Are FareSavers recyclable? Partially

First published on February 27, 2013

FareSavers are the prepaid transit tickets bought in packets of 10 for use on Metro Vancouver’s buses and SkyTrains.

I quickly asked a handful of people about whether FareSavers are recyclable and they were all unsure, and all of them, including me, got it wrong.

According to TransLink, the outer booklet is recyclable:

FareSaver outer booklet

… but the individual tickets are not due to the magnetic stripe.

FareSaver individual ticket

I suppose you could tear off the magnetic stripe to throw away and recycle the rest.

Extra related note: if you’re coming back to Vancouver via the YVR airport and planning to take the Canada Line SkyTrain, be sure to bring a FareSaver or purchase a booklet or pass at the 7-Eleven in the airport; the machines at the airport charge an extra $5 for an individual ticket.


2 Responses to “Are FareSavers recyclable? Partially”

  1. tim says:

    I’ve been doing it completely opposite all these years. This was useful, thanks.

  2. Nikson says:

    Thank you for the information!
    I have been accumulating all my used faresaver ticket and put them all into the ‘used ticket box’ at the skytrain station on the expo line. I did that because I thought translink has it own way to recycle those…..
    So, is that mean Translink will just throw away all those collected used faresaver tickets into the garbage as they are not recycleable? I really wanted to know what they do about all those used ticket!!

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