The City picks up garbage curbside every other week from single family homes, duplexes, and some townhomes, with a limit of two 77-litre cans per address. Most residents in apartments and condos (and some townhomes) have garbage collected through a private waste hauler.

What Goes in the Garbage?

Not much! There are only a few items that go in the garbage, such as kitty litter, broken dishes, clingwrap, diapers and wipes. 

Before placing items in the garbage, check if they can be:

Keep Critters Out

Put your bins curbside between 5:30 and 7:30am on collection day, and clean your garbage bins regularly to help keep animals away. Learn more about reducing wildlife attractants on the Wildlife Awareness page.

Here are a few more suggestions to reduce garbage – and keep it safe.

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Repair, Refuse

The best way to deal with garbage is by not creating it in the first place.

  • Reduce waste by choosing items with minimal packaging.
  • Reuse items like shopping bags, water bottles and coffee mugs.
  • Repurpose goods by donating items you no longer need.
  • Repair broken items instead of throwing them out.
  • Refuse to buy products you won’t use often - rent or borrow instead.
  • Reduce, repair and reuse your clothes to help minimize landfill waste


Used clothing, books, small household items, and furniture can also be dropped off or picked up by many organizations throughout the City including

  • Salvation Army: 604-293-1711
  • Big Brothers: 604-521-4393 or
  • Canadian Diabetes Association: 604-732-1125
  • Harvest Project: Clothes for Change (clothing and shoes only)
  • SPCA Thrift Shop: 604-983-9522
  • Lions Gate Hospital Thrift Shop: 604-987-5938
  • Good Stuff Connection: 604-987-1773
  • Urban Repurpose: 604-990-5576 or (no clothing)

The North Vancouver City Firefighters Foundation also has secure clothing donation bins located at the Fire Hall, Petro-Canada (Lonsdale & 13th), and London Drugs (Lonsdale & 20th). Donations of clean and dry clothing, household textiles, and shoes (no fabric scraps or rags) raise funds for the charity.

clothing donation bin

Banned Items

The following items are banned from the garbage and must be recycled or disposed of at the North Shore Recycling & Waste Centre or at a disposal facility. If included in your garbage, your garbage may not be collected. 

Food scraps and yard trimmings (goes in Green Can or Food Scraps cart)
Any material that can go in your recycling Blue box/cart, Grey box/cart, or Yellow bag/Mixed Paper cart
Any material currently recyclable in a BC Take Back Program, such as electronics, batteries, light fixtures, smoke alarms, paint, pesticides, propane tanks, small appliances, flammables, solvents, and pesticides.
Grass, sod, and rocks
Biomedical waste
Construction / renovation materials (e.g. clean wood, drywall, etc.)
Large appliances and metal items
Animal carcasses and animal waste

Contacts & Info

Download CityCollect App
Apple store | Google Play

Missed Garbage/Green Can Pickup
Contact City Operations | 604-987-7155

Missed Recycling Pickup / Get Bags or Bins
Contact Emterra Environmental | 778-589-3221 | Email 

Get Green Can decals
Contact City Engineering | 604-983-7333 | Email

Recycling Information
Recycling Council of BC
Website | 604-732-9253 | Email

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