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District of West Vancouver

The District of West Vancouver Curbside Collection Program includes the Yard Trimmings Program and the Green Can Program.

The Green Can Program allows residents to set food scraps and food-soiled paper curbside for composting along with yard trimmings instead of sending them to the landfill with the garbage.

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.

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

Green-Can Step-3 WV

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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?

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Use the 46 L Green Can that was delivered to your home in May 2012.

Residents who received a 'missed you' card instead of a green can may trade in their voucher at Municipal Hall.

If you receive municipal garbage collection but did not receive a green can or a 'missed you' card, West Vancouver has a can for you too. For more information, visit westvancouver.ca.

46 L Orbis Wheeled Carts are also available for purchase at local retailers such as hardware stores or home and garden shops. Identify your can with a Green Can Decal.

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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 West Vancouver Website

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