August 25, 2016 3:16 pm
Updated: August 25, 2016 7:19 pm

New recycling pilot project launched in Vancouver

ABOVE: A new pilot project aimed at cleaning up Vancouver's downtown streets is being launched. Grace Ke has more details on the 31 four-stream recycling stations being set up.


The City of Vancouver has unveiled its latest initiative to help the city become the greenest in the world. Its aim is to keep streets cleaner and reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills.

Residents will no doubt notice the colourful bins along Vancouver’s streets.

The blue bin is for mixed containers, yellow is for clean mixed paper and green is for organics.

Black is for all other garbage.

Story continues below

Several different designs of bins were tested out but the peaked roof design, submitted by a student-led project at Emily Carr University, proved the most successful.

“When you are 10 metres or less away you can start to make the decision on what container and what material goes where,” said Allen Langdon with Multi Material BC.

There are 31 recycling stations throughout Vancouver’s West End. After the nine-month pilot project, an audit will be done and then organizers will decide on the next step.

A previous test run showed too many people were putting garbage in the container bin and containers in the garbage bin.

“If people are putting too much in the other bins then we can’t do it and so we are trying to educate people,” said Langdon.

The recycling program is a joint partnership between the City of Vancouver and Multi Material BC, that pays for the bins. They are a non-profit organization financed by Printed Paper and Packaging Producers.

– With files from Grace Ke

© 2016 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error


Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.