Get waste collection for your multi-unit residential building

Learn about waste collection for food scraps, recycling, yard waste, and garbage at apartments, condominiums, and multi-unit residential buildings.

Food scraps collection

 Food scraps are banned by both the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver regional district from disposal as garbage.

That means all food scraps – raw and cooked food, plate scrapings, leftovers, expired food, meat, bones, and dairy products – need to be recycled.

Recycling food scraps reduces garbage and greenhouse gases, and creates compost for local agriculture.

Start a collection program now

Do we already collect your building's garbage or yard waste? We can also collect food scraps from your building. To inquire, phone 3-1-1.

Otherwise, hire a private hauler or compost food scraps on-site.

Get resources to start a collection program

Visit Metro Vancouver’s website  for how-to guides, tips, posters, and signs.

Why not recycle your food scraps on-site?

Recycle food scraps at your building or business on-site

Recycling food scraps at your multi-unit residential building or business can save you money on disposal fees and create compost for landscaping. Find out if on-site organics management systems suit your needs.

Recycling collection

We collect recycling from all multi-unit residential buildings in Vancouver.

  • Four or fewer units? Each unit gets a grey box, blue box, and yellow bag.
  • Five or more units? Your building gets wheeled blue carts to put in a common area accessible to all residents.

To sign up your building for our recycling collection service, phone 3-1-1.

Find out how you can improve recycling at your building using Metro Vancouver's multi-family recycling toolkit

Garbage collection

We collect garbage in wheeled garbage carts from a small number of multi-unit residential buildings.

Currently, we are not accepting new customers for this service.

We don't offer garbage dumpster service.

Hire a private hauler to collect your building's garbage.

Yard waste collection

We collect yard trimmings in wheeled Green Bins from a small number of multi-unit residential buildings.

Do we already collect your building's garbage? We can also collect yard trimmings from your building. To inquire, phone 3-1-1.

Otherwise, hire a private hauler.

Food scraps collection

If your multi-unit residential building does not yet have a food scraps collection program, you can:

  • Refer your building manager or strata council to the "Building managers" tab on this webpage for details on how to start a collection program.
  • Drop off small quantities of food scraps at the Transfer Station or the Landfill. Check food scraps requirements and fees.
  • Start composting uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps at home with an affordable worm composter. Learn more and buy a worm composter.

Recycling collection

We collect recycling from all multi-unit residential buildings in Vancouver.

  • Buildings with four units or less: You should have a grey box, blue box, and yellow bag.
  • Buildings with five units or more: Your building should have wheeled blue carts in a common area accessible to all residents.

Don't receive recycling collection service from the City? Ask your building manager to phone 3-1-1 about starting a recycling program. Learn what you can recycle.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

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How much does it cost?

Property owners are charged annually for waste and recycling collection, usually based on the bin size.

Look up the rates

Disposal options for businesses

Waste disposal and recycling for businesses

Get resources to find a private hauler to collect your commercial garbage, recycling, food scraps, and yard waste.

Regulations on food scraps recycling

On October 14, 2014, Council enacted two bylaws that require all City of Vancouver business licence-holders, property owners, and occupants to recycle their food scraps starting January 1, 2015.