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Garbage and recycling haulers

Find garbage and recycling haulers in the Yellow Pages business directory. 

If your business only needs to recycle small quantities, you can take items to a depot, return items to where you bought them, or donate items.

Find out where to recycle packaging, printed paper, scrap metal, large appliances, batteries, electronics, paint, and more on Metro Vancouver Recycles 

Food scraps haulers

As of January 1, 2015, both the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver regional district ban food scraps from disposal as garbage.

All food scraps – raw and cooked food, plate scrapings, leftovers, expired food, meat, bones, and dairy products – need to be recycled.

Here are tips to finding a food scraps hauler for your business.

It'll depend on how much food scraps your building produces and how frequently they're collected.

Multi-unit residential buildings (apartments, townhomes, condos)

To start, aim to collect 6 to 10 L of food scraps per unit per week and, when everyone's participating, about 14 L. The actual amount will depend on the level of participation and demographics of residents, and may change over time.

Businesses

Collection capacity and flexibility

  • How much container capacity and collection frequency will you need?
  • Is there flexibility to change the:
    • Frequency of collection?
    • Container sizes and quantities?
    • Types of materials collected?

Tip: Ask for flexibility in container sizes and collection frequency during the first few months of your food scraps program and certain times of the year (like summer) when you might collect more food scraps and less garbage.

Fees

  • What is the fee for:
    • Collecting food scraps? What does it include (for example, type of service provided, frequency of services, and type of containers provided)?
    • Replacing missing or broken bins?
    • Requesting an additional unscheduled pickup?

Container type, care, and placement

  • What type of storage containers are offered for food scraps? Examples include carts, dumpsters, split bins, and in-office collection.
  • Are containers periodically washed? If yes, how often and what is the cost?
  • Is odour control provided for the containers?
  • Are containers lined with compostable plastic bags, biodegradable plastic bags, or paper bags?
  • Where would the containers get placed?
    • If it's outdoors: are they locked to prevent other people from using them?
    • If it's on a City street or lane: have you considered the extra costs for a permit to store containers on City property and have you discussed alternative options with your service provider?

Accepted items for collection

  • What food scraps (and yard waste) items are accepted and unaccepted?
  • What happens when there is a contaminated load with unaccepted items?

Reporting

  • What happens to the food scraps after they're collected?
  • Does the service provider periodically report the amount of waste disposed and recycled?

Additional services

  • Does the service include or charge extra for:
    • Carry-out service (where the driver enters the building to carry out the storage containers for collection)?
    • Food scraps kitchen containers? If yes, are additional or replacement kitchen containers available?
    • Paper bag liners for kitchen containers?
    • Educational materials and support for residents (like posters, pamphlets, presentations, or training sessions)?

If the City already collects your yard waste or garbage, we may also be able to collect your food scraps. Phone 604-871-6443 and ask about the Green Bin Program.

If you already have a private hauler for your garbage and yard waste collection, contact your service provider to start food scraps recycling and understand the services they provide.

If you need to find a private hauler for your food scraps, browse our list of food scraps providers.

View a list of food scraps service providers  (56 KB) 

Recycle food scraps yourself

Recycle food scraps at your building or business on-site

Recycling food scraps at your multi-unit residential building or business can save you money on disposal fees and create compost for landscaping. Find out if on-site organics management systems suit your needs.