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
Dairy products, including cheese and yogurt
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)
Parchment and wax paper
Newspaper (for wrapping food scraps or lining kitchen containers)
Used paper dishes (no plastic coating)
Leaves and grass clippings
Short branches and prunings (under 10 cm thick and 50 cm long)
Weeds, plants, and flowers
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.
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.
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.
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.