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Green Can / Food Scraps

Food scraps make up 40 per cent of our household waste. Use your curbside Green Can or multi-family Green bin to dispose of food waste.

  • Place food scraps and food-soiled paper together in your apartment building’s Green bin, or with yard trimmings in a 77-litre can with a lid and a Green Can decal if you use curbside collection
  • Most multi-family Green bins do not allow yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, and yard trimmings). Check with your building or strata manager for details. 
  • Curbside Green Cans (food scraps and yard trimmings) are collected by City crews every week


What goes in 

Bread, toast, cereal, baked goods & pizza
Cake, cookies, pie, muffins & candies
Coffee grounds & filters, teabags (no silk bags)
Dairy products, cheese & yogurt (no containers)
Eggs & egg shells
Fruit, vegetables, salads, corn cobs, corn husks & pumpkins
Meat, fish & shellfish (including bones)
Nuts & nutshells
Pasta, couscous, potatoes, rice, oatmeal, flour & grains
Sauces, mayonnaise, salad dressing, syrups, peanut butter, jams & jellies (no containers)
Small quantities of fats & oils (soak into used paper towels or newspaper)
Lard, gravy, butter & margarine
Food-soiled paper and paper food packaging (not wax-lined)
Paper towels, paper napkins, facial tissues
Paper towel & toilet paper rolls
Popsicle sticks, small wooden utensils, toothpicks, wood chips, sawdust from untreated wood & cold wood ashes (in paper bags)
Cardboard egg cartons
Paper plates
Plants and yard trimmings
Houseplants (without soil)
Weeds, plants, flowers
Yard trimmings, leaves, grass clippings, small branches and prunings (curbside collection only)

What stays out 

Plastic bags & wrap, Styrofoam
Biodegradable or compostable plastic bags
Plastic containers and plastic cutlery, even those marked biodegradable or compostable
Bread tags and twist ties
Foil wrap, containers and pie plates
Metal cans or glass jars
Cereal and cracker box liners
Chip and cookie bags
Pet food bags and other lined bags
Make-up remover pads, cotton swabs and balls
Butter wrappers (foil)
Dental floss, rubber bands
Soiled diapers, baby wipes
Cigarettes and butts
Vacuum contents and bags
Pet feces or kitty Iitter
Coffee cups and lids

 

Yard Trimmings (curbside collection only)

  • Use your 77 litre Green Bin for grass clippings, yard trimmings and food scraps
  • Yard trimmings also accepted in kraft-paper bags with folded tops (but no food scraps please).
  • Bundle twigs and branches with biodegradable string or twine. No wire, nylon rope or plastic strapping. Place beside, not inside, Green Cans.
  • Max bundle size: 1m long and 30cm in diameter. Max branch thickness: 7.5cm.
  • Max weight per can, bag or bundle: 20kg.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Can decals are available at City Hall (8:30am to 5pm, Mon-Fri) or call 604-987-7155 to have one mailed to you.


Critter-proof your green can

Garbage is the cause of 80 per cent of bear-human interactions on the North Shore. Keep your garbage and green can clean in order to keep bears (and other animals such as raccoons and crows) away.

  • STORE IT: Keep the Green Can in a secure location such as a garage, shed or lockable storage container until collection day. Put Green Cans out only on the morning of your collection day, before 7:30am, not the night before.
  • WRAP IT: Wrap food scraps in newspaper, paper towels or paper bags to reduce odours and help keep your can clean (never use biodegradable or compostable plastic bags).
  • FREEZE IT: Store food scraps in the freezer until collection day.
  • CLEAN IT: Wash the bin regularly with a mild detergent or a water & vinegar solution.

Learn more about reducing human-bear conflict


Backyard composting

You can compost most food scraps and yard trimmings in a backyard composter, and skip the Green Can. Composted organic materials turns into a nutrient-rich soil that you can use to feed your lawn and garden. Learn more at: Metro Vancouver Backyard Composting information

 

In this single family guide learn how and where to recycle items and find tips to create less garbage.
In this multi family guide, learn how and where to recylce items and use your buildings green bin.

 

Get in touch


Missed garbage or Green Can pick up (curbside collection only)?

Report with CityFix app, use online form or call City Operations at 604-987-7155

Missed recycling pick up?

Report with CityFix app, use online form or call Smithrite at 604-929-3416

Need a new Blue or Grey Box?

Pick up at City Hall or call City Operations at 604-987-7155 to have one mailed to you.

Download our Collection App

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North Shore Transfer Station

30 Riverside Drive, North Vancouver 604-681-5600

Zero Waste Coach

778-227-4267 / zerowaste@cnv.org

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