Not all items can go into backyard composters; such as meat, bones, dairy, cooked food and plate scrapings.
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Each single family residence, eligible townhomes / multi-family buildings with six units or less are allowed up to two 110 litres sized containers collected curbside every other week. The City does not supply containers.
Extra garbage stickers can be purchased for $5 at the following locations:
A "Green Can" is any garbage type can up to 110 litres, weighing 50 pounds or less with a City supplied Green Can decal, used to collect food scraps and yard trimmings. The container colour does not have to be green.
All Green Can containers must have a City supplied decal to identify the contents to the collection crews. Please make sure decal is facing out when placed curbside.
Garbage, green waste and recycling items must be placed at curbside by 8 a.m. on collection day.
You don't need to line your bin, but you can use a kraft-type paper bag or other paper liner if you wish. Newspaper, paper bags and paper towel are acceptable to use. Do not use plastic compostable / biodegradable plastic products as a liner as the composting facility does not accept them.
Metro Vancouver municipalities are required to reduce the amount of garbage going to the landfill by 70% and food scraps make up about 40% to 50% of the garbage. Waste disposal costs are also significantly higher than recycling and composting.
When filled, your Green Can should not weigh more than 50 pounds. If you have more food scraps and yard trimmings, simply add another can clearly identified with a Green Can decal or kraft bag. Each property can place up to 10 cans and/or bags curbside. Collection is weekly.
The Province of British Columbia recently changed the Recycling Regulation, putting a greater amount of responsiblity for recycling printed paper and packaging materials on the producers of these materials. Due to this change in regulation, glass must now be placed into the red bin because of its tendency to break and contaminate other recyclables. Glass is still a recyclable product, but will not be accepted in your blue recycling bin.
These recyclables are delivered to GFL Environmental Inc. for recycling into a nutrient-rich compost that our gardens and landscapers can use. Energy from the composting process is captured and used to produce bio-fuel. By taking waste and turning it into energy, we are managing our waste in sustainable ways.
Containers are the responsibility of the resident. If the food scraps are wrapped up in newspaper, or if a kraft bag is used as a liner, this should not be a problem. Residents can easily rinse out the bins with a hose if there is liquid.
Food scraps were already in your garbage, now, they are just being put in a different container.
Tips to keeping pesky critters out of your garbage/ green can:
The City has established Collection, Removal, Disposal and Recycling of Solid Waste Bylaw (PDF) to provide for the collection, removal, disposal of recycling and solid waste to guide garbage and disposal practices and management.
In 2015 the City incorporated a separate solid waste utility fee for solid waste collection to single family homes and eligible multi-family properties. A separate utility fee increases customer awareness of the cost of providing the service as the rate is transparent rather than embedded as part of the municipal tax levy.