Green Bin Program: Prepare food scraps and yard waste for collection

If every resident in Vancouver recycled food scraps for a whole year, we’d remove 5,500 trucks worth of food scraps from the landfill.

Live in a house or duplex?

You can put all your food scraps, plate scrapings and food-soiled paper in your Green Bin for weekly collection.

Live in a multi-unit building?

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.

Learn more about food scraps collection for multi-unit buildings

What you can put in your Green Bin

What can go in the green bin

Accepted items

Unaccepted items

Food scraps

  • Dairy products, including cheese and yogurt
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Meat, bones, fish, and seafood shells
  • Noodles, rice, beans, grains, and bread
  • Small amounts of oil and fat (soaked in paper towel or newspaper)
  • Teabags, coffee grounds, and filters
  • Tissue paper (no blood or fecal matter)

Food-soiled paper products

  • Empty cereal boxes (no plastic liners)
  • Paper bags (for lining kitchen containers, such as Bag-to-Earth)
  • Paper napkins
  • Parchment and wax paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Newspaper (for wrapping food scraps or lining kitchen containers)
  • Used paper dishes (no plastic coating)

Yard trimmings

  • Leaves and grass clippings
  • Short branches and prunings (under 10 cm thick and 50 cm long)
  • Weeds, plants, and flowers

Fecal matter

  • Animal waste
  • Diapers

Large or heavy items

  • Branches or prunings over 10 cm thick and 50 cm long
  • Lumber or other wood products
  • Rocks, soil, or sod


  • Compostable or biodegradable plastic bags
  • Plastic bags, wrap, or containers

Extra food scraps and yard waste

Your Green Bin must shut completely to be picked up by the City's automated trucks. If you often have items that will not fit in your bin, you have options.

Should it go in the garbage bin?


To make sure your garbage gets collected by the City, keep banned items out of your bin and ensure that your bin is not overflowing. Learn more about what can go into your garbage bin, and how to set out your bin correctly.

Can the City recycle it?


Find out what items can go into your blue box, and how to prepare them correctly so they can be collected and recycled by the City.

What the city does not pick up

Dispose of other items

Not everything can go in to your garbage, recycling, and green bins. Many items can be recycled. Find out how to dispose of items from your home that you do not want anymore.

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How to prevent odours and pests

Prevent odours and pests

Find information on ways to prevent odours and pests related to food scraps and yard waste.

Make a kitchen container liner in 5 easy steps

Use our Green Bin origami guide to make a liner for your kitchen container.

Green Bin origami guide to make a kitchen container liner

Download the instructions

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.

Keep items that are not accepted out

Unaccepted items notice

If the City's collection crew found unacceptable items in your garbage bin or Green Bin, you may find a note to explain why your items were left behind.

Remove the unacceptable items so that your garbage bin or Green Bin can be emptied next time.

Need supplies?

Get bins, boxes, and bags

Learn how to get the garbage, recycling, and green waste supplies that you need, including stickers for extra garbage. Find out how to get a different size bin for garbage and green waste.

Last modified: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:53:42

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