Green Can Program




White Rock is now even greener thanks to the Green Can Program!

The City provides single family detached homes and multi-family complexes with 6 units or less food scraps recycling and yard trimming collection in labeled Green Cans. Food scraps recycling and yard trimmings are collected curbside weekly.

Food scraps are not allowed in your garbage. Metro Vancouver banned organic materials from waste facilities in 2015. Almost 40% of what we throw in the garbage can is organic material that can be recycled. Instead of sending them to landfills, we can turn organics into compost.

Think about it: Food has always been present in the garbage. The same waste is now separated into a different can.

Are you using the new City of White Rock mini kitchen catcher? 

To assist residents with Metro Vancouver's ban on food scraps in regular garbage, the City supplied residents with a mini kitchen catcher. Use this mini kitchen catcher to separate food scraps from garbage in the kitchen. Empty the mini kitchen catcher into your regular curbside Green Can along with your yard trimmings. Please do not place the mini kitchen catcher curbside for collection. If you didn't receive a mini kitchen catcher contact the Operations Department.

Getting started with food scraps recycling:

It's easy to have a Green Can (Yard Trimmings + Organics = Green Can)!

  1. Make any 110 litre garbage can a Green Can! Simply attach a City supplied Green Can decal (available at most City Facilities) on the outside of your yard trimming can or any other 110 litre garbage can. Line the can with a paper bag to help keep it clean. For your convenience, Bag to Earth Kraft Bags are available for purchase at most City facilities.
  2. Collect all your food scraps and food-soiled paper from your kitchen in the City supplied mini kitchen bin or other container of your choice.
  3. Empty your mini kitchen bin into your Green Can, along with any yard trimmings you might have. Please note that plastic bags, including those marked as compostable or biodegradable, are not accepted.
  4. Place your Green Can for your weekly collection at the curb, with the City supplied decal facing out, along with any extra yard trimmings in labeled cans or paper yard waste bags on your designated collection day. Your Green Can doesn't have to be green in colour, it can be any colour, but it must have a City supplied "Green Can" decal. Decals are available for pick up at most City facilities.

You can now include:

  • Any kind of cooked or uncooked food scraps, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, bones, eggshells, dairy, vegetables, fruit, bread, pasta, and grains. Include all leftovers and plate scrapings.
  • Coffee grounds in their used paper filters, tea leaves and tea bags.
  • Food-soiled paper towels, napkins, tissues, paper plates and food soiled pizza delivery boxes.
  • Yard trimmings, such as plants, flowers, grass cuttings, leaves and branches.
  • Please note that clean paper products are to still be recycled in your yellow recycling bag.

Don't include:

  • Beverage cups, plastic bags, liquids, bread ties,cartons or used tissue/kleenex.

Tips on keeping your Green Can clean:

Keep pests and odour to a minimum with regular emptying and cleaning of your Green Can.

  • Line it - put an absorbent layer in the bottom (grass clippings in summer, dry leaves in fall). Or, use newspaper. Keep plastics and plastic bags (even those marked biodegradable or compostable) out of the Green Can.
  • Layer it - alternate layers of food scraps with a few dry leaves or sheets of newspaper to keep the bin as dry as possible.
  • Set it out on schedule - set the Green Can out on your regularly scheduled collection day, even when it's not full.
  • Rinse it - after pick up, rinse your Green Can with mild detergent or vinegar/water solution.
  • Store it right - if your Green Can is stored outdoors, choose a shady location that is convenient, and just like your garbage cans, secure it from wildlife.
  • Wrap the scraps - wrap your food scraps (in newspaper, paper towel, kraft bag - NO PLASTIC BAGS) before putting in the Green Can. This help keeps your bin clean.

Why should we keep food out of our landfill?

A recent study by Metro Vancouver found that 40% of residential waste in our garbage is food! When food and other organic materials end up in the garbage they:

  • Create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that adds to global warming. In the landfill, buried under layers of waste and without access to oxygen, food can't decompose properly.
  • Use up a lot of precious landfill space. Space is limited, and creating more landfills is undesirable. Almost 40% of what we send to the landfill in our region is compostable organics.
  • Make waste to energy processes less efficient because of the high moisture content. About a third of the region's waste is disposed in the waste-to-energy facility.

Fortunately, we have the ability to compost food and yard trimmings, saving our planet from the unnecessary creation of additional greenhouse gases. By choosing to compost we are also creating a valuable resource, nutrient rich topsoil useful for landscaping, and growing food in gardens.

Through the Green Can program, White Rock residents will make a positive difference for our environment.

Yard trimmings:

If you live in a single family home or multi-family complex of 6 units or less, White Rock offers weekly curbside pickup of your Green Can (yard waste/food scraps).

You have the option of putting your yard waste in Kraft bags or in containers clearly labeled with City-provided Green Can decals. You can pick up a Green Can decal at most City facilities.

Please note: containers must not be larger than 110 litres (4 cubic feet) and should not weigh more than 50 lbs. when full. There is a limit of 10 (cans/bags/bundles) weekly per residence. Yard waste in plastic bags will NOT be collected. Excess yard waste is also accepted at any landfill for a fee.

Yard waste includes: plant material, leaves, grass clippings, flowers and tree or hedge pruning. Rocks, dirt, stumps, sod and animal feces will not be accepted.

You have the option of putting your yard waste/trimmings for curbside collection:

  • in yard waste kraft bags (available for purchase at most retailers and City facilities)
  • in your curbside can with the Green Can decal. Yard waste must fit within the Green Can-please do not over stuff.
  • branches will also be collected curbside provided they are:
    • bundled and tied with string (no plastic or wire)
    • maximum branch size: less than 1 m (39 in) long and less than 7.5 cm (3 in) in diameter
    • maximum bundle size: 1m (39 in) x .5 m (20 in)
  • there is a limit of 10 (combined cans/bags/bundles) weekly per residence.

Contact the Engineering and Municipal Operations Department for more information (604) 541-2181. Please note calls made after regular office hours and weekends are forwarded to the Fire Department.