Revised GLASS CONTAINERS AND POLYSTYRENE (FOAM) COLLECTION SUSPENDED

Updated: Nov 24, 2021

Monday, November 22, 2021

Please be advised that starting, Monday November 22, 2021, the City of Vancouver has suspended the collection of glass containers and polystyrene (foam) until further notice. This takes effect in the Metro Vancouver region, including the City of Vancouver. The suspension is a result of flooding in other parts of BC and the BC State of Emergency.

This means that starting Monday, until service through Recycle BC resumes:

  • The City will not be collecting glass recycling bins/carts from single-family and multi-family residences.

  • The Vancouver Recycling Depot will not be able to accept glass containers and Polystyrene (foam) for recycling. Residents are asked to hold onto these materials and not place them into other recycling receptacles until further notice. In its notice to the City, Recycle BC advised: • The BC State of Emergency has caused multiple challenges for glass containers and Polystyrene (foam) recycling. The primary glass processing facility is under water, key transportation routes to reach alternate end market recycling processors are closed, and many of the trucks used for hauling materials are inaccessible. Those trucks that are available, are needed for priority movement of essential goods and medical supplies. • It was unable to provide an estimate on how long it will take to address these issues. The City of Vancouver will provide updates to residents as they become available.

  • There are no other impacts to garbage, food scraps (green cart), recycling or other Recycling Depot services at this time.

  • If you receive any questions regarding this service suspension, please send an email to info@recyclebc.ca or by phone at 778-588-9504.

  • Thank you for your attention and anticipated cooperation.



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