Recycling is collected every week. There is no limit to how much recycling you can set out for collection. Check your collection calendar or the tabs below for information about what can be recycled at the curb.
Please use approved recycling containers. The maximum Blue Box size is 61L.
Need replacement blue boxes, grey boxes or bags?
Order them online, by phone at 604-929-3416, or pick them up from Municipal Hall at 750 17th Street.
- collection begins at 7:30 a.m
- set materials out after 5 a.m. on collection day, not the night before
- bring materials in by 9 p.m. and store containers in a wildlife-secure place
What goes in:
- rigid plastic containers
- tin and steel containers
- aluminum foil and foil containers
- disposable paper and plastic cups
- gable top and aseptic containers (such as milk cartons and juice boxes)
- frozen dessert boxes (usually ice cream)
- spiral-wound paper cans (most common are juice concentrate)
- empty aerosol cans
To prepare Blue Box items:
- remove food residue, lids and caps
- remove plastic bags or other soft plastic materials (these are not allowed in the Blue Box, but can be returned to a designated drop-off depot)
- flatten large plastic bottles
- nest smaller items into larger items to save space
- return eligible beverage containers to a designated drop-off depot
Use your Grey Box for glass, collected separately from other containers as of July 2015.
What goes in:
- Glass bottles and jars
To prepare Grey Box items:
- remove food residue. Lids and caps must be removed and recycled in Blue Box.
- return eligible glass beverage containers to a designated drop-off depot
Newspaper and mixed paper are combined for collection in the Yellow Bag, as of July 2015.
What goes in:
- mixed paper
- clean, dry newspaper
- cardboard, cut to size
To prepare Yellow Bag items:
- remove any plastic or ‘samples’ that come with your newspaper
- flatten all boxes to save space
- cut cardboard down to fit the Yellow Bag, or neatly tie into bundles measuring no larger than 60 x 60 x 15 cm. Please use biodegradable string or twine. No wire or plastic strapping.
- no soiled tissue, plastic box liners or food-soiled paper
- place shredded paper inside a tied clear plastic bag before putting it the Yellow Bag
Blue Bags, formerly used for newspaper only, are now being phased out.
Thanks to Provincial Take-Back programs, there are recycling drop-off locations available for materials such as:
- beverage containers
- light bulbs
- pesticides and flammable liquids
- plastic bags and overwrap
- plastic foam packaging
- small electrical appliances and power tools
- used motor oil, filters and bottles
Learn more about these Provincial Take-Back Programs and recycling locations
Want to recycle even more?
That’s great! The Recycling Council of British Columbia’s online Recyclepedia provides a list of many different items, where to recycle them and what to do with the ones you can't recycle.
Or call the recycling hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253) to speak to someone.
Why is glass collected separately?
- Glass containers can break easily during collection. When broken glass mixes with other containers it makes materials more difficult to recycle.
- A new province-wide recycling regulation came into effect May 19, 2014, which requires glass to be collected separately from other materials.
- Separated glass collection means glass can be recycled from the curbside or recycling room, instead of being taken to a recycling depot.
West Van residents weigh in on recycling
With the help of the North Shore Recycling Program, we consulted residents to find out what is important to them when it comes to who makes recycling service decisions, the type of recycling service they prefer to receive, and their willingness to pay for various levels of service.