The National Zero Waste Council is a leadership initiative of Metro Vancouver, bringing together governments, businesses and non-government organizations to advance waste prevention in Canada and the transition to a circular economy.

A focus on waste prevention and on cross-sector collaboration uniquely positions the Council as an agent of change in Canada - driving innovation in the design, production and use of goods in support of a circular economy. By taking action on the factors that drive waste generation the Council is supporting a high quality of life, environmental sustainability and economy prosperity while consuming fewer resources and less energy.

Founded by Metro Vancouver in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2013, the Council has united, among others, six of Canada's largest metropolitan regions – Metro Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary and Edmonton – with key business and government leaders, academia and non-profit organizations in a call for national action and systems change to address waste generation.




Canada united in the achievement of zero waste, now and for future generations.



To act collaboratively with business, government and the community, at the national and international level, as an agent of change for waste prevention and reduction in the design, production and use of goods.

Guiding Principles

  1. Commit to collaboratively working with business, government and community partners to develop new solutions.
  2. Adopt a waste prevention and reduction framework that positions Canadian cities and businesses to compete globally in an emerging resource-constrained economy.
  3. Align with global and international initiatives.
  4. Promote the economic, social, and environmental benefits associated with the conservation of resources
  5. Consider local and global consequence and long term impacts.


Strategic Directions

Design Change

Catalyzing change in the design of products and packaging to reduce material intensity and allow them to be more easily reused, recycled and recovered.

Behaviour Change

Catalyzing change in behaviour, among all stakeholders and sectors of society, with the goal of reducing the amount of waste entering the waste stream.