Food isn't garbage

How you can support the ban on food in the garbage

Did you know that food scraps make up 40 per cent of the garbage going to our landfill? Discarded food in the landfill creates greenhouse gases.

Recycling our food scraps reduces the amount of garbage we produce, cuts down on global warming pollution, and creates compost soil for local gardens and farms.

Get resources to start recycling your food scraps now

As of January 1, 2015, both the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver regional district banned food scraps 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.

Get tips to start recycling your food scraps for your type of property, below.

Live in a house or duplex?

Recycle food scraps in your Green Bin

Find out what goes in your Green Bin and what to keep out.

Live in a multi-unit residential building?

Recycle food scraps in your Green Bin

Does your building get City Green Bin pickup? Learn what goes in your Green Bin and what to keep out.

Manage a multi-unit residential building?

Start a food scraps collection program with the City or a private hauler

Do we already collect your building's garbage? We may also be able to collect your food scraps, too. Phone 3-1-1 to inquire. Otherwise, hire a private waste service provider using our helpful tips and directory.

Consider on-site organics management systems

Composting food scraps at your 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.

Run a business?

Find a hauler

Tips on how to find a garbage, recycling, or food scraps hauler for your business.

Consider on-site organics management systems

Composting food scraps at your 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.

Get resources for your restaurant and grocery store

For help designing, starting, and maintaining a food scraps recycling program at your restaurant, read the "Closing the Loop" guide, case studies, and other tips on the Metro Vancouver Organics Ban website.

Regulations

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.