Update: City of Vancouver Recycling Service

Multi-Material BC (MMBC) has extended its response to the atypical winter weather conditions  that have caused recycling service delays in some areas of Vancouver and thanks residents for their continued patience as crews work to ensure recycling is collected safely and efficiently.

Emterra Environmental and Waste Control Services were brought in on Saturday December 31, to support Smithrite in its collection efforts during this challenging time. As well, Smithrite added trucks from other service areas to service City of Vancouver residents.  MMBC will again be adding additional resources to support collection on Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7, to reach as many households as possible where pick-up of recycling has been delayed by the weather conditions.

Some roads and laneways continue to be inaccessible or unsafe due to significant accumulations of ice. MMBC is prioritizing the safety of workers and residents by ensuring crews aren’t working in dangerous, icy conditions that could lead to accidents, injury, or unintended damage to property.

With the forecast calling for ongoing freezing temperatures and more snow later this week, additional service delays are possible. MMBC will continue its winter response efforts, including deploying additional trucks over the weekend and into next week, in an effort to complete collection in all accessible areas.

Residents can obtain updates on MMBC’s winter weather response at



City of Vancouver residents are asked to leave their recycling bins, boxes and bags out as crews are working diligently to service accessible Vancouver areas and missed neighborhoods throughout the week and on Saturday.

Additional Bins: There is no limit to how much recycling you set out. You can place additional recyclables that do not fit in the blue boxes in a rigid container of your choice, such as a laundry hamper.

  • Corrugated cardboard that does not fit in your yellow bag can be flattened and cut to no larger than 30” wide (78cm) x 30” tall (78cm). Stack neatly and securely place beside or between recycling containers.

Consolidated Materials: If all of your materials do not fit in your boxes or bags, please try consolidating them. For example, bulky plastic milk jugs, milk cartons, and boxes can be flattened; smaller metal cans be placed inside larger metal cans; plastic containers can be fitted inside each other (e.g. yogurt containers), etc. or use a second bin for additional materials

Recycling Depot: There are five recycling depots in the City of Vancouver that accept all the material residents set out at the curb. Residents are able to take materials to a depot if they choose. Residents can search their address at  for a depot close to them. The Vancouver depots include:

Go Green Bottle Depot

7 East 7th Avenue



Powell Street Return-It Bottle Depot

1856 Powell Street



South Van Bottle Depot

34 East 69th Avenue



Vancouver Central Return-It Depot

2639 Kingsway



Vancouver South Transfer Station

377 West Kent Avenue North

604-873-7000 or 3-1-1

For recycling collection information and schedules or to download MMBC’s recycling app, visit