Climate Actions by Metro Vancouver

  • Waste Reduction Campaigns
    Metro Vancouver, member jurisdictions and other community partners encourage waste reduction and improved recycling with research-based campaigns promoted to residents and businesses throughout the year. All campaign materials are publically available for use by other organizations. The new Illegal Dumping campaign is one example.
  • Illegal Dumping – Put Waste in its Place
    Deliberately abandoning household items on public or private property is considered illegal dumping. There are options to properly dispose of unwanted items and waste. Find information on municipal pick-up services and locations to donate or recycle.
  • Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Conference
    The national Zero Waste Conference (ZWC) attracts thought leaders from around the world highlighting the successes, pitfalls, and opportunities they see – as the shift to a circular economy gains momentum.
  • Innovation and Wastewater
    Metro Vancouver is finding new ways to use the sewage that comes through its wastewater treatment plants. No longer seen as a waste product, wastewater can be used to produce heat, energy and ingredients for fertilizer and topsoil.
  • Diversion of Organics and Wood Waste
    Metro Vancouver’s organics and wood waste diversion activities include regional organics management, the operation of processing transfer facilities, enforcement of disposal bans, and development of public education campaigns.
  • Landfill Gas Capture Project (Coquitlam)
    Metro Vancouver manages a landfill gas collection system at the closed Coquitlam landfill, which captures and destroys methane that is still being generated by the buried waste.
  • Waste-to-Energy
    Metro Vancouver owns and operates a Waste to Energy facility that recovers enough energy to power 16,000 homes. The facility also extracts metals from solid waste that go to recycling. 


Metro Vancouver Related Plans and Policies

  • Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan
    The overriding principle of the Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan is the avoidance of waste through an aggressive waste reduction campaign and through the recovery of materials and energy from the waste that remains. 
  • Disposal Ban Program
    At Metro Vancouver disposal facilities, loads are inspected for banned materials that shouldn’t be in the garbage, such as recyclable materials, product stewardship materials, yard trimmings or hazardous materials that pose a risk to waste collection workers, the public, or the environment.
  • Organics Disposal Ban
    This applies to everyone in our region including all homes and apartments, businesses, schools, grocery stores and restaurants. Food scraps (raw food, plate scrapings, leftovers, depackaged food, meat, etc.) need to be separated from regular garbage.