Paper, Plastics, Glass & More

Blue Box Recycling

Blue Box Recycling Guide
Here's how to use the City's Blue Box program to recycle at home

  1. Sort recyclable materials using the Blue Box, Blue Bag and Yellow Bag.
  2. Place at the curbside with your garbage cans before 7:30 a.m. on collection day, but no earlier than 8:00 p.m. the night before.
  3. If there's a statutory holiday, your collection day will occur one day later than the normal collection day and will resume on the regular schedule the following week.

What Goes Where

Blue Bag
Paper Products
Yellow Bag
Blue Box
What to Recycle
  • Newspaper
  • Non-glossy flyers and inserts
  • Corrugated Cardboard*
  • Catalogues & magazines
  • Cereal boxes
  • Glossy paper
  • Junk mail
  • Office paper
  • Packaged food boxes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Window envelopes
  • Glass food and beverage containers
  • Rigid plastic bottles and containers with coding 1,2,4,5
  • Tin and aluminium cans
How to Recycle Place in the Blue Bag
  • Remove plastic liners
  • Remove metal attachments
  • Flatten
  • Place in the Yellow Bag
  • Remove lids
  • Remove labels
  • Rinse clean
  • Place in Blue Box
Do not include
  • Other types of paper
  • Strings
  • Plastic or paper bags
  • Bathroom tissue
  • Carbon paper
  • Drink boxes
  • Milk Cartons
  • Paper towels
  • Waxed paper
  • Metallic Gift Wrap
  • Tissue Paper
  • Plastic tabs
  • Wax-coated cardboard
  • Unflattened boxes
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ceramics (plates/cups)
  • Drinking glass
  • Film or soft plastics (e.g. grocery bags)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Milk cartons
  • Motor oil containers
  • Other plastics marked 3,6,7
  • Styrofoam
  • Window glass

Blue Box Recycling Tips:

  • Separate Blue and Yellow Bags from Blue Box and do not place bags at the bottom of the Blue Box
  • Place bags beside or on top of the Blue Box
  • Bring excessive amounts of cardboard, containers (code 1, 2, 4, & 5) and/or paper products to City's Recycling Depot
  • * One bundle of corrugated cardboard is accepted per week for curbside pick up. Dimension is 3' (1 metre) x 2' (60 cm) and 4" (10 cm) in diameter.

How to Get a Blue Box, Blue Bag or Yellow Bag
There is no charge for new or replacement blue boxes, blue bags or yellow bags. To obtain these items, please call 604-276-4010, order them online or pick them up at the following locations:

City Recycling Depot
5555 Lynas Lane
Wednesday to Sunday (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays & Statutory Holidays)
9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

City Hall
6911 No. 3 Road
Monday to Friday (Closed on Weekends & Statutory Holidays)
8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Helpful Links & Resources
PDF Document Blue Box Brochure
PDF Document Blue Box Brochure (Translated in Traditional Chinese)
Recycling Depot
Metro Vancouver Recycling Directory

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