Green Bin Program: Toward zero waste

The Green Bin Program allows residents in houses, duplexes, and some multi-unit residential buildings to add their food scraps to their Green Bins.

The City recycles food scraps into valuable compost and soil for use in the region.

If every resident in Vancouver recycled food scraps for a whole year, we’d remove 5,500 trucks worth of food scraps from the landfill.

Recycling food scraps is an important part of Vancouver’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gases and organic waste going to the landfill. 

The Green Bin Program prepares us for a regional ban on disposing organic waste at the landfill starting in 2015.

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Progress with this initiative

Multi-unit residential buildings with City collection services join Green Bin Program

January 1, 2014 – Apartments, condos, or mixed-use (commercial and residential) buildings that already receive City garbage and yard waste collection service may also be suited for City food scraps collection.

All houses and duplexes can now recycle more food scrap items

September 11, 2012 – The expanded residential food scraps recycling program rolled out across the entire city. All residents in houses and duplexes can now put more food scrap items in their Green Bins, such as meat, fish, bones, dairy, bread, and cooked foods.

Pilot to accept more food scrap items launched in Riley Park and Sunset

September 2011 – The City introduced the expanded food scraps recycling pilot program allowing participating residents in the Riley Park and Sunset areas to put additional items, such as meat, cooked foods, dairy, and bread, as well as food-soiled paper such as pizza boxes, napkins, and paper plates in their Green Bins.

The collection schedule for residents involved in the expanded food scraps pilot program also changed so that food waste, yard waste, and recycling was picked up every week and garbage was picked up every other week.

Green Bin Program for food scraps recycling introduced in Vancouver

April 2010 – The City introduced the food scraps recycling program for houses and duplexes in Vancouver. Residents could put uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, and eggshells into their Green Bins.

Work leading up to the Green Bin Program

Vancouver was one of the first cities in the region to offer a food scraps recycling program.

In April 2010, the City launched the first phase of the program by allowing residents to add uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee filters and tea bags in their Green Bins. Residents diverted less than 0.3 kg of food scraps per household for each collection under this program.

The expanded food scraps pilot program

In September 2011, the City of Vancouver introduced an “expanded food scraps pilot program”, which allowed participating residents to put additional items in their Green Bins (like meat, bones, and dairy products, and food-soiled paper, among other things).

The pilot was extremely successful and ran in the Riley Park and Sunset areas. It allowed the City to test the best strategies for implementing an expanded residential food scraps collection program citywide.

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