What Vancouverites need to know about garbage collection during COVID-19

City outlines rules around recycling, disposal facilities and curbside collection

The city is instituting some changes to its waste disposal and collection services as part of its reponse to COVID-19. The temporary changes are meant to ensure the health and safety of staff, and to maintain those essential services.

Residents and business owners will also be required to change the way they manage their waste based on information outlined in a press release issued by the City of Vancouver, March 30.

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“While now may seem like a good time to do spring cleaning, residents should note that access to our recycling and disposal facilities is being restricted to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” the city said.

“Residents are strongly advised to visit these facilities only if absolutely necessary and to expect delays.


Keep your distance:

The city says people must arrive by car, not on foot, in order to encourage social distancing and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Cash and cheque payments are no longer accepted.

Services that have been suspended or cancelled until further notice:

  • Foam packaging (Styrofoam) drop-off
  • Clothing and textiles drop-off
  • Compost sales at the landfill
  • Backyard composter sales
  • New drywall drop-off (used drywall is still accepted at Vancouver Landfill)

Residential curbside collection:

Garbage and green bin collections are continuing on their regular schedule. To protect frontline staff and keep essential services operating, the public is asked to follow these guidelines for curbside collection.

  • Set out bins only when full
  • Put all personal waste (such as used tissues, cleaning cloths, face masks, gloves, sanitary wipes, paper towels, napkins) in plastic bags, tie securely and place in the garbage bin. Do not put these items in the Green Bin.
  • If you are sick or caring for a sick person, double-bag all personal waste in plastic bags and tie securely before placing in the garbage
  • Unbagged or loose items in the garbage bin may result in your bin not being emptied
  • Do not dispose of wipes or cleaning cloths down the toilet, sink or drain, including those labelled “compostable” or “flushable" as they will clog the sewer system
  • Defer spring cleaning projects to help prevent overloading residential waste collection and depot facilities


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