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New Green Can Program


Blog by Rebecca Permack | August 22nd, 2011


Burke Mountain residents now have another way to help keep Coquitlam GREEN and save money on disposal costs.  The existing Yard Trimmings Program has been expanded and is now the Green Can Program!  This new program is available to all residents who receive curbside waste collection (except for businesses and multi-unit residences).

The Green Can now includes all food and food-soiled paper items, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, table scraps, meat and bones, pizza delivery boxes, paper towels and much more, along with your yard trimmings.  The Green Cans will be picked up first so that they are off the curb fast.


Recycling food scraps will not only save money (due to a lower disposal cost) but will also help reduce our carbon footprint.



Getting Started


  • Collect all your food scraps and food-soiled paper in a lidded container in your kitchen (e.g. an ice cream bucket or a large plastic container).
  • Attach the Green Can sticker on the outside of your yard trimmings bin (residents provide their own can). If you have a bear resistant bin, use it as your Green Can.
  • Empty your food scraps container from your kitchen into your Green Can, along with any yard trimmings you might have. Please note that plastic bags or compostable/biodegradable plastic bags are not accepted in this program.
  • Place your Green Can at the curb/lane weekly with the sticker facing out, along with any extra yard trimmings (in labeled cans or paper Kraft-type bags), Blue Box recycling and garbage between 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. on your designated collection day as required under the Solid Waste Management Bylaw.
  • Green Cans must be a minimum of 45 liters and a maximum of 121 liters and must weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs) when full. Additional yard trimmings can be set out in multiple Green Cans or paper yard trimmings bags.

Now, you may be asking yourself, "What about bears?"  Well, here are some things you can do to reduce odours from your Green Can:

  • Use a rigid container with a secure lid.
  • Store food scraps in a secure enclosure or bear resistant bin. Visit www.bearaware.bc.ca for options.
  • Freeze odorous items, such meat and fish scraps in a paper bag or newspaper, then place in the Green Can on the morning of pickup.
  • Put out your Green Can ONLY ON THE MORNING OF PICKUP between 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. as required under the Solid Waste Management Bylaw.
  • Never set out food scraps and food-soiled paper in Kraft-type paper bags or plastic bags; it should always go in the bin you have designated as your Green Can.



Courtesy: City of Coquitlam