Garbage Carts

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Waste Collection During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Garbage and green waste collection services are operating normally at this time; however, for the safety of our contractors’ workers, Coquitlam residents are asked to continue separating their waste properly, including using the Recycle BC receptacles for recycling materials. All garbage and organic materials must be put in their designated carts.

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.​

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Less garbage. A better planet.

Your Garbage cart is collected once every two weeks.

What goes in my garbage cart? 

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  • Non-compostable and non-recyclable items

What cannot go in my garbage cart?

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  • Recyclables

  • Food scraps

  • Yard waste

  • Food soiled paper

  • Large or heavy items

Download a translated version of our Separate Your Waste Brochure:

Missed collection:

Waste Connections of Canada

Know the bylaws:

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

Extra ​Garbage?

Garbage Cart Options

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

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

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

The 2020 Garbage Utility Fees for each cart size are as follows:

  • 120L size = $251/year
  • 240L size = $333/year
  • 360L size = $471/year

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