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How to set out garbage, recycling, and green waste for collection

On collection day, give your bins some space. To make sure your bins are collected, follow these guidelines:

  1. Set the bins out by 7:00am.
  2. Place the bins so the arrows on the lids point toward the centre of the lane or the street.
  3. Space your green bin and garbage so there is a least 1 m (3 feet) of space on all sides, and 3 m (10 feet) of clearance above. Your recycling boxes and bags should be placed 1 m from your garbage or green bin and in such a way that collection crews can access them.
  4. Bring the bins back onto your property after they are emptied.

What the city picks up

Garbage

Dispose of items the right way. Learn what goes in your garbage bin.

Food scraps and yard waste

Food isn't garbage. Learn more about food scraps recycling and what other items go in your Green Bin.

What we don't pick up

Recycling

Learn more about recycling in your home.

City of Vancouver's recycling depots

Recycling and disposal facilities

Not everything can go into your collection bins. Find out how to dispose of items at one of our facilities.