Green Carts

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.

Can I put it in my Green Cart?



Turn your waste into something good

Turn your food scraps and yard trimmings into compost by putting them in your Green Cart. The contents of your cart are picked up weekly and taken to a composting facility where they are turned into high-quality compost for use by landscapers and farmers.

By using your Green Cart, you’ll:

  • Produce less garbage. On average, food waste makes up one-third of your garbage.
  • Turn food scraps into a resource. We turn your food waste and yard trimmings into nutrient-rich compost.
  • Save money. It’s cheaper to compost food than to send it to the landfill.
  • Help us reach our waste-reduction target. Using your Green Cart will help us meet the region’s goal to divert 80% of waste from landfills by 2020.

How to use your Green Cart

Collect your food scraps and food-soiled paper in your Kitchen Catcher. You may wrap your green waste in a paper bag (e.g. Bag to Earth) or wrap it in newspaper, but do not use plastic bags (not even biodegradable, recyclable, or compostable plastic bags).

Empty the Kitchen Catcher into your Green Cart.

Add in yard trimmings. Unlock the wildlife-resistant clips and move your Green Cart to the curb for collection once a week after 5:30 a.m. on your designated collection day.



Tips for keeping it clean

  • By law you must keep the wildlife clips secured on your Green Cart, unclipping them only on collection day.
  • Freeze food scraps, such as those from meat or fish, until collection day.
  • Line your Kitchen Catcher with newspaper or paper products such as Bag to Earth bags. Learn how to make a kitchen catcher liner here. No biodegradable, recyclable, or compostable plastic bags are allowed.
  • Additional products that you may use to keep your kitchen catcher and Green Cart clean or reduce odours include Greenlid Compostable Compost Bin and Compy Bin Barrier.​

Love Food – Hate Waste

Over half of the food waste that is disposed of in Metro Vancouver households could have been consumed. Follow these tips from Metro Vancouver’s Love Food – Hate Waste to save big on your household grocery bill! ​

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