Green Can / Food Scraps

To protect everyone, including our collection crews, please ensure all personal hygiene products such as used facial tissues, paper towels and paper napkins and similar items are disposed of in plastic garbage bags.


Green Can picked up BEFORE garbage

To minimize wildlife conflict, your curbside Green Can will be picked up BEFORE garbage. Do not place out the night before. To ensure collection, place at the curb no earlier than 5:30am and no later than 7:30am on collection day.
 

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.

Curbside Collection:

  • For curbside collection place food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings together in a 77 litre Green can with a lid and a Green Can decal.
  • Curbside Green Cans (food scraps and yard trimmings) are collected by City crews every week
  • Green Can/Yard Trimmings: weekly limit of 6 total containers, bags or bundles
  • Yard trimmings also accepted in kraft paper bags with folded tops (but no food scraps please)
  • If you use kraft paper bags, please keep them dry until collection day
  • 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 x 30cm in diameter - max branch thickness 7.5cm
  • Max weight 20kg per can, bag or bundle.

Multi-Family Collection:

  • For Multi-Family collection place food scraps and food-soiled paper together in your apartment building’s Green bin.
  • 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. 
  • Multi-Family collection day will vary, check with your building or strata manager for details



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    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
    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)
    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
    Paper towels, paper napkins, facial tissues
    Paper towel & toilet paper rolls

    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
      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
      Wrap food scraps in newspaper, paper towels or paper bags to reduce odours and help keep your can clean (do not use biodegradable/compostable plastic bags).
    • FREEZE
      Store food scraps in the freezer until collection day.
    • CLEAN
      Wash the bin regularly with a mild detergent or a water & vinegar solution.

    Learn more about reducing human-bear conflict

    Green Can: 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
    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)

    Green Can: 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
    Paper towels, paper napkins, facial tissues
    Paper towel & toilet paper rolls

    Green Can: Critter-proof it

    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
      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
      Wrap food scraps in newspaper, paper towels or paper bags to reduce odours and help keep your can clean (do not use biodegradable/compostable plastic bags).
    • FREEZE
      Store food scraps in the freezer until collection day.
    • CLEAN
      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. Metro Vancouver has lots of great information on backyard composting.

     

    Single Family Curbside Collection Guide.
    In this multi family guide, learn how and where to recylce items and use your buildings green bin.


    Get in touch

    Curbside: Missed collection (Garbage/Green Can)?
    Contact City Operations 604-987-7155

    Need Green Can decals?
    604-983-7333 | eng@cnv.org

    Missed recycling pick up? Need bags/bins 
    Contact Emterra Environmental 778-589-3221 or NV.CSR@emterra.ca

    Download CityCollect App
    Apple store / Google Play

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

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

    Building/Business: Need recycling coaching or support?
    Contact our Zero Waste Coach 604-983-7331 | zerowaste@cnv.org

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