Curbside Collection

Garbage, Green Can & Recycling Collection

To minimize wildlife conflict, place your items at the curb no earlier than 5:30am and no later than 7:30am on collection day.

Remember to Stick to 6 for Green waste amounts. The weekly maximum is 6 cans, bags, or bundles in total. If you have more than 6, either hold for the following week's collection or take to the North Shore Recycling and Waste Centre (open 7 days a week with a $10 minimum fee for loads up to 100kg).


To protect everyone, including our collection crews, please ensure all personal hygiene products, used tissues, cleaning cloths, face masks, gloves, and similar items are disposed of in garbage bags. Garbage bags should be tied securely for disposal. Un-bagged or loose items will not be collected. If you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick: all personal waste should be double bagged in plastic garbage bags and securely tied shut, prior to putting out for collection.

The City of North Vancouver provides curbside garbage and green can (food scraps and yard trimmings) collection to more than 8,500 households. The City is organized into collection areas (A1 & A2, B1 & B2, C1 & C2, D1 & D2) which determines your collection day (Monday through Thursday, except on weeks with a statutory holiday).

Recycling, green cans and yard trimming are collected weekly. Garbage is collected every other week. Learn more on our Garbage page.

How To Place Items Curbside

How to set out curbside

To Ensure Collection and Avoid Attracting Wildlife

  • Place materials at the curb no earlier than 5:30am and no later than 7:30am on collection day.
  • Your Green Can will be picked up BEFORE garbage on collection day.
  • Maximum of two 77L garbage cans per home every other week.
  • Green Can/Yard Trimmings: weekly limit of 6 total containers, bags, or bundles.
  • Put cans, boxes, and bags side-by-side in a straight line for quick, easy collection.
  • Use 77L cans and ensure lids are secured (don't use clips, bungee cords, rope, straps), and don't overfill cans.

Recycling Pickup Tips

  • Put paper products in the Yellow Bag and place beside - not inside! - your Blue Box.
  • Flatten and cut cardboard to no larger than 60cm x 60cm and place in Yellow Bag.
  • Mixed containers (i.e. plastic, metal) go in the Blue Box.
  • Glass jars and bottles go in the Grey Box. Place lids in the Blue Box.

Find out what can be recycled, get tips and more on our Recycling webpage.

Collection Guides

Download a collection guide below or contact us at 604-983-7333 or to have a copy mailed to you. Residents living in strata buildings and apartments can find information on our Multi-Family Collection page.

Download the Garbage & Green Can Collection Guide.
Recycling Guide
Download the RecycleBC Recycling Guide.


Download the CityCollect App (Google Play | Apple Store) and never miss another collection day! Find your collection schedule, what goes where, how to prepare it, get weekly reminders and much more.

Get in Touch

Curbside missed collection (garbage/Green Can)
Contact City Operations 604-987-7155

Download our CityCollect App
Apple store | Google Play

Get Green Can decals
604-983-7333 |

Missed recycling pick up or get bags/bins
Contact Emterra Environmental 778-589-3221 |

North Shore Recycling & Waste Centre
30 Riverside Drive W, North Vancouver | 604-681-5600

Recycling Support
Questions about how/where to recycle an item? 
Recycling Council of BC hotline 604-732-9253 |


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