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 Multi-Material BC.

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


For service inquiries, please call Progressive Waste Customer Service 604-636-3520.


A Change for the Better

In July 2014, Coquitlam introduced a new waste management system that has helped us reduce the amount of garbage we send to landfills.

After all, waste is not always waste! Food scraps from our kitchens can be composted, and many items can be recycled.

The new system is good for our community, our residents and our environment:

  • The City saves $3.3 million each year.
  • Residents have already saved 20% in solid waste fees on their 2014 utility bill.
  • It allows us to meet Metro Vancouver’s 2015 ban on all green waste from landfills.
  • With our automated pick-up system, we can serve more homes each day and the new collection trucks are powered by compressed natural gas rather than diesel – and that means fewer trucks on the road and lower air emissions.

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 and Green Cart at the curb no earlier than 5:30 am 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 am 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 Can Questions

  • Garbage Questions

  • Recycling Questions

  • For curbside collection information, please call Progressive Waste Solutions 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.

Waste Bylaws

Bylaw No. 4679, 2016 (consolidated version)

Bylaw to Provide for a System of Management of Solid Wastes and Recyclable Material within the City of Coquitlam.

This Bylaw outlines the City's rules for the collection and removal of solid waste and recycling.  In particular it outlines collection and removal procedures, owner responsibilities and residential container limits and charges.

It also outlines the City’s rules for preventing human-wildlife interactions, residents are required to store garbage either indoors or inside a secure enclosure between collection days. This amendment will help to support the efforts of the Urban Wildlife Coordinator and the City’s efforts in striving to become a Bear Smart community.

Bylaw No. 3213, 1998
Bylaw to prevent unsightliness on real property in the City of Coquitlam

This Bylaw covers the rules and procedures on garbage related topics including Accumulation on Premises, Rubbish in Open Places, Unsightly Real Property and Graffiti.  It further outlines the procedures for non-compliance and offences.

Bylaw No. 1483
Bylaw to prevent littering and damaging of public places

This Bylaw refers to the littering and dumping of various materials in public places; stamping, painting and posting of materials in or on any public place; disposing of  materials such as grass cuttings, leaves of other rubbish in any public place; placing items or materials on public property causing damage;  digging up or removing public property; defacing or damaging public property.

Bylaw No. 3214, 1998
Bylaw to regulate the construction and maintenance of boulevards in the City of Coquitlam

This Bylaw regulates the construction and maintenance of boulevards by or on behalf of the owners of land fronting on them; outlines the requirement of the owner or occupier to remove snow, ice or rubbish from the sidewalks and foot paths; outlines the requirements of the owners to maintain private highways in a clean, fit and safe state.

Engineering Customer Service