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Recycling Renewal Program

What is the Recycling Renewal Program?

In 2010, the Lower Mainland Health Authorities initiated the Recycling Renewal Program (RRP) at Health Authority owned hospital and residential care sites with the objective of creating a united effort to reduce health care waste and improve human and environmental health in the region.

The RRP provides health care sites with standardized recycling equipment and signage, as well as staff education. As of April 2017, the RRP has been implemented at 57 hospital and residential sites in the region


The Recycling Renewal Program Includes 3 Main Streams of Waste

Click on each poster to find a list of acceptable materials for each stream.

For more information about where to dispose of an item, check out the Recycling & Waste Segregation Guide.


The Recycling Renewal Program program has 2 sizes of recycling bins

  1. Slim Jims: 11”(l) x 21”(d) x 30”(h)
  2. Desk side bins: 14.4”(l) x 10.25”(d) x 15”(h)

Recycling bins are blue, in order to differentiate them from garbage bins.

For information about the implementation process, see the RRP Resource: Phases of Implementation.

What are we trying to achieve?


1. Work towards becoming a Zero Waste system

The Lower Mainland Health Authorities have aligned waste diversion goals with Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste targets. The ultimate goal is a health care system that significantly reduces waste sent to landfills or incinerators, and fully optimizes reduction, reuse and recycle strategies. The Recycling Renewal Program is one of the ways that our Energy and Environmental Sustainability team is working towards Zero Waste health care.

2. Make Recycling Easy and Accessible

It is our goal to make the RRP easy and accessible for all staff, physicians, patients, volunteers and visitors. The standardized program facilitates recycling across all Lower Mainland healthcare sites and is transferrable from one site to another. Clear signage attached to each one of our bins helps to reduce confusion and error at the time of disposal. 


The RRP targets include implementation at 100% of all hospital and residential sites within the region by late 2016 and increasing waste diversion to 70% by 2015. This target aligns with the Metro Vancouver waste diversion target for municipal solid waste.

How Are We Doing?

Healthcare waste across FH, VCH, PHC and PHSA during 2015 was made up of:

  • 63% garbage
  • 9% biomedical
  • 28% recycling

(Source: Business Initiatives Support Services)

Health Care sites implemented to date: 57 or 100% of all Lower Mainland hospital and residential sites.

The graph below shows 2015 average annual waste diversion rates for each health organization up to November 2015. Source: Business Initiatives and Support Services 











The waste diversion rate is the percentage of waste diverted from landfill/incineration by recycling or composting. 

Waste Diversion Rate (%) = Quantity recycled / (Quantity recycled + Quantity disposed*)
*Biomedical and chemical waste streams are not included in the Qty disposed.

Data is a combination of actual and averaged weights as not all containers are weighed; some variability in diversion rates can be attributed to this. Not all recycle data is available for Eagle Ridge, Burnaby and Mission Memorial. BISS transitioned to a new waste vendor in Nov 2013 and more recycling data is expected.

Organics recycling is currently undertaken in kitchens at most hospital and residential care sites and Food Services at 12 Lower Mainland hospitals. Organics recycling is managed by BISS.

How can you get involved?

Here are 3 easy ways to get involved in the Health Care Recycling Renewal Movement:

1. Get Informed The GreenCare Community site provides many resources to educate yourself about recycling and related topic areas. Take the time to inform yourself on current initiatives going on within your workplace and greater community.

Join the Recycling Renewal Group for discussions, sharing experiences & connecting with others.

Please visit our Zero Waste resources section for all RRP resources. Do not hesitate to ask any questions - we love to see staff, physicians and volunteers interested and involved in our programs. You are the key!



2. Get Active Become a leader in your work team and sign up as a Recycling Champion: a trained steward to the Recycling Renewal Program; you help monitor the program and educate others. If you are interested in becoming a Recycling Champion at your site please contact Sonja Janousek at Sonja.Janousek (@) fraserhealth.ca

Join the Recycling Renewal Group for discussions, sharing experiences & connecting with others.

Some teams and departments have gone above and beyond the RRP by hanging extra signs around their work spaces to spread awareness of the program, as well as hosting fun recycling challenges with local team targets. This is what we love to see, keep it up!  


3. Inspire Others Become a role model in your workplace and inspire behaviour change. Becoming a Green+Leader is one of the most effective ways to get yourself and your colleagues motivated to engage in environmental behaviours within your workplace.

Becoming a Green+Leader allows you to join a community of like-minded individuals and fulfill meaningful sustainable roles within your organization. Please visit the Green+Leaders program page on our website and contact Olive.Dempsey (@) fraserhealth.ca to get involved.




For the full set of Recycling Renewal Program Tools and Resources, please sign into the BC GreenCare website.


Program Tools  

Zero Waste

Active & Clean Transportation

Regenerative Design

Water Conservation & Restoration

Culture of Stewardship & Social Sustainability

Sustainable Supply Chain

Energy Conservation & Climate Neutral

Zero Toxicity

Healthy Land and Food

Transparent Reporting