Green Carts

Turn your waste into something good

How to use your Green Cart

Collect your food scraps and food-soiled paper in a kitchen container of your choice.

Empty the kitchen container into your Green Cart. Yard trimmings may be added.

Unlock the wildlife-resistant clips on collection day.


Avoid a $150 fine. Do not put garbage or recyclables in the green cart.

All plastic bags are banned from the green cart, including those labelled “biodegradable” or “compostable”. Use of these bags in the green cart could result in a $150 fine.

DO NOT place the cart out the night before collection.
Doing so may result in a $500 FINE.

Can I put it in my Green Cart?



For information on set-out times for your Garbage, Green Cart and Recycling, click HERE.

Cart Size Options

Green Carts are available in 3 sizes: 120L, 240L and 360L. Most residents have the medium standard size of 240L. If you would like to change the size of your green cart, there is a $50 admin fee that you have to pay in person at City Hall in the Engineering Department. The size of your green cart does not affect your annual Utility fee. Please call 604-927-4306 for more information prior to visiting City Hall.

Extra Green Carts

Extra Green Carts can be purchased for a one-time fee from $140-$160 at City Hall (3000 Guildford Way) in the Engineering & Public Works Department. There is no additional charge on your annual Utility Fee for having extra Green Carts collected.

To purchase an extra Green Cart, please call 604-927-3500 or email

Green Cart Tips

  • Keep the wildlife clips secured, unclipping them only on collection day.
  • Freeze food scraps, until collection day.
  • Line your Green Cart with newspaper or kraft paper bags.
  • Store in a secured and enclosed location.

Backyard Composters

Composting is an effective and environmentally sustainable way to manage organic "waste" from your home by turning it into rich soil for your garden. Backyard composters are available at a discounted price for Coquitlam residents only for $25 plus tax. To purchase a composter, come to the Coquitlam Animal Shelter at 500 Mariner Way on Fridays between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to pay for and pick-up your composter. Learn more about composting.

Engineering Customer Service