Garbage, Recycling & Composting

Where Does Our Garbage Go? Think Twice!


Canadians generate approximately 31 million tonnes of garbage a year and only recycle about 30 per cent of that material. This means that each person generates approximately 2.7 kg of garbage each day. Due to the sheer volume of waste many existing landfill sites are approaching capacity and few people want new sites built near their communities.

Metro Vancouver Solid Waste Management


Approval of the Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ISWRMP) in July 2011 set the framework for solid waste management in the Metro Vancouver Region for the next decade. The plan covers an eight-year period and will be reviewed and updated in 2018. Every two years, Metro Vancouver reviews and reports on what progress has been made towards the plan’s goals (Biennial Summary Report and Appendix B - Municipal Report). 

Recycling Truck