Feb 29, 2016 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam is Done With Your Baggage

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, February 29, 2016 – Coquitlam wants residents to know that no plastic bags, whether labelled biodegradable, compostable, or ‘municipality-approved’ are allowed in the Green Cart.

The City monitors contamination in Green Carts at pickup time and there are high contamination levels due to plastic bags being used to contain green waste.  Plastic, compostable bags, and other non-organic contaminants are not accepted by the compost processing facility where the green waste is delivered. Contaminated loads may be rejected by the processor and/or the City may receive financial penalties for contaminated loads. We need the cooperation of all residents to help keep the City’s disposal costs as low as possible.

Only organic materials, such as yard trimmings, food scraps, and food soiled paper products are acceptable.  Residents may choose to wrap food waste in paper or newspaper or a cellulose-lined bag (e.g. Bag to Earth).

To help address contamination issues the City sends out information letters, followed by Notices of Violation, and subsequent fines for repeat incidents. Failure to observe the City’s bylaw regarding acceptable Green Cart materials can lead to a $500 fine.

Additionally, the City also provides a number of tools and enhanced services to Coquitlam residents to help make separating and disposing of waste as easy as possible including: 

  • ReCollect App – this tool, available online at www.coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection or as a downloadable app, reminds residents of collection day and provides other useful reminders.
  • Waste Wizard  - this tool provides searchable information, such as, where to recycle specific household waste (e.g. cooking oil, takeout containers, etc.).
  • Yard Trimmings Drop Off Facility (995 United Boulevard) where Coquitlam residents can take yard trimmings for free all year.

For more information on the City’s solid waste collection program, or any of the tools listed above, visit www.coquitlam.ca/trashtalk.


Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager, Environmental Services