Streetside recycling

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 is expanding streetside recycling to other commercial areas in West Vancouver.

Horseshoe Bay Village Recycling Pilot Project


This spring, the District of West Vancouver will introduce 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 will replace existing garbage bins along the roadside and feature recycling options for paper and containers, as well as traditional garbage collection.

Why this project?

The new streetside recycling bins will provide new opportunities for residents and visitors to recycle in West Vancouver business districts. Based on a recent study, around 40 per cent of materials from streetside bins in these areas can be recycled instead of thrown out as garbage.

Where will the new bins be located?

New three-stream bins will replace most of the District-owned garbage cans in the commercial areas between Taylor Way and 25th Street.

The total number of streetside bins provided by the District will not change. However, the new bins will provide almost three times the capacity of the existing garbage-only bins, resulting in an overall increase in that amount of waste that can be collected.

What will happen to the garbage only bins that are being replaced?

The single-stream Modena garbage bins purchased in 2014 will continue to be used. They will be cleaned and redeployed to various parks locations to replace old and worn out or broken metal or concrete garbage bins. 

When will the project start?

The new bins will be installed from late March to May of 2019.

Next Steps

Once the new bins have been installed, they will be regularly serviced and maintained by the District’s collection contractor. During the initial stages of this expansion, the District will be working closely with the contractor to monitor the project and ensure it’s working effectively.


Recycling effectively in public spaces can be challenging. Bins don’t recycle, people do!

Research shows there is room for improvement when recycling in public spaces.

To make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle correctly, the new colour-coded bins will match West Vancouver’s residential recycling program.

What goes where?


Trevor Doré
Community Programs Coordinator



What goes in

Similar to the residential recycling program, the following items are accepted in each stream:

Containers (blue) stream:

  • disposable paper and plastic cups
  • rigid plastic containers
  • tin and steel containers
  • aluminium foil and foil containers
  • 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

Paper (yellow) stream:

  • newspaper
  • cardboard coffee sleeves
  • mixed paper
  • small cardboard

Garbage (black) stream:

  • chip bags
  • candy wrappers
  • drinking straws
  • plastic cutlery
  • diapers
  • Styrofoam
  • non-recyclables