Coquitlam Announces its Green Can Program

At long last, Coquitlam residents will be catching up with their neighbours in Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. The city has announced that as of Monday, October 4 they will be launching the Green Can program. It will be available to homes that currently receive the City of Coquitlam’s Yard Trimmings collection service.

This new program will allow residents to place kitchen scraps in a bin together with yard trimmings for curbside collection. This includes all food-soiled paper items and food, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, table scraps, meat and bones, pizza delivery boxes, paper towels and much more. It does not, however, include disposable diapers, grease or oil.

“Recycling food scraps will not only save money with a lower disposal cost, but will also help us reach the new Regional waste diversion goal of 70% by 2015 and reduce our City’s carbon footprint,” said Mayor Richard Stewart. “Coquitlam is committed to taking this next step in encouraging our residents to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.”

Coquitlam residents can expect to receive a package in the mail before the launch that contains a ‘Green Can’ bin sticker (which will fit right over your existing ‘Yard Trimmings’ sticker), as well as detailed information on the new program and instructions on how to properly manage waste in the new Green Can program. If you don’t have a yard trimmings can already, you will need to purchase a new rigid container with a lid for your Green Can. Green Cans must be 121 liters or less 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.

The new program will divert kitchen waste from landfills to a compost disposal site, where it will be processed and sold to local landscapers and farmers. Recycling food scraps will not only save the city money, but will also help reduce carbon footprint.

If you live in bear country, the city has created a publication with some extra tips.

As the Green Can program is rolled out, the city is hosting 4 Open Houses to help answer any questions you have. Here are the details on those:

  • Thursday, October 14 from 6-8:00pm
    Poirier Library – Nancy Bennett Room, 575 Poirier Street
  • Saturday, October 16 from 12-3pm
    Inspiration Garden – Coquitlam Town Centre Park, corner of Guildford Way & Pipeline Rd.
  • Thursday, October 21 from 6-8pm
    City Hall – 3000 Guildford Way
  • Saturday, October 23 from 1-4pm
    Poirier Library – Nancy Bennett Room, 575 Poirier Street

For more information on this program, or the City’s garbage collection, visit

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  1. Very EXCITING! I have been lobbying for this for some time. Time to go buy a bear proof Green Can! Bring on the fruit flies.