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

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Accepted items

What can go in the green bin

Food scraps

  • Dairy products, including cheese and yogurt
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Meat, bones, fish, and seafood shells
  • Noodles, rice, beans, grains, and bread
  • Plate scrapings
  • 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)
  • Paper napkins
  • Parchment paper, wax paper, and waxed cardboard
  • Pizza boxes
  • Newspaper (for wrapping food scraps or lining kitchen containers)
  • Used paper dishes (no plastic coating)

Yard trimmings

  • Leaves and grass clippings
  • Short branches and prunings (under 10 cm thick and 50 cm long)
  • Weeds, plants, and flowers

Not accepted items

Fecal matter

  • Animal waste
  • Diapers

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
  • Products made of Polylactic Acid (PLA) (containers, disposable plates, cutlery)

If we find banned items in your Green Bin, your food scraps and yard waste may not get collected. Please remove any banned items so we can pick up your Green Bin next time.

Have extra yard trimmings that won't fit into your bin?
Here are some options.

 If your Green Bin is overflowing, our crews may not collect it. Please make sure the lid on your Green Bin can fully close.

Preventing food waste in your home

Love Food Hate Waste websiteOur region throws out 13,000 tonnes of healthy, edible food every year

What about all that effort, water, and energy spent to grow, process, package, and transport this food? Wasted.

And that food rotting in our landfill? Creating methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Stop wasting food in your home. Learn how on Metro Vancouver's Love Food Haste Waste website

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

Prevent odours and pests

Find information on ways to prevent odours and pests related to food scraps and yard waste.

Get bins, boxes, and bags

Get the garbage, recycling, and green waste supplies that you need, including stickers for extra garbage. Change the size of your bins.