Do you live in an apartment, condo or townhouse? If so, recycling couldn't be simpler - 3 blue carts - and that's it!
Cardboard, magazines, yoghurt containers and shampoo bottles are just a few of the items you can recycle in your building's recycling carts. Take a look at the Acceptable Materials list to find out what materials can be recycled and how to prepare them.
Your building's Newspaper Cart holds newspaper and newspaper inserts only, your Mixed Paper Cart will take Mixed Paper (including clean pizza boxes), and the Containers Cart accepts rigid plastic containers, hot and cold drink cups, milk and soup cartons and metal containers. And if you're stumped for where to store your recyclables until you can get them down to the carts, scroll down this page for a few stylish and/or practical ideas.
Find a storage spot. Baskets or boxes work great in a central location. If space is tight, try one of our multi-family recycling tote bags (while supplies last - our inventory is limited). Ask your building manager if they have a supply or stop by our office at 148 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver (8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays) to pick up your bag (1 per residential unit).
Recycle clean paper & other materials. More than 10% of our garbage is recyclable paper - that's way too much! Help get it out of the garbage by recycling it in the Mixed Paper & Newspaper carts. Then recycle cans, bottles, yoghurt containers, and much more.
Take it to the recycling carts. These are usually located near your building's garbage dumpster. Don't forget to flatten all boxes and plastic milk jugs to save space!
Book a free site visit with a North Shore Recycling Program expert to assess your building’s recycling needs. By educating residents on proper recycling, using clear signage and having the proper systems in place, your building can reduce waste and save money.
Call the office at 604.984.9730 to book a free visit or sign-up online.
To find out about how to recycle other materials outside of your municipal Blue Cart program, visit our Recycle This tool (click here).
Metro 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.