Vancouver Curbside Collection - Recycle BC

GFL Environmental is Recycle BC’s curbside collection partner in the City of Vancouver. They can answer questions about collection zones, missed pick-ups, holiday schedules, or replacement recycling bags and boxes.

GFL Environmental
Phone: 604-282-7966

Recycling Guide

The recycling guide outlines how to sort your recycling, shows what is accepted and not accepted, and what items you can take to Recycle BC depots. You can also download the Recycle BC app from Google Play or the App Store to search for depots, check your schedule and use our recycling Waste Wizard.

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Address Search

Use our address search tool to view your curbside recycling collection schedule and nearest Recycle BC depots. You can also sign up for reminders and import your schedule into your online calendar.


Material List

Search materials and view our full accepted materials list. Download the mobile app to search on the go with the waste wizard! Download it here or search ‘Recycle BC’ in the App Store or on Google Play on your mobile device.


The transition of service from the City of Vancouver to Recycle BC happened on October 3, 2016.

Yes. The City of Vancouver joined the Recycle BC program in May 2014, and – like many communities in the province – was receiving a financial incentive from Recycle BC to manage its own residential recycling collection. The City decided in November 2015 to transition recycling collection directly to Recycle BC, and this change took place October 3, 2016. The list of materials accepted for recycling did not change.

Recycle BC provides direct service in many areas of the province including the Cities of North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Langley, Coquitlam, Revelstoke, Prince George and Quesnel; the Districts of North Vancouver and West Vancouver; the Village of Anmore; the University Endowment Lands; and Regional Districts of North Okanagan, Central Kootenay, and Kootenay Boundary.

No. Your local government no longer provides curbside collection of residential packaging and paper. As of May 19, 2014, per BC’s Recycling Regulation, the businesses that supply packaging and paper to residents are responsible for financing the collection and recycling of these materials. Recycle BC works on behalf of these businesses to manage the program.

Learn how to correctly sort your materials using the following resources: 

  • Your Recycle BC residential recycling guide
  • has our accepted material list available for download, as well as a “What Can I Recycle?” search tool 
  • Download the Recycle BC app from the App Store or Google Play, or visit 

Please contact GFL Environmental for recycling containers.

Phone: 604-282-7966


Residents can also use an open-top box, heavy-duty plastic storage bin, laundry basket, etc., to set out more material on collection day. Ensure material is sorted correctly and that our crews can easily see inside for inspection.

Recycle BC will replace a yellow bag once per year and blue and gray boxes once every three years free of charge. Should your household request multiple replacement bags or boxes, you will be asked to pay for the second and subsequent replacements. To request new containers, please contact GFL Environmental at or 604-282-7966.

Did you know that your garbage and green bin are emptied using a mechanical arm on the collection truck? For all bins to be emptied safely and effectively, please leave space beside and above each bin.

Set your garbage, green and recycling bins out with at least 1 m (3 ft) of space on all sides. Do not place bins against a fence or garage. Look up to see if there are any tree branches, telephone lines or building overhangs. There should be 3 m (10 ft) of vertical clearance above the garbage and green bins. Blue boxes placed too close to the bins could get knocked over by the mechanical arm during collection so be sure there is at least 1 m of space between the blue box and nearest bin. For more information go to