Metro Vancouver

  

Metro Vancouver comprises 22 municipalities, one electoral area, and one treaty First Nation.

Through Metro Vancouver, each representative has a say in how the region is run. The GVRD, GVWD and GVSDD Boards of Directors comprise mayors, councillors, electoral area director, and Chief from the federation on a “representation by population” basis.

Metro Vancouver is committed to:

  • delivering essential utility services, such as drinking water, sewage treatment, recycling and garbage disposal, economically and effectively on a regional basis,
  • maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in our region by managing and planning growth and development and protecting air quality and green spaces.

METRO VANCOUVER SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK

 

 

Metro Vancouver’ s Zero Waste Challenge

Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Framework envisages a zero waste region – no waste, only resources. Currently, residents and business recycle just over half of the 3.5 million tonnes of garbage, or solid waste, created in the region each year.

Although we recycle more than we ever did, our increasing population means we are challenged to even maintain our current 55% solid waste diversion rate.Recycling alone cannot be the answer. As long as total waste generation climbs in parallel with recycling volumes, we will not make progress toward Zero Waste – the amount of waste we generate in the first place must come down.

What is the Best Way of Managing our Waste?

 
Director Marvin Hunt, the 2009 Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Waste Management Committee addresses that broad question in an overview distributed in February to the news media. Read the overview…

Reducing Waste at Home and at Work
Join your neighbours in reducing waste at home and at work. Find tip sheets, case studies, directories and great ideas to reduce, reuse and recycle:

3 Rs and Safe Dispossal Opportunities

Banned & restricted materials

Certain types of materials, like corrugated cardboard, office paper and gypsum drywall are banned from the garbage because either they can be recycled. Other items like lead acid batteries are banned because they are hazardous.
Links arrow List of banned materials
 
 BuildSmart

This program works with the design and construction industry to promote green building systems, principles and practices from material sourcing to recycling or disposing of waste. BuildSmart helps professionals make informed choices when designing and constructing new or retrofitting existing buildings. 
 BuildSmart
 
Metro Vancouver Recycles

A free tool to help you find waste management services in your area. Contains over 1,300 locations within the Metro Vancouver region to donate, recycle or appropriately dispose of those items you no longer want. It can also help you find places to get the used items you need.
 
 SmartSteps

Metro Vancouver offers no-cost technical assistance; tools and information to help area businesses reduce waste and improve their resource efficiencies, using materials, energy, water and other resources more wisely while reducing their impacts on the environment, protecting profits and adding value to the community.
 SmartSteps
 
Take-back programs

Numerous producers and manufacturers are taking back their products after consumers are finished with them for recycling or safe disposal. These Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs are funded through “eco-fees” at point of purchase.
Links arrow List of take-back/EPR programs
 
Transfer Stations

Businesses and residents can bring their waste to transfer stations where it can be dropped off for a fee. All transfer stations have a green waste (yard trimmings) area, and a recycle depot nearby.
Links arrow Transfer stations
 Residents -3Rs and Safe Disposal Opportunities

 Banned & restrticted materials

Certain types of materials, like corrugated cardboard, office paper and yard trimmings are banned from the garbage because they can be recycled. Other items like lead acid batteries are banned because they are hazardous.
Links arrow List of banned materials
 
Composting

Did you know 13 per cent of our garbage is food waste? Metro Vancouver and City Farmer have lots of information on how to reduce food waste by creating useful compost.
Links arrow More info
 
Curbside pickup / municipal links

If you have any questions about collection schedules or what you can put in your blue box contact your municipality. Please see sidebar for list of municipal solid waste & recycling webpages.
 
Household hazardous waste, used oil, electronics, deposit items, etc.

Numerous producers and manufacturers are taking back their products after consumers are finished with them for recycling or safe disposal. These Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs are funded through “eco-fees” at point of purchase.
Links arrow List of take-back/EPR programs
 
Metro Vancouver Recycles

A free tool to help you find waste management services in your area. Contains over 1,300 locations within the Metro Vancouver region to donate, recycle or appropriately dispose of those items you no longer want. It can also help you find places to get the used items you need.
 
Transfer Stations
 

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