Blue Cart Recycling

All multi-level complexes like apartments and condominiums and some townhomes have a recycling depot with Blue Carts for recycling mixed paper, containers and glass. They are generally located in the garbage room or other convenient location. For information about the recycling depot location in your complex, contact your building or property manager.

Blue Cart Recycling Guide

Here's how to use the City's Blue Cart program to recycle at home:

  1. Sort all recyclable items into the reusable indoor collection bag provided to each unit.
  2. Take your reusable bag to the collection area for your building and empty them into the Blue Carts available.
  3. Do not put your recyclables into a plastic bag - place them in the various recycling carts separately, and avoid stacking or nestling items together (e.g. a aluminium tin nestled inside a plastic container).
  4. Some household items, like propane tanks, and hazardous materials are not accepted as part of curbside or centralized collection. Please contact RCBC Recycling Hotline at 604-732-9253.
  5. Make sure containers are emptied and rinsed before placing them in the Blue Carts.
  6. Some carts are collected from a central site each week; however, some are brought to a designated collection area. If your complex requires that carts be moved to a designated collection area, please ensure the carts are there before 7:30 a.m. on collection day, but no earlier than 8:00 p.m. the night before.
  7. Statutory holidays will not affect collection. The only exception is Christmas Day, where collection may occur one day later if on a weekday.
  8. Please see the Blue Cart brochure or search the Recycling Wizard for information on what items go in your Blue Carts.
  9. For missed collection, please call 604-276-4010 or email Environmental Programs.

What goes where

Blue Cart Acceptable Items

What to Recycle
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Flattened cereal boxes
  • Inserts & flyers
  • Magazines & catalogues
  • Newspaper
  • Paper envelopes
  • Paper gift wrap & greeting cards
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Telephone books & other directories
  • Writing & home office paper
  • Note pads
  • Clear or coloured glass bottles and jars
  • Empty Aerosol cans & caps (food items, air fresheners, shaving cream, deodorant, hairspray)
  • Aluminium cans & lids
  • Aluminium foil & foil containers (foil wrap, pie plates, food trays)
  • Aseptic boxes or cartons for milk, milk-type beverages, cream, soup, broth, sauces
  • Frozen dessert boxes for ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc.
  • Gable-top cartons for milk, milk-type beverages, cream, substitute eggs
  • Microwavable bowls, cups & lids
  • Paper & plastic drink cups & lids
  • Plastic jugs with screw tops used for milk, cooking oil, laundry detergent, fabric softener; cleaning solutions, cleaning products, body care products, windshield washer fluids, etc.
  • Plastic bottles for food, dish soap, mouthwash, shampoos, conditioners
  • Plastic jars for peanut butter, jam, nuts, etc.
  • Plastic clamshells for baked goods, produce, fruit, etc. Containers are clear with hinged lid.
  • Spiral wound paper cans & lids (frozen juice concentrate, cookie dough, coffee, nuts, baby formula)
  • Tin & lids
How to Recycle
  • Remove plastic liners
  • Remove metal attachments
  • Flatten
  • Place in Mixed Paper Recycling Cart
  • Remove lids (Place lids in Containers Recycling Cart)
  • Rinse clean
  • Place in Glass Recycling Cart
  • Remove lids
  • Rinse clean
  • Place in Containers Recycling Cart
Do not include
  • Foil gift wrap
  • Ribbons or bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries
  • Rubber bands
  • Padded envelopes
  • Non-paper gift wrap
  • Ceramic mugs or other ceramic products
  • Drinking glass
  • Dishes or bowls
  • Eye glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Window glass
  • Ceramics (plates/cups)
  • Drinking glass
  • Film or soft plastics (e.g. grocery bags)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Motor oil containers
  • Styrofoam
  • Window glass

How to Get an Indoor Collection Bag

There is no charge for new or replacement Blue Cart indoor recycling bags. To get a new or replacement bag, please call 604-276-4010, or pick one up at the following locations:

City Recycling Depot

5555 Lynas Lane

Monday to Sunday, from 9:00am to 6:15pm

(Closed on Statutory Holidays)

City Hall

6911 No. 3 Road

Monday to Friday, from 8:15am to 5:00pm

(Closed on Weekends & Statutory holidays)

Online request: Select "Need Help" from the Recycling Wizard, then choose "I need to order bins".

Planning Recycling Locations for Multi-Family Buildings

To learn about the City of Richmond's guidelines relating to garbage and recycling for multi-family residential buildings, read the Waste Management Guidelines for Multi-Family and Mixed Use Buildings.

Helpful Links and Resources

Recycling Guide for Centralized Collection Service

Blue Cart Brochure

Blue Cart Brochure (Translated in Traditional Chinese)

Recycling Depot

Metro Vancouver Recycling Directory