Street recycling pilot program launches in Vancouver’s West End

Recycling in Vancouver’s West End just got easier! Today, Multi-Material BC, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, unveiled new on-street recycling stations to encourage residents and visitors to recycle packaging and paper.


The recycling stations are part of a nine-month pilot project that will see 31 recycling locations in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood, along Denman, Robson, and Davie, and Second Beach in Stanley Park. The majority of the recycling stations will have three adjoined receptacles: one for mixed paper recycling, and one for containers recycling, and one for garbage. Some locations will also offer compostable organics recycling.

  • In the mixed paper bin recycle items like newspapers, flyers, paper bags, and paper coffee sleeves
  • In the container bin recycle items like hot or cold drink cups, plastic take-out containers, and other beverage containers
  • In the organics bin put food scraps, food-soiled paper containers, and napkins (select locations)

All items that cannot be recycled, such as multi-laminates like potato chip bags, go in the garbage.

This new on-street recycling pilot is a creative solution to reduce the number of recyclables that end up in landfill by providing more recycling options for residents. So, next time you’re in the West End with an empty beverage or take out container, look for the new recycling stations!

View the media release or see what materials can be recycled.