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
  • Meat, fish, or bones
  • Cooked food and oily food
  • Dairy, pasta, noodles, rice, or bread
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Teabags
  • Eggshells
  • Food-soiled paper, including pizza boxes, paper napkins, and paper bags used to collect food scraps
  • Leaves and grass clippings
  • Weeds, plants and flowers
  • Short branches and prunings (less than 10 cm thick, and less than 0.5 m long)
  • Plastic bags, wrap, or containers
  • Compostable or biodegradable plastic bags
  • Rocks, soil, or sod
  • Animal waste
  • Diapers
  • Lumber or other wood products
  • Branches or prunings bigger than 10 cm (4 in) in diameter and more than 0.5 m (1.6 ft) in length

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?

Garbage

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?

Recycling

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 that you do not want anymore.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

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

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

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More ways to contact us

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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