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Garbage & Recycling

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The City of Vancouver's Solid Waste Services, part of Vancouver Public Works, provides help and information to neighborhoods, businesses and residents who make our community sparkle. We oversee garbage, recycling and yard debris collection contracts and search out new ways to help improve these services that affect our daily lives.

Happy Thanksgiving! Holiday schedule reminder ...

Garbage, recycling and yard debris are not collected on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. So if your normal service day is Thursday, your collection will shift to Friday during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. If your normal service day is Friday, collection will instead occur on Saturdays during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. If your regular collection day is Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, set out carts for service as normal.

Special Tip for Holiday Lights!

Broken, tangled or old holiday lights? Wondering what to do with them? Please do not place them in your recycling cart; they will tangle on sorting machinery at the recycling facility and create a hazard for workers. Instead, recycled them at Earth Friendly Recycling, E H Metal Recycling, IMS Electronic Recycling and at the Lacamas Lake Lowes. Many local thrift stores will accept lights that are in good condition. See for more information.

Fall Leaf Coupons are Here!

Click here to download and print your copy of the free leaf disposal coupon. Use the coupon from Oct. 1 to Dec. 20, 2014, for free leaf disposal at City Bark, H&H Wood Recyclers or West Van Materials Recovery Center. Only leaves - not other yard debris - may be disposed of as part of this free program for Vancouver and Clark County residents. A coupon is required; also look for fall leaf coupons in neighborhood newsletters and the curbside recycling newsletter.

Remember, prevent street flooding - Don't place leaves in the street!

More Info

We invite you to explore the many online tools, tips and links below. Check the Talking Trash page for the latest news about what's happening to support your recycling, reusing and reducing efforts!

Click here for more information for residential customers, including commonly selected service levels.

Get your handy Recollect schedule here.

Never miss another collection day!

Use this helpful tool to get the garbage, recycling and optional yard debris schedule for your residence. Enter your address and hit search. You can also:

  • View, download and print your garbage and recycling collection calendar
  • Sign up for reminders by email, phone or twitter
  • Upload your schedule to your iCal, Google or Microsoft Outlook calendar
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Questions? Many of the answers to questions about recycling, reusing, reducing, rates and more can be found in the sections below and the links on the sides of this webpage.

Don't miss the link to our partners at Clark County for a guide to recycling hundreds of products and household items:

Wondering when the next special collections are? Check out the Talking Trash page.