At home, West Vancouver residents divert more than 75 per cent of their waste from the landfill by recycling and composting. Increasing recycling opportunities outside the home is the next step to keep more garbage out of the landfill.
In 2017, streetside recycling bins were installed on sidewalks and at bus stops in Horseshoe Bay. This pilot project was effective in diverting 50 per cent of waste from the garbage to be recycled. Based on the success of this pilot project, the District has expanded streetside recycling to other commercial areas in West Vancouver.
2019 Streetside Recycling Expansion Project
This spring, the District of West Vancouver introduced new three-stream recycling bins in the business areas of Dundarave and Ambleside, as well as at the transit stops at Park Royal.
The three-stream bins replaced existing garbage bins along the roadside and feature recycling options for paper and containers, as well as traditional garbage collection.
Now that the new bins have been installed, they are being regularly serviced and maintained by the District’s collection contractor—Growing City. The District is working closely with the contractor to monitor the project and ensure it is working effectively.
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Recycling effectively in public spaces can be challenging. Bins don’t recycle, people do! When recycling is not sorted properly, it all ends up in the landfill.
To make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle correctly, the new colour-coded bins match West Vancouver’s residential recycling program.