Backyard Composting & Yard Trimmings

Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimming Collection

During the fall and spring season residents may have extra yard trimmings that do not fit into their Green Cart. To assist with extra yard trimmings the City will add additional trucks to each route to manually collect yard trimmings from kraft paper bags or old cans with "Green Can" stickers on them.

Our next session for unlimited seasonal yard trimmings is the fall session running Oct. 30 – Nov. 24, 2017. At that time, please:

  • place yard trimmings in kraft paper bags or old garbage cans (labelled with Green Can stickers)
  • bundle plant, trees or hedge prunings less than 7.5cm (3”) in diameter and no more than 1m (3’) in length 
  • place them out on your collection day by 7:30 a.m. 

*Different trucks are used to collect the additional yard trimmings from your normal weekly Green Cart collection. These trucks will service each route between 7:30 am – 7:00 pm. If you have a missed collection please call Waste Connections of Canada (604-636-3520) the following day.


  • Bundles and bags of yard waste only are okay to be set at curbside prior to collection day. Garden twine or other fiber ropes are acceptable to bundle your branches. Do not use duct tape or other plastic and synthetic ropes to bundle your yard waste.
  • Green Can stickers are available at City Hall, Animal Shelter, Glen Pine Pavilion, Dogwood Pavilion, Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, City Centre Aquatic Centre, and Coquitlam Public Library (City Centre and Poirier branches).
  • Food wasteincluding fruit bearing vegetation, can only go in your Green Cart.
  • Your Green Cart should only be placed at curbside between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on collection day.
  • Turf, sod rocks, and similar large or bulky yard debris ​are not accepted in the Green Cart or at the curb. Visit the Backyard Composting and Yard Trimmings page for information on disposing these materials.

Backyard composting – Turn your kitchen scraps into food for your garden.

You can dispose of kitchen scraps and yard trimmings in your Green Cart. But you can also use a backyard composter to transform this organic waste into nutrient-rich compost that will help your plants and gardens thrive!

Composting tips 

  • Create alternating layers with equal amounts of green (nitrogen-rich) and brown (carbon-rich) materials.
  • Mix the bin contents every week or two to add air, which will help the material decompose faster. Poke holes in the compost pile using a broom handle, ski pole or long stick.
  • If you’re concerned about moisture, odour or flies, add brown material.
  • Harvest your compost when the material at the bottom and centre is decomposed, full of healthy worms and moist. Compost is generally ready to use after 3-5 months.

Green Material (Nitrogen-Rich):

Brown Material (Carbon-Rich):

Yard waste and trimmings

Do you have more yard waste than you can compost or dispose of in your Green Cart?

Yard trimmings can be dropped off at the Coquitlam Construction Recycling and Yard Trimmings Drop-Off Facility until Dec. 1, 2016. After Dec. 1, 2016, take the materials to the Coquitlam Transfer Station at 1200 United Boulevard. Lawn clippings, leaves and small branches less than 10 cm in diameter are accepted, and it’s free for Coquitlam residents. Proof of residency is required.

Coquitlam Transfer Station
1200 United Boulevard

Weekdays: 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Recycling drop-off opens at 8 a.m.) 

Saturday (Oct. 31 – Mar. 31): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday (Apr. 1 – Sep. 30): 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Sunday and Statutory holidays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)


The Facility also accepts two grades of wood waste for a fee.

To confirm fees and for more details, visit the Coquitlam Transfer Station.

Tree stumps, rocks, dirt, mud, clay, sod, and broken concrete may be recycled for a fee at Meadows Landscape Recycling Centre in Pitt Meadows. Please visit for fees and details.

How to purchase a Backyard Composter

Residents can buy composters from the City of Coquitlam at City Hall or the Coquitlam Animal Shelter. Limit is four composters per household and proof of Coquitlam residency is required. The cost is $25 (plus tax). Please call 604-927-3500 to check availability of composters. Bring your receipt to the Coquitlam Service Centre (500 Mariner Way, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) on Fridays to collect your new composter. 

Worm composting

Worm composting is a great way to compost food waste. It can be done year-round, indoors and outdoors, by apartment or townhome dwellers and households. Worms break down organic material, such as leaves, newspaper and food scraps to produce "black gold," a good compost for houseplants, gardens and lawns.

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