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Vancouver's Green Bin Program

As of January 1, 2014, the City also offers food scraps collection as part of the Green Bin Program.  Apartments, condos, or mixed-use (commercial and residential) buildings that already receive City garbage and yard waste collection service may also be suited for City food scraps collection.  


There are annual fees which will vary depending on the size of bins your building needs.  The cost will range from $96 - $163 per bin per year.  

 

For the residents:

How it works… You put all of your household food scraps and allowable compost items into your kitchen compost bin, as it fills, you take it down to be emptied into the Large Green Bin compost Container for the Building, just as you would bring down your household garbage and recycling.  The building Compost containers are then picked up once a week along with our garbage and recycling. Very simple.
  
BONUS:  Once your building is apart of the City’s Green Bin Program for food scraps each unit in your building that would like to participate is entitled to a kitchen compost container provided free of charge from the City.  You can order a kitchen container by phoning the City at 3-1-1.  The containers are designed in a way so they will not give off any fowl smells.  They come with an easy carrying handle so at most you'd have to give a rinse or clean when you bring it back into your home.

P.S.  In 2015, the Green Bin food scraps program (composting) will be mandatory.  Here's a link with more details.

A video by the City of Vancouver:


 

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