Green Carts

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Note also that many services are available online to continue to serve the community at this time.

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.​

For more details about waste collection and management during COVID-19, visit

What can go in my green cart?

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  • Food scraps

  • Yard waste

  • Food soiled paper

What cannot go in my green cart?

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  • Plastics

  • Pet waste

  • Hygiene or medical waste

  • 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 any type of plastic bag in the Green Cart, including those labelled “biodegradable” or “compostable”. Doing so may result in missed collection or a $150 fine.

Extra Yard Waste?

Green Cart Options

The size and number of green carts at your property will not impact the annual garbage utility fee.

Green carts are available in three sizes (120L, 240L, and 360L) and can be exchanged at any time for a $50 exchange fee.

Additional green carts can also be purchased for a one-time fee depending on the size of cart you choose:

  • 120L size = $140
  • 240L size = $150
  • 360L size = $160

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