Food Scraps 101: Tips for hassle-free food scraps recycling

Did you know that, since the Green Bin Program started, Vancouver households have reduced the amount of garbage going to the landfill by 40%?

But we can still do better!

Read on for no-fuss, no-mess tips for easily recycling your food scraps – without odours or pests – and help us become the greenest city in the world by 2020!

Tips for your kitchen container

Watch this video with Chinese subtitles on YouTube

How to line, use, empty, and clean it

Tips for your Green Bin

How to store, use, and clean it

Hire a company to clean your Green Bin

This list of bin-cleaning companies is for information only. The City does not support or guarantee the services of these companies.

Bioclens Environmental


Happy Bin Cleaning


No plastic in Green Bins

No plastic bags in food scraps The composting facility in Richmond can’t process any kind of plastic, even bags marketed “biodegradable" or "compostable" as it degrades the quality of the finished compost.

If there is too much plastic contamination, the truckload of yard trimmings and food scraps might simply go to the landfill.

Help your garden grow

A backyard composter in a garden

Garden composters

Buy an affordable backyard compost bin and get composting tips. Composting your food scraps and yard trimmings is a great way to reduce your household waste and create nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.

Go green with food scraps

Does your house, duplex, or multi-unit residential building get City waste collection service?

You can put all of your food scraps into your Green Bin.

Learn what goes in the Green Bin