Garbage Carts

Separate your waste into one of three waste streams: Garbage, Green Waste, and Recycling. On this page learn what materials are accepted in your city-issued Garbage. Use the Waste Wizard tool below to easily search for specific items and learn what to do with extra garbage or yard waste.

Acceptable Materials

  1. Hygiene or Medical Waste
  2. Non-compostable materials
  3. Non-recyclable materials
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Disposable masks

NOTE: If you or a member of your household is sick, double-bag items such as tissues, wipes, gloves, and masks and place in your Garbage Cart.

Unacceptable Materials

These materials CANNOT be placed in your Garbage Cart as they may damage the carts or be banned from the landfill:

  • Food scraps or food-soiled paper
  • Yard waste
  •  Large or heavy items:
    • Construction or renovation materials
    • Appliances
    • Furniture
    • Large wood or lumber
  • Recyclable materials:
    • Beverage containers
    • Metal containers
    • Coffee cups
    • Paper, newspaper, or cardboard
    • Plastic containers
    • Electronics
    • Styrofoam packaging

What to do with Extra Garbage

  • Coquitlam Recycling and Waste Centre – dispose of extra garbage or garbage that is not permitted in your Garbage Cart (fees apply).
  • Large Item Pick-Up – If you have a large item that cannot fit into your Garbage Cart or cannot be donated, it may be eligible as part of our Large Item Pick-Up program.
  • Upsize your Garbage Cart  – If you often have extra garbage that does not fit into your Garbage Cart, consider exchanging it for a bigger size.

Missed Collections

If your carts are not collected by 7:30 pm, please bring them inside and contact Waste Connections of Canada in the morning to report the missed collection. Carts left at the curb overnight will attract wildlife and you risk receiving a fine of $500.

If you missed your collection, please contact Waste Connections of Canada by email or call 604-636-3520.


  • Do not place food scraps or recycling in your Garbage Cart. Doing so may result in a $150 fine.
  • Do not place your cart out the night before collection. Doing so may result in a $500 fine.

Garbage Cart Options

Residents are only permitted to have one garbage at their property, even if they have a legal secondary suite.

When you increase the size of your garbage cart, this will increase your annual utility fees.

Contact Waste Reduction by email or call 604-927-3500 to exchange cart size.

2021 Garbage Utility Fees

Garbage carts are available in three sizes (120 litre, 240 litre, and 360 litre) and can be exchanged at any time, however exchange fees may apply.

The 2021 Garbage Utility Fees for each cart size are as follows:

  • 120 litre size - $256 per year
  • 240 litre size - $340 per year
  • 360 litre size - $480 per year