-soiled paper containers, and napkins (available in select locations); and
  • garbage bin for items that cannot be recycled in a recycling station bin and will be disposed of in a landfill.

The pilot, which was supported by educational materials in local businesses and public spaces, gathered information and data that will inform long-term plans for improving recycling in public spaces.

In 2018, we continued to perform further research and monitoring through our existing streetscape collection project in the City of Vancouver to determine if a viable recovery of packaging and paper can occur in today’s new restricted global marketing conditions.

The summary of 2018 activities is available here.












The 2016/2017 Pilot Project Report is available here.


The 2016/2017 pilot project was the third on-street recycling pilot conducted by Recycle BC. The Streetscape Pilot Projects 2014/2015 report can be viewed here.

View the 2016 on-street recycling pilot project announcement.