How to order, replace, or change bin size

The City of Vancouver provides homes with one garbage bin and one green bin. Any homeowner can:

  • Order new bins to replace missing or damaged bins
  • Request repairs to damaged bins
  • Order additional bins
  • Exchange bins for a different size

Note: Only a property owner can order, replace, or exchange bins.

Get the right bin size for your household

How much garbage, food scraps, and yard waste does your household create by collection day? If your bin is always filled to the top, consider a larger bin or an additional bin.

Suggested garbage bin size

Use the table below to help you gauge the right size garbage bin for your property.

Household size Suggested garbage bin volume
Up to 2 people  75 L
2 to 3 people 120 L
3 to 4 people 180 L
4 to 6 people  240 L
6 or more people 360 L

Bin dimensions and weight capacities

The image and table below show the different sizes of City garbage bins and green bins. The dimensions are approximate and may vary because we use carts from several manufacturers.

Garbage bins come in 5 sizes: 75 L, 120 L, 180 L, 240 L, and 360 L.

Green bins come in 4 sizes: 120 L, 180 L, 240 L, and 360 L.

Bin sizes

Bin volume Bin dimensions
(width × depth × height)
Maximum weight 
75 L
Garbage only
56 cm × 60 cm × 1 m
(22 in × 24 in × 40 in)
Capacity reduced by fixed insert
30 kg
120 L 56 cm × 60 cm × 1 m
(22 in × 24 in × 40 in)
50 kg
180 L 63 cm × 76 cm × 1 m
(25 in × 30 in × 40 in)
75 kg
240 L 66 cm × 84 cm × 1.1 m
(26 in × 33 in × 43 in)
100 kg
360 L 76 cm × 91 cm × 1.2 m
(30 in × 36 in × 46 in)
150 kg

The less waste you make, the less you pay

The annual rates billed to your property taxes for garbage and green waste collection are based on the size of bins registered to your property. Save money: use the most efficient bin size for your household.

Garbage bin collection annual rates

Bin size 2018 2017 2016
75 L $84 $75 $75
120 L $96 $86 $87
180 L $114 $102 $103
240 L $131 $117 $119
360 L $165 $148 $151

Note When flat-rated utility services change after the annual utility or Main property tax bill, we will recalculate the charges prior to the next annual billing. This may result in a new bill being issued.

Green bin collection annual rates

Bin size 2018 2017 2016
120 L $119 $111 $104
180 L $140 $130 $122
240 L $161 $150 $140
360 L $203 $189 $176

Note When flat-rated utility services change after the annual utility or Main property tax bill, we will recalculate the charges prior to the next annual billing.  This may result in a new bill being issued.

Call 3-1-1 to request garbage and green bins

To order, change sizes, or remove bins call 3-1-1. Our representatives will ask for your:

  • Name, address, and daytime phone number
  • Service requested
  • Current bin size (if applicable)
  • Bin size wanted

Replace missing or damaged bins

Complete our online form to replace your missing or damaged garbage or green bin.

Garbage cart Green bin

Label your bin

Write your address in the white space provided on the lid of your bin.

Bins are the property of the City of Vancouver, and must remain reusable. Bins are permanently damaged if they are marked outside of the designated white space on the lid. Replacing damaged bins increases the cost of service for customers.

You can exchange your bin for free once per year

Every calendar year, you can exchange a bin for a different size, or order an additional bin.

After that, you will be charged $25.00 per exchange, billed on your main property tax notice in late May.

Do you have extra garbage?

Stickers for extra garbage bags

If you have extra garbage that will not fit in your garbage bin, place your excess garbage in a bag, buy and put an "extra garbage sticker" on the bag.