Waste Reduction

It's time to get serious about trash

We have ambitious goals to reduce the amount of waste going to our landfills. Every year we manage thousands of tonnes of waste, which produces greenhouse gases such as methane, costs money and consumes other resources.

If we're serious about saving the world for ourselves and future generations, we must move towards zero waste through recycling, composting and reusing programs.

Making small changes to our approach to trash can make a big difference in reducing waste.

Solid waste initiatives

We're one of 21 member municipalities working with Metro Vancouver on solid waste initiatives, including the Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ISWRMP). The plan aims to:

  • minimize waste generation
  • maximize reuse, recycling and material recovery
  • recover energy from the waste stream after material recycling
  • dispose of remaining waste in a landfill after material recycling and energy recovery

Join us and help keep items out of the landfill by following these easy steps:

  • Buy fewer things, including clothes. Only buy quality clothing so that you can wear them for a long time.
  • Avoid items like plastic bags, cutlery, straws, extra napkins or receipts/bills if you aren't going to use them.
  • Take a reusable bag when you go grocery shopping.
  • Don't use non-recyclable items like clingwrap or bubble wrap.
  • Minimize use of coffee pods, paper towels, detergent pods. Switch to the traditional way of doing things. Make coffee on the stovetop or using a French press. Use rags or towels to wipe hands and liquid soap or powder to wash clothes.

  • Reduce food waste by doing weekly meal planning.
  • Before ordering or buying more supplies, check your fridge and pantry to see what you already have.
  • Grow the vegetables you can–like herbs, spinach, tomatoes and more. By growing your own, you help lower packaging and energy costs related to shipping.
  • Shop in bulk and at zero-waste stores that encourage you to bring reusable bags, cups or bottles.
  • Borrow or rent items instead of buying something new. Swap items with friends or consider shopping at thrift stores or garage sales.

  • Repair electronics and appliances like phones, microwaves, washing machines, etc., to extend their lives.
  • Learn how to make minor fixes to things around the house.
  • Get your car, refrigerators, air conditioners etc., checked regularly to catch any issues and avoid replacing them.

Charities and neighbourhood share groups are great for donating old household items that are in working condition.

Local charities

Neighbourhood share groups

Have questions?

Solid Waste and Recycling Division
24-hour information
BC recycling hotline

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