Commercial Building GuidelinesIt used to be an afterthought. Buildings were designed, space was allocated, access roads were planned, and then someone would ask, "Now what about garbage and recycling?" Thankfully, those days are gone. Solid waste management is now an integral part of the development planning process.
This page is intended to assist designers and developers of commercial buildings with:
- Develop building design to support convenient access to full range of recycling and garbage services,
- Develop building design to ensure sufficient space is allocated for collection of materials,
- Create efficient centralized collection areas with sufficient space for recycling and garbage containers or other materials that are generated by the business operation to help avoid unsightly premises,
- Minimize contamination of recycling by designing areas to accommodate convenient grouping of recycling types and space for instructional materials.
To download a PDF copy of the commercial building guidelines, see City of Richmond Waste Management Design Guidelines.
Please note: This resource presents key strategies and general advice for meeting the City regulations. This information should be used with, not in place of, all applicable building codes, City standards and other relevant legislation.
In addition, Metro Vancouver offers a directory of reuse and recycling services. See Recycling Directory for more information.