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Recycling and Garbage Services Overview

Food Scraps Disposal Ban

Food scraps not permitted in garbage starting January 2015
Starting January 2015, food scraps will no longer be permitted in the garbage as part of a Metro Vancouver disposal ban. Instead they must be recycled. Under Metro Vancouver's inspection program, If food scraps are found in the garbage, the load will be subject to surcharges. Residents and commercial operators will have six months to ensure they are recycling their food scraps since the surcharges will come into effect as of July 1, 2015.

Food scraps don’t belong in the garbage. They decay in the landfill, where there is little oxygen. This produces methane gas which is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Food scraps can easily be recycled into compost for nutrient-rich soil, which helps reduce garbage costs and provides for more sustainable waste management. By keeping these materials out of the garbage, we are all doing our part to support the City’s goal to be a “Recycling Smart City” and divert 80% of waste from the landfill by 2020.

Richmond’s Green Cart program makes it easy and convenient for residents to recycle food scraps.

  • All single-family homes townhomes with City garbage and/or Blue Box services have Green Cart service. For tips on how to use your Green Cart, visit Green Cart Recycling.
  • Richmond Council has approved the expansion of the Green Cart program to provide convenient food scraps recycling to residents in multi-family complexes like apartments and condominiums . With this expanded program, Green Cart service will be available to all Richmond residents, making it easy and affordable for residents to recycle their food scraps and yard trimmings.  The new program will be in place before July 2015, when fines or other penalties for food scraps found in garbage are applicable.

Commercial Operators: Metro Vancouver lists companies that provide organics recycling service. For details, select the link that's relevant to you:

  • Grocers 
  • Restaurants        
  • For other commercial sectors, please call Recycling Council of BC at 604-732-9253.

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