Recycling Collection Questions?

Recycle BC’s curbside collection contractor in the City of Vancouver is Smithrite Disposal Ltd. They can be reached Monday to Friday, 7am – 6pm, at 604-282-7966 or recycle@smithrite.com.

Recycle BC’s multi-family collection contractor in the City of Vancouver is Waste Management. They can be reached at 604-282-7961.

You are a multi-family customer if you live in (or manage) a building with five or more units, where recycling is brought to carts in a central location.

If you live in a multi-family complex with four or less units, or if residents use blue boxes instead of carts, please refer to the information provided for City of Vancouver curbside customers.

Recycling Collection Questions? Recycle BC’s multi-family collection contractor in the City of Vancouver is Waste Management. They can be reached at 604-282-7961.

Segregated Glass

The City of Vancouver has been rolling out segregated glass since 2015, with completion expected by winter 2016/17. For multi-family buildings that do not yet have segregated glass, a recycling cart designated for “glass bottles and jars” will be provided during winter 2016/17, with segregated collection being phased in during this same period. Residents should begin to place glass bottles and jars into the designated box or cart as soon as it is received.

Quick Reference Guide
RECYCLING GUIDE & SCHEDULE

Download the Multi-family Recycling Guide here. You can also download the Recycle BC app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store to search for depots and use our recycling Waste Wizard.

You are a curbside customer if you bring your own recycling to the curb using bins, bags or carts, and includes multi-family buildings with four units or less.

Recycling Collection Questions? Recycle BC’s curbside collection contractor in the City of Vancouver is Smithrite Disposal Ltd. They can be reached at 604-282-7966 or recycle@smithrite.com.

Quick Reference Guide

RECYCLING GUIDE

You can download the 2016-2017 City of Vancouver Curbside Recycling Guide here. The Recycling Guide outlines how to sort your recycling, shows what is accepted and not accepted, and what items you can take to Recyce BC depots. You can also download the Recycle BC app from Google Play or the iTunes App store to search for depots and use our recycling Waste Wizard.

2017-2018 guide:

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.

RECYCLE BC DEPOT LOCATIONS,
CURBSIDE COLLECTION SCHEDULES AND REMINDERS

FAQs

There are no changes to the types of materials collected as part of the residential recycling program and the majority of residents had no change to their recycling schedule. Residents that do not yet have segregated glass, currently being rolled out by the City of Vancouver, will have this added by RecycleBC between October and December, and a small number of households had a change to their recycling schedule. Please refer to the curbside recycling guide or multi-family recycling guide, or search your address above, to see if you had any schedule changes.

Yes. The City of Vancouver joined the RecycleBC program in May 2014, and – like many communities in the province – was receiving a financial incentive from RecycleBC to manage its own residential recycling collection. The City decided in November 2015 to transition recycling collection directly to RecycleBC, and this change took place October 3, 2016.

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

For the vast majority of curbside customers, collection schedules stayed the same. You were  notified, prior to the transition, if your schedule changed and you received a new recycling guide and calendar.

Multi-family buildings previously serviced by City of Vancouver collection crews may also see their schedules change. Building owners or manager were notified prior to the transition if this was the case.

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

If you have questions about your existing recycling collection, please contact the City of Vancouver up until the transition date of October 3, 2016 by calling 3-1-1. After that date, if you live in or manage a multi-family building with five or more units, where residents bring their recycling to carts a central location, please contact RecycleBC’s multi-family collection partner, Waste Management at 604-282-7961 (a small number of multi-family buildings will be serviced by Smithrite – please use the address search tool above to verify your collector) ; if you are a curbside customer (i.e. you bring your recycling individually to the curb using bins, bags or carts, including multi-family complexes with four or less units) please contact RecycleBC’s curbside collection partner, Smithrite Disposal Ltd at 604-282-7966.

To learn more about what can and cannot be recycled under the RecycleBC program, visit our “What Can I Recycle” page.

If you are a multi-family building owner, manager or strata, you should have received a letter from the City of Vancouver detailing changes to your recycling service.