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 — May 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For garage sale shoppers, please see the attached documents:

For participating residents, please see the attached documents:

  • Tips for Garage Sale Hosts & Shoppers – these are excellent tips on how to best be prepared and organized for sale day; along with reminders for shoppers;
  • A Guide to Donating Locally – a list of organizations that will accept drop-off donations as well as some that will offer pick-up services; and
  • A Garage Sale Sign – we have provided you with an 11x17 sign that you can print and post on your property to identify your sale site. Please do not place this sign on City property and remember to take down all signs immediately after your sale.

For more information, call 604-927-4306 or email wastereduction@coquitlam.ca

Garage Sale Location Map

BC Drinking Water Week Watershed Tour—May 12 (FULL)

The BC Drinking Water Week Watershed Tour for May 12 is now full. To join another Coquitlam watershed tour, where you can learn about our local water from source to tap including the drinking water infrastructure, and enjoy the views of the protected old growth forests, please visit Metro Vancouver’s Watershed tours website for details on dates and times.

Parking for Wate​rshed Tours

If you are participating in a watershed tour with Metro Vancouver, they will direct you to the 'Lincoln Lot' which is located across the street from the Lincoln SkyTrain station. You can also view via, this map.

Parking costs at this lot are $4 a day.

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.

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.