Backyard composting is a cost effective and environmentally friendly way for you to produce nutrient-rich soil for your yard and garden, even if you already use your Green Bin. You can recycle:
Garden and yard trimmings
Uncooked food scraps, like vegetable and fruit peelings
Coffee grounds and tea bags
Avoid odours and attracting rodents and pests. Fish, meat, dairy, and grain products, grease, oil, and cooked foods like pasta and rice decompose too slowly in a backyard composter. Put these items in your Green Bin for collection.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: recycling and disposal facilities
December 14, 2020:
Help ensure health, safety, and continued operations:
Visit our facilities ONLY if absolutely necessary; if you are unwell stay home
If you visit our facilities, wash your hands before and after your visit and keep 2 m (6 ft) away from staff and other guests
Defer spring cleaning to help prevent overloading residential waste collection and depot facilities
Follow disposal guidelines for garbage and organic waste
Store bulky and recyclable items at home until the pandemic is over
Changes at our facilities:
Access is restricted to respect physical distancing so expect delays
Walk-ins not permitted (vehicles only)
NEW drywall drop-off (USED drywall still accepted at Vancouver Landfill)
Landfill open house
Compost is available for sale at the Vancouver Landfill
You must bring your own shovel and use one of the stations set up for self collection
Staff can help load customers who have trucks and trailers
Learn how to compost
Watch a video about composting your food scraps and yard waste in your backyard produced by City Farmer and the City at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden.
What about fish, meat, bones, dairy products, cooked foods, grain products, grease, and oils? Put these food scraps in your City Green Bin for recycling because they decompose too slowly in backyard composters, cause odour problems, and attract pests.