Green Carts

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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