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Acceptable Materials

North Shore Recycling Program Recycling Set-out

On this page you'll find what materials we accept in our single-family curbside program and what to do with the materials we do not accept. If you have an item you don't see here, check our Recycle This! feature.

The single-family residential curbside recycling program consists of:

For materials too big to set out for curbside collection, single-family residents also have access to the North Shore Recycling Drop-off Depot.

Recyclable Material:

Blue Box


What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include


Bottles & Jars

North Shore Recycling Program Glass

GLASS BOTTLES & JARS, including clear and coloured glass.

REMOVE LIDS.  Rinse lightly. Place loosely in the Blue Box. Labels OK. Metal lids can go in the Blue Box.

X Light bulbs

X Window glass

X Mirror glass

X Ornaments

X Drinking glasses

X Ceramics (e.g., plates, mugs).


Food & Beverage Cans & Tins Only

North Shore Recycling Program Metal

ALL FOOD-GRADE ALUMINUM & STEEL CANS, including pet food tins. Cans only, please.

REMOVE LABELS & RINSE lightly. Flatten cans so more material will fit in the Blue Box and the recycling truck. Place tins loosely in the Blue Box and set at the curb. Recycle paper labels in your Yellow Bag.

X Aerosol cans

X Cans that contained hazardous chemicals

X Scrap metal, hangers, etc.


Bottles & Containers

North Shore Recycling Program Plastic

with any one of these symbols:

North Shore Recycling Program Symbols

REMOVE LIDS. Rinse bottles and squash or flatten (if possible), then place loosely in the Blue Box and set at the curb.

Labels OK.

Containers containing normal day-to-day household products used inside the home, such as bleach, rubbing alcohol, ammonia are accepted.

Containers are to be empty, clean and dry.

X Any plastic container with 3, 6, 7 or no # on the bottom, or that isn’t 'rigid', (no plastic bags, bubble wrap, etc.)

X Styrofoam

X Empty motor oil bottles

X Containers with skull and crossbones

X Containers for products accepted under Product Care.

X Containers containing chemicals used in the garage such as adhesives, fuel, solvents, etc.



Food Grade Foil & Foil Containers

North Shore Recycling Program Aluminum

FOOD-GRADE ALUMINUM FOIL PRODUCTS, including roasting pans, tart cups, pie plates, used sheet foil, bread pans, etc.

RINSE lightly to remove food residue. Flatten if possible so more material will fit in the Blue Box and the recycling truck. Place aluminum foil products loosely in the Blue Box and set at the curb.

X Aluminum pots

X Frying pans

X Scrap Aluminum items such as lawn chairs, etc.


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Yellow Bag


What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include


Boxboard and Mixed Paper (including clean pizza boxes)

North Shore Recycling Program Mixed Paper Products

100% PAPER ITEMS, including boxboard, phone books, paperbacks, junk mail, magazines, catalogues, office paper & envelopes, paper egg cartons, toilet paper cores, shredded paper (contained in paper bag).

REMOVE ANY PLASTIC LINERS, flatten boxboard and place in Yellow Bag. Place Yellow Bag out next to your Blue Box (not on top) on collection day. Staples & envelope windows OK.

X Waxed or foil-coated paper

X Juice boxes, milk, soy or rice milk cartons

X Bathroom tissue, Paper towels or ‘Soiled’ paper

X Wrapping paper (i.e. gift wrap, tissue paper)

X Photos or Children’s art projects (with ‘stuff’ glued on), etc.


North Shore Recycling Program Corrugated Cardboard

ALL NON-WAXED CORRUGATED CARDBOARD including packing & shipping boxes, corrugated packing material, etc.

CUT DOWN to fit inside the Yellow Bag, or neatly tie bundles measuring no larger than 2' x 3' x 6” high (tie securely with string or twine - no wire or plastic strapping, please). Place beside Blue Box.

X Waxed cardboard (use your fingernail to scratch the surface to check for wax)

X Any cardboard pieces larger than 2’ x 3’

X Unbundled (i.e., loose stacks) or dirty cardboard

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Blue Bag


What to Recycle

How to Prepare

Do NOT include


North Shore Recycling Program Newspapers & Inserts

NEWSPAPERS AND NEWSPRINT including all inserts & flyers that arrive inside your newspaper.

PLACE CLEAN NEWSPAPERS & INSERTS IN THE BLUE BAG and put the Blue Bag out at the curb next to your Blue Box (not on top).

X Mixed paper products

X Corrugated cardboard

X Any non-newsprint material or products.

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Curious about recycling Shredded Paper?

Watch this video to find out your options:

Click here to view this video on YouTube.

            • Newspaper
            • Newspaper inserts



            North Shore Recycling ClockPut your recycling out with your garbage prior to 7:30 am on your regular garbage day (but not before 5:30 a.m) - setting it out the night before is unsightly and encourages problems with wildlife.

            Order Boxes & Bags

            North Shore Recycling Program Blue BagNeed a new Blue Box, Blue Bag, Yellow Bag, Yard Trimmings decal or recycling guide? Just click here to access our order page.

            Did you know...

            North Shore Recycling Program TrashMetro Vancouver has a material ban in place for all materials recyclable in the Blue Box - recycling is required in order to help us meet the 70% waste diversion goal.

            Questions about the bans? Visit metrovancouver.org.

            Toilet Rebate Program

            Your old toilet is worth $50 when you replace it with a new 4.8L or dual-flush model!North Shore Recycling Program Toilet Rebate

            The City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and District of West Vancouver have teamed up with the North Shore Recycling Program to deliver a toilet rebate replacement program that puts water conservation to work - right in your home. Get your rebate today!

            Click here and look under "Brochures and Guides" to download the Toilet Rebate Brochure for program details and the application form.