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. 

Limits
  • 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.
What goes in

Green Can 

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

Yard Trimmings

  • grass clippings, leaves, weeds, brush and branches
  • plants and flowers, living or dead/dried
  • plant, tree or hedge prunings less than thee 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
  • 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
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.

More information

Here's the dirt on backyard composting

Did you see a bear?

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

877-952-7277

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

Please report bear attractants to the Bylaw & Licensing Services:

604-925-7152

For more information about bears contact:

North Shore Black Bear Society

604-990-BEAR

Get Green Can or Yard Trimmings decals

Three ways to get decals, boxes and bags you need!

  1. Pick up at Municipal Hall (Green Can and Yard Trimmings decals, replacement blue boxes, grey boxes, bags and calendars)
  2. Have them delivered to your door by contacting Smithrite directly at 604-929-3416.
  3. Order Decals & Boxes Online

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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