Zero Waste reuse and recycling drop-off events – Vancouver

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COVID-19 update: drop-off eventshave resumed with some important changes

June 2021:To comply with COVID-19 health guidelines and to ensure the health of those attending and working at these events, we are implementing additional safety measures.These include limiting the number of vehicles and attendees allowed on site at one time, restricting traffic flow, and requesting all participants maintain proper physical distancing. If you attend, you should expect lineups and some delays.

When attending a drop off event, please follow these guidelines:

Material categories:

To help minimize interactions between staff and attendees, bring only accepted items that are sorted and bagged. Staff on site will not sort materials or handle unacceptable items. Items in their original packaging can stay in their original packaging. See below for a list of accepted and unaccepted items.

Becoming a Zero Waste community means rethinking what we send to the landfill, and looking for alternative ways to reuse and recycle as much as possible.

Whether youve just cleaned out your closet or have a garage full of old, broken, or unwanted electronics, these items can likely be reused or recycled instead of ending up in the landfill.

Find information on managing large quantities of residential recyclables in Vancouver.

The following items are accepted at each Zero Waste Reuse and Recycling Drop-off event.

Accessories (scarves, hats, gloves)

Bags and purses

Bath towels

Bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets)

Bicycles in good condition

Books (soft and hardcover)


Computers and monitors


Fabric shower curtains

Kitchen tea towels


Suitcases in good condition

Tablecloths and clothnapkins

Video game systems

Cable and charging cables


Electronics(TVs, CD and DVD players, VCRs)

Home theatre components

Household batteries

Light bulbs

Light fixtures


Pillows, cushions, and duvets

Portable audio and video equipment

Small household appliances

Power tools

Smoke and CO alarms

VHS tapes, CDs, floppy disks, cassette tapes

Clothing and other textiles can be dropped off for both reuse and recycling as long as they are washed and dry. This includes items that can be worn again or are torn, ripped, full of holes, stained, worn-out or faded, missing buttons, with broken zippers, or singles of paired items.Depending on the type of item and its condition, it will be reused, repurposed, or recycled.

Clothing or textiles that are wet, mildewed, contaminated or infested with moths or bed bugs will not be accepted.

For a full list of accepted items, visit our event partners' websites:

The following items are currently not accepted at Zero Waste reuse and recycling drop-off events:

Car seats*

Carpet and rugs

Construction materials, such as drywall and wood

Damaged bicycles

Damaged suitcases

Furniture and large or bulky items

Hazardous waste


Mattresses and box springs

Paper and magazines

Pharmaceutical products

Planter pots

Plastic storage containers

Propane tanks

Sinks, toilets, and bathtubs

Soft plastics




Used oil

Car seats are no longer accepted for recycling at the City's free reuse and recycling drop-off events. They can be recycled, for a fee, at the following events and locations:

Car seats were accepted at the City's reuse and recycling drop-off events in 2018 as part of a trial period where the we collected data on car seat recycling.

A total of 540 car seats were recycled during the trial period. We will use all data collected during the trial to advocate for and support a car seat Extended Producer Responsibility program where manufacturers and retailers are responsible for the end of life management of car seats.

Before items are brought to a Zero Waste drop-off event, consider if they can be repaired or repurposed.

The following non-profit organizations provide options:

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