Green Can, Yard Trimmings & Compost

Green Can and Yard Trimmings are collected every week. Organics, which includes food scraps and yard trimmings, are banned from being disposed of as garbage and should be placed in your Green Can, yard trimmings container or backyard compost. 

Garbage, Green Can or recycling not collected?

Information on missed pick-ups


To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our waste collection staff:

  • ensure that all personal hygiene products, used tissues, cleaning cloths, face masks, gloves, and similar items are disposed of in garbage bags.
  • securely tie garbage bags. Un-bagged or loose items will not be collected.
  • sort materials correctly. Crews are taking extra precautions and will not be sorting through garbage or recycling at the curb.

To learn more about the District’s response to COVID-19, and for updates on District operations, visit

What goes in

Green Can 

  • all food scraps, food-soiled paper (napkins, newspaper, and used paper towels) and wooden chopsticks and popsicle sticks
  • small amounts of yard trimmings

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Yard Trimmings

  • grass clippings, leaves, weeds, brush and branches
  • plants and flowers, living or dead/dried
  • plant, tree or hedge prunings less than three inches in diameter and no more than three feet long (tied with compostable twine)
  • Christmas trees cut to fit into container (no tinsel, decorations or stands)
  • Halloween pumpkins, broken into pieces

What stays out

  • plastic bags, even those labelled biodegradable or compostable, are not allowed
  • pet waste or animal droppings
  • rocks, dirt, or sod
  • plastic, glass, cans or paper
  • parchment paper
  • garbage
  • prunings larger than 7.5 centimetres in diameter or longer than one metre
  • painted or treated wood
  • garden hoses, flower pots or other non-organic materials
  • giant hogweed and knotweed cuttings. For more information about proper disposal of giant hogweed, knotweed and other invasive plants species, please visit Invasive Plants
  • six yard trimmings cans, bins or bundles, including Green Can(s), per pickup 
  • maximum weight per can, bag or bundle is 20 kilograms 
  • maximum bundle size is one metre long and 30 centimetres in diameter, maximum branch thickness is 7.5 centimetres
Set-out Instructions
  • Green Can: Place food scraps and food-soiled paper in a 46-litre container (e.g. Orbis NPL 280A) clearly labelled as a Green Can.
  • Yard Trimmings: Place grass clippings, leaves, small trimmings, plants and flowers in a lidded 77-litre can with a Yard Trimmings decal. Kraft Paper bags with folded tops are also accepted.
    • Bundle twigs and branches with bio-degradable string or twine. No wire, nylon or plastic strapping allowed. Place bundles beside, not inside, cans.
  • All materials must be set out between 5 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on the day of collection.
Co-existing with wildlife

Irresponsibly managed waste is the cause of 80 per cent of interactions between humans and bears on the North Shore and could be prevented. 
Collection rules, such as set-out times, are included in our bylaw to deter animals and reduce wildlife attractants—please follow them.

To avoid attracting animals:

  • store all materials inside the house, shed or secure enclosure until the morning of collection
  • wash your containers with a mild soap or vinegar and water solution to reduce odours
  • freeze plate scrapings and food scraps until collection day
  • wrap your food scraps in newspaper or paper bags to minimize odour and mess

Learn more about bears on the North Shore

Backyard composting

Backyard composting is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to recycle food scraps and yard trimmings. If you’re composting at home, thank you and please carry on! You are diverting waste from the landfill and getting a rich fertilizer for your garden.

Common backyard weeds and invasive plants should not be added to your backyard compost but can be added to your curbside Yard Trimmings collection, except for giant hogweed and knotweed which require special attention and care.

For a full list of invasive species and how to manage them, please visit:

Invasive Plants

Need a backyard composter?

Backyard composters are available to all Metro Vancouver residents through the City Farmer backyard composter distribution program. Bins are $35 (cash only) and can be picked up from the compost demonstration garden in Vancouver. Call 604-736-2250 to reserve a composter and schedule a pick-up time.

More information

Here's the dirt on backyard composting

Collection times


2022 Collection Map

2022 Collection Brochure


2021 Collection Map

2021 Collection Brochure

Collected every week

Green Can & Yard Trimmings


Collected every other week


Set out times

  • collection begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • set materials out after 5 a.m. on collection day, not the night before

Did you see a bear?

Please report all bear sightings to the BC Ministry of Environment Conservation Officer:


If it's an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Please report bear attractants to the Bylaw & Licensing Services:


For more information about bears contact:

North Shore Black Bear Society


Get Green Can or Yard Trimmings decals

Replacement decals are free. Email
[email protected]
or call 604-925-7176 and provide your address and the number of decals you require.

Note: Green Cans and Garbage Cans can be purchased at a local retailer. Please consult the collection guide or website for size requirements.

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