Recycling Changes Coming to West Vancouver

Starting on July 1, 2020, Recycle BC will manage the packaging and paper recycling service in the District of West Vancouver. Residents can expect further information about these changes, including new customer service information, in the coming months.

Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions targeted to multi-family complex customers, property managers, superintendents, custodians, site contacts and stratas. Residential complexes are considered multi-family if the complex has 5 or more units and recycling is brought to carts in a central location.

Find a full list of recyclable material on our What Can I Recycle page.

FAQs

Starting July 1, 2020, Recycle BC will begin to directly manage residential recycling collection in the District of West Vancouver. Recycle BC’s selected contractor for these services is Waste Control Services .

  • Weekly recycling collection will continue.
  • Recycling set out guidelines will remain the same.
  • This will not impact garbage or organics collection.

Buildings may be affected by the following service adjustments:

  • Collection days may change for some multi-family properties. If your building pulls its own carts to the service location on collection day, this must be done according to the new schedule.
  • If your location requires a cart pullout service of greater than 30 metres by the recycling contractor, this is considered an extra service with applicable charges. Additional details will be provided in the coming months about this service.

The District and Recycle BC will work together to notify buildings where these adjustments would apply.

Collection days may change for some multi-family properties. If your building pulls its own carts to the service location on collection day, this must be done according to the new schedule.

Additional information on collections schedules will be provided in the coming months.

No. These changes do not impact your garbage and green bin collection service.

No action is required on your part to continue receiving service at this time. Your building will be transitioned automatically to service by Recycle BC. If your building requires a key, fob or security code to access recycling carts, the District of West Vancouver will transfer possession of the key, fob or security code directly to Recycle BC and their incoming contractor.

We recommend you monitor mail for future updates.

You are strongly encouraged to provide your building’s contact information directly to Recycle BC so we can work with you on details related to servicing your building. This is particularly important if your location is likely to require a pull out service greater than 30 meters, as outlined above.

To provide contact information to Recycle BC, please complete the online contact form here.

You are strongly encouraged to provide your building’s contact information directly to Recycle BC so we can work with you on details related to servicing your building. This will ensure we can communicate directly with you about any changes that may impact your recycling collection service, including changes to the collection schedule, or if there are any issues servicing your location. If Recycle BC is not able to efficiently communicate with you, this may delay the timely resolution of any service issues.

This is particularly important if your location is likely to require a pull out service of your recycling carts greater than 30 meters, as this is considered an extra service with applicable charges. This service will not continue after July 1 if appropriate arrangements have not been made. To ensure Recycle BC and Waste Control Services can contact you about this, we will require contact information.

The appropriate contact(s) may be a property management company, a building superintendent or custodian, an appointed resident that oversees building services, a building strata, or a combination of different types of contacts.

To provide contact information to Recycle BC, please complete the online contact form here.

Yes. However, please note that if you choose a recycling services provider other than Recycle BC’s contractor, Waste Control Services, you will be opting out of the Recycle BC program and Recycle BC will not off-set recycling collection costs for your residential building.

You will be responsible for negotiating rates and contract terms directly with any new service provider(s). Your new service provider will also need to provide new recycling carts for your building, for which there may be a fee. A different service provider may also use a different sorting system and collect different materials. It is your responsibility to talk to your hauler about what materials are collected to ensure their services meet your recycling needs.

Prior to July 1, you will need to notify the District of West Vancouver. You will be asked to confirm your intention to opt out of the Recycle BC program, provide the name of your selected contractor and your contract start date. Following that start date, the District of West Vancouver and Recycle BC will no longer be responsible for providing your collection service.

No.  There is no charge for the basic recycling collection service. The Recycle BC program is funded by the businesses that supply packaging and paper to BC residents, shifting recycling costs away from taxpayers.

Under Recycle BC’s contract with Waste Control Services, base level recycling collection services (i.e. weekly collection) will continue at no charge to you after the transition.

Charges may still apply if you wish to receive services over and above weekly recycling service. Examples of extra services include:

  • Pull-out service of recycling carts; if the distance is more than 30 metres there may be a charge;
  • Collection service more than once a week; and
  • Additional or replacement carts.

You are strongly encouraged to provide your building’s contact information directly to Recycle BC so we can work with you directly on these details, as applicable. See above for further information.

Recycle BC is a non-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout British Columbia, servicing over 1.8 million households. Recycle BC works in partnership with more than 160 collection and post-collection partners, including local governments, First Nations, non-profits and private companies. Recycle BC ensures materials are collected from households and depots, sorted and responsibly recycled. The Recycle BC program is funded by over 1,200 businesses that include retailers, manufacturers and restaurants that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents, shifting recycling costs away from homeowners.

In 2018, the District of West Vancouver decided to transition responsibility for recycling collection services to Recycle BC for single family curbside residences and multi-family buildings.  The District of West 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 provide residential recycling collection.  Transitioning responsibility for recycling collection to Recycle BC allows the District of West Vancouver to allocate staff and resources to other high priority programs.

The District of West 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 residential recycling collection. It did this by hiring a contractor to collect the recycling, and Municipal staff oversaw and managed the contract.  Residential recycling is funded by Recycle BC member companies that supply packaging and paper into the BC market, shifting costs away from taxpayers.

Recycle BC already provides direct service in many areas of the province including the Cities of Vancouver, 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 additional questions for Recycle BC about these changes, please email info@recyclebc.ca.