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.