General Guidelines

Separate your waste into one of three waste streams.

Green Cart: Kitchen scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings. Picked up once a week.

Recycling: Containers, newspapers, glass and paper products. Picked up once a week through Recycle BC.

Garbage: Waste that can’t be composted or recycled. Picked up every two weeks.


For service enquirers, including missed collection, please call Waste Connections of Canada at 604-636-3520.


Coquitlam Residents Are Serious About Separation!

Since changing to bi-weekly garbage collection, the City’s waste diversion rate has jumped from 55% to over 73% in 2015. That means Coquitlam residents separated over 21,000 tonnes of green waste, food scraps and recyclables in 2015 to divert them from going to the landfill.

Metro Vancouver’s Organic Disposal Ban

Organics must be separated from regular garbage. This includes raw food, plate scrapings, leftovers, depackaged food, meat, etc. Some food soiled paper, such as pizza boxes, paper towels, can also be collected with your food scraps. Refer to the Green Cart tab for further information on acceptable materials. For more information visit

Curbside collection guidelines

Where & How

Unclip the wildlife clips on your Green Cart.

Set the carts so they face out towards the street, with the cart wheels placed against the curb or edge of the road.

Place carts 1 metre away from each other or blue boxes, 1.5 metres away from any cars, and with 3 metres of open space above the closed lid.



  • Place your Garbage Cart, Green Cart and recycling at the curb no earlier than 5:30 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Do not put carts out the night before collection. Failure to do so could result in a fine. (The City recommends placing your carts out no later than 7:30 a.m. and your recycling out no later than 7 a.m. to ensure collection.)
  • Garbage is now collected every two weeks – while Green Carts are collected every week. Check the Zone Map and Collection Calendar tab to ensure you are setting everything out on the correct day.
  • Place your Recycling at the curb by 7:00 am on your scheduled collection day. Recycling is collected every week by Smithrite - for more information visit


  • Between collection days, store your Garbage Cart and Green Cart in a secure location such as a garage or shed.
  • If you don’t have a secure inside location to store your carts, keep any material indoors that might attract wildlife and then put it out on collection day.


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  • General Questions

  • Cart Questions

  • Green Cart Questions

  • Garbage Questions

  • Recycling Questions

  • For curbside collection information, please call Waste Connections of Canada at 604 636 3520.
  • For Engineering Customer Service, call 604 927 3500.
  • If your carts are lost or damaged, or if you need to upsize or downsize, please call Engineering Customer Service at 604 927 3500.

Engineering Customer Service