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District of North Vancouver

The District of North Vancouver Curbside Green Can Collection Program allows residents to include food scraps in with their yard trimmings for curbside recycling.

Why should I use the Green Can Program to recycle my food scraps?

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.

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Recycle your food scraps in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: 
Collect food scraps in a kitchen container of your choice.

North Shore Recycling Program Green Can Step 1

Step 2: 
Empty your kitchen container into your green can.

North Shore Recycling Program Green Can Step 2

Step 3: 
Place your green can curbside on the morning of your collection day.

North Shore Recycling Program Green Can Step 3

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What can I use as a Kitchen Container?

North Shore Recycling Program Green Can Kitchen ContainersYou 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.

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What can I use as a Green Can?

North Shore Recycling Program Green Can Decal

Use one of your existing 77-litre lidded yard trimmings cans OR your DNV 360-litre or 140-litre cart. Use your Green Can Decal to cover your Yard Trimmings Decal.

If you don’t have a yard trimmings can, purchase a 140-litre cart from dnv.org or a 77-litre 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-litre cans and kitchen containers are not accepted curbside.

Food scraps are not 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.

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More info:

What Goes In and What Stays Out

For information on acceptable and non-acceptable materials click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ Section for more information on the Green Can Program

Yard Trimmings

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.

Backyard Composting

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.

What about bears?

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.

District of North Vancouver Website

For more information on the District of North Vancouver's Curbside Yard Trimmings Collection Program, visit the District of North Vancouver website.

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Reduce Your Food Waste

Reduce-food-wasteOne-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.

Where do your Yard Trimmings Go?

North Shore Recycling Program Harvest Power

Watch Harvest Power's 2 minute video to learn more.

Order Green Can Decals

North Shore Recycling Program Order Green Can DecalsOrder Green Can Decals and Kitchen Container Decals online. Access our order page by clicking here.

Live in an Apartment, Condo or Townhouse?

North Shore Recycling Program ApartmentWant more info on food scraps collection options? Visit our Multi-family Food Scraps Collection page.