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Commercial Building Guidelines

Containers for Recycling

Depending on the volume of recyclables anticipated in a commercial building, containers options include:

Recycling Carts

Recycling carts vary in size and clearance requirement.

Typical Recycling Cart Size 360 litres (79 gallons)
Measurements:     Height              
118.11 cm (46")
71.12 cm (28")
78.74 cm (31")
Front-end bins
Many commercial properties with significant waste-stream volumes use
front-end bins similar in design to garbage containers for their recyclables, such as cardboard recycling. See Containers for Garbage for front-end bin measurements.

Compacting systems may be appropriate to deal with materials such as cardboard or plastic containers in some commercial buildings. A service provider can assist with choosing the best containers and collection system for different commercial buildings.

Materials to be Recycled
Commercial buildings must be provide an adequate number of containers for the recycling of materials banned from disposal in regular garbage. Materials banned from garbage include:
  • corrugated cardboard,
  • recyclable containers (all except milk cartons),
  • containers made of glass, metal and recyclable plastic (1, 2, 4, and 5),
  • green (yard) waste, and more.

An up-to-date list of banned materials can be obtained from Metro Vancouver's website, see Banned Materials.

Source Separated vs. Commingled Recyclables
Recycling carts and bins may be used to segregate recycle materials into components that may increase the worth of the materials enough to offset (in part or in whole) the cost of the collections.

Depending on the space allocated for recycling and an assessment of the building's waste stream, collection contractors may offer collection for source separated recyclables or some form of commingled recyclables (meaning different types of recyclables are mixed together).

Cooking Oil and Grease Bins
As noted in City bylaws, food sector establishments must properly manage use cooking oils and grease to ensure no grease or oil is poured in any sink or floor drain. Proper management includes installing and maintaining grease interceptors and recycling quantities of used oil and grease. To learn more, call the Grease Inspector at 604-247-4698.

Establishments may require space to store a grease container internal or external to their operation. To learn more, including companies that recycle used cooking oil and grease, contact the Recycling Council of BC Hotline at 604-732-9253.