Green Bin Program: Prepare food scraps and yard waste for collection
If you live in a house or duplex, put all your food scraps, plate scrapings and food-soiled paper in your Green Bin for collection.
Your Green Bin and recycling is emptied every week, and your garbage bin every other week.
If every house and duplex throughout Vancouver recycled food scraps for a whole year, we’d remove 2,800 trucks worth of food scraps from the landfill.
If you live in a house or duplex, you should have received a kitchen container. Use your container to collect your food scraps, and empty the contents of your container into your Green Bin.
If you did not receive a kitchen container, please call 3-1-1.
View your collection schedule
Green Bin Program What you can put in your Green Bin
Meat, fish, or bones
Cooked food and oily food
Dairy, pasta, noodles, rice, or bread
Fruit and vegetable scraps
Coffee grounds and filters
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
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.
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 that you do not want anymore.