Environmental Events & Programs

Wondering how you and your family can live green? In Coquitlam we make it easy for you to make choices that are better for the environment with ongoing programs and special events throughout the year.

City-wide Garage Sale Registration: Monday, April 1 - Wednesday, May 1

Event: Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Recycle and Reuse! The City will promote garage sales held in Coquitlam at no cost to registered participants. The City will provide a registration package with helpful tips and then advertise a listing of all the participating addresses at no cost to the participants. We will also provide a map online to make it easier for interested shoppers to find participating homes. Registration is open effective April 1 - register here. 

Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings—April 1 – May 10

Coquitlam’s Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings program for extra green waste and other yard trimmings runs twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. Residents receiving curbside solid waste collection from the City can put out extra yard trimmings for pick up. Check out all the program details on the yard trimmings webpage.

Clothes Washer Rebate—April 5 – May 31

For a limited time and until funding is exhausted, Coquitlam residents can receive up to a $100 rebate on eligible clothes washers. Washers must be purchased between April 5–May 31 and be listed in BC Hydro’s Power Smart program. For a list and to apply for your rebate check out powersmart.ca/appliance.

Heating water accounts for 90 per cent of your washing machine’s energy consumption; an energy-efficient clothes washer can cut water use by almost 40 per cent and reduce electricity use by 65% (compared to a conventional top-loading washer). As a Climate Action Leader, the City of Coquitlam is working to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions both at a corporate level and for our residents. Making smart energy choices can help you save big on your energy bill.

For information on the City's efforts to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, please check out our Climate Action webpage.

Compost Giveaway

The City is currently in negotiations with a preferred compost processor to secure a processing agreement.  If an agreement is reached, the City will be in a position to update and publicize its plans for an annual compost giveaway event.

BC Drinking Water Week Watershed Tour—May 12

Join a tour of the Coquitlam Watershed in celebration of BC Water Week. Learn about our local water from source to tap including the drinking water infrastructure, and enjoy the views of the protected old growth forests. Registration information will be available soon.

Environmental Achievement Celebrations —June

The City of Coquitlam holds environmental achievement award and volunteer celebrations to recognize community volunteers who excel in the areas of conservation, public awareness, environmental education, habitat enhancement and sustainable living. Attendees and award recipients show initiative and leadership while volunteering for projects that have long-term environmental benefits for the community.

Salmon Come Home—October

Every year the City and the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society celebrate the annual fall return of Chum and Coho salmon to Hoy Creek for a free family event at the Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery. Activities include spawning salmon viewing, a hatchery tour, children's activities and storytelling, and more. The event is held rain or shine.

Tree Chipping—December/January

The City encourages the reduction of holiday waste by disposing of natural Christmas trees at tree-chipping events to support local community groups by donation.