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How to set out garbage, recycling, and green waste for collection

To make sure your garbage, recycling or green waste gets collected, follow these guidelines:

  • Place bins, grey box, blue box, and yellow bag in such a way that collection crews can access them. 
  • Keep items that are not accepted out of your bins, grey box, blue box, and yellow bag.
  • Set out your bins, boxes, and bag by 7:00am on collection day.

What to do when your garbage, Green Bin, or recycling is not collected

Steps to set out your bins, boxes, and recycling bags

Set out your pickup by 7:00 am

Set it out

Set out your bins, grey box, blue box, and yellow bag in the lane or street by 7:00am on collection day.

When is your collection day?

Point the arrow on your bin lid away from your property

Point it

Place bins so the arrows on the lids points toward the centre of the lane or street (the handle will face your property).


Keep your bins at least 1 m apart

Space it

Place your bins so that there is approximately 1 m (3 ft) of space on all sides, and 3 m (10 ft) of clearance above.


Line up your recycling

Place your yellow bag between your grey box and your blue box, not across the top of them. Allow 1 m (3 ft) between your recycling containers and your Green Bin and garbage bin.

Find other recycling guidelines

Ensure carts have proper clearance; some items cannot be disposed of at the curb

Remove obstacles

Make sure there are no obstacles in the way of the collection truck.

Report an obstruction such as abandoned garbage

What the city picks up


Dispose of items the right way. Learn what goes in your garbage bin.

Food scraps and yard waste

Food isn't garbage. Learn more about food scraps recycling and what other items go in your Green Bin.

What we don't pick up


Learn more about recycling in your home.

City of Vancouver's recycling depots

Recycling and disposal facilities

Not everything can go into your collection bins. Find out how to dispose of items at one of our facilities.