We know that approximately 40 per cent of the contents of our garbage can be composted. By collecting food scraps curbside, the Green Can Program will save landfill space, reduce greenhouse gases and create compost for local gardeners, farmers and landscapers. This program also supports our region’s goal of 70% waste diversion while minimizing increases to garbage collection fees.
You can use any container to collect food scraps and food-soiled paper in the kitchen. For example, you can reuse large yogurt containers or ice cream buckets with lids or you can use a few sheets of old newspaper to wrap your scraps. You can also buy a kitchen container or small Bag to Earth countertop paper food waste bags from local retailers such as hardware stores or home and garden shops.
Empty your kitchen container into your Green Can as needed. Freeze or refrigerate meat, fish, bones and plate scrapings until collection day.
Note that kitchen containers are for storing food scraps indoors only and are not accepted curbside.
Use one of your existing 77 L lidded yard trimmings cans. Use your Green Can Decal to cover your Yard Trimmings Decal.
If you don’t have a yard trimmings can, purchase a 77 L lidded can from a local retailer such as a hardware store or home and garden shop. Identify your can with a Green Can Decal. Note that 46 L cans and kitchen containers are not accepted curbside.
Food scraps will not be accepted curbside in the paper yard trimmings bags because they will attract wildlife. If residents have multiple cans of yard trimmings, cans with Yard Trimmings Decals will continue to be accepted.
Yard trimmings can be placed in your Green Can and in cans with Yard Trimmings Decals. Yard trimmings will also continue to be accepted in paper yard waste bags with tops folded down. For information on preparing your yard trimmings for collection, click here.
If you backyard compost, please continue to do so and use your Green Can for items that are difficult to compost safely in bear country such as cooked plate scrapings, meat, bones and dairy.
The North Shore is natural bear habitat. Although residents will simply be putting food scraps into the green can instead of the garbage can, we can minimize human-bear conflict by managing our garbage, green can and other bear attractants responsibly. View our tips on being Bear Smart.
For more information on the City of North Vancouver's Curbside Yard Trimmings Collection Program, visit the City of North Vancouver website.
One-third of the food produced world-wide annually is wasted, which the United Nation's says is 1.3 billion tonnes. That's a lot of food.
Fortunately there are some very simple steps we each can take to reduce the amount of food that ends up not being consumed. For information on how to reduce the food wasted in your household, click here.
Watch Harvest Power's 2 minute video to learn more.
Order Green Can Decals and Kitchen Container Decals online. Access our order page by clicking here.
Want more info on food scraps collection options? Visit our Multi-family Food Scraps Collection page.