Garbage, Recycling & Green Can

Missed recycling pick up? 
Report to Smithrite 604-929-3416

Need boxes or bags?
Pick up at City Hall or call City Operations at 604-987-7155

Download our Collection App
Apple store / Google Play

Zero Waste Coach for Multi-family Units |
604-982-3995 / zerowaste@cnv.org


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Curbside garbage collection is provided to single family, duplex and some townhomes in the City of North Vancouver. Most residents in stratas and apartments have garbage collected through a private waste hauler.

What goes in my garbage?

Not much! Only put items in your garbage can that can’t be recycled, put in your Green Can, or taken to a recycling depot.

These items go in the garbage

Curbside (single-family) garbage is collected every other week

  • Limit of two (2) 77-litre cans per address

Multi-family (stratas, apartments and some townhomes)

  • Use your building's designated cart or dumpster

These items are banned from the garbage and must be recycled or disposed of at the North Shore Transfer Station 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 Blue Box/Cart, Grey Box/Cart or Yellow Bag/Mix 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 & metal items
Furniture
Animal carcasses / animal waste

Provincial Take-Back Programs
Many items can be recycled or disposed of safely through a provincial collection program.  Drop off these items at several locations in the community including the Recycling Drop-off Area at the North Shore Transfer Station. To find a nearby drop-off location for your materials:


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


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?

Call Smithrite at 604-929-3416

Need a new Blue or Grey Box?

Pick up at City Hall or call Smithrite at 604-929-3416 to have one delivered to you.

Need a Yellow Bag or Green Can Decal?

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

Download our Collection App

Apple store / Google Play

North Shore Transfer Station

30 Riverside Drive, North Vancouver 604-681-5600

Zero Waste Programs

Do you need recycling or organics support for your multi-family building?
604-982-3995 / zerowaste@cnv.org

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