Containers and limits

You are required to use specific types and sizes of containers for your garbage, recycling, yard trimmings, and food scraps. 

By regulating the containers we accept, we can ensure they can be collected safely and efficiently by District crews.

Review this page to learn about:

  • the size, types, and number of containers you're allowed to use
  • where to get new or replacement containers
  • where to buy tags (stickers) for putting out extra garbage

Do you live in garbage collection zone 1? You should now be using the new carts with locking lids and wheels that we delivered in late February for your garbage and organics (food scraps and yard trimmings). There is no change to your other recycling containers. Get complete details 

Organics

These are the containers you can use to put out your food scraps and yard trimmings 

new garbage carts with wheels and locking lids
New carts with wheels and locking lids

For collection zone 1 (new organics cart with locking lid)

As of March 1, 2017, new garbage and organics carts with locking lids and wheels have been delivered to all homes in collection zone 1. You must now use your new cart for organics (food scraps and yard trimmings).

For collection zones 2-5

Later in 2017, we will be delivering the new garbage and organics carts with locking lids and wheels to the remaining collection zones. Until your new carts are delivered, here are the containers you can use to set out your organics (food scraps and yard trimmings).

  Type Size Total Weight
Kraft paper yard bags (yard trimmings only; no food scraps)   20kg (45lb) each
Garbage can with lid 77L 20kg (45lb) each
Small Schaefer cart 140L 40kg (90lb)
Large Schaefer cart 360L 40kg (90lb)

In addition to these containers, you can bundle any sticks or branches using biodegradable twine or string. Bundled sticks or branches must be less than 1m x 30cm and contain branches no larger than 7.5cm in diameter. Place the bundles beside your containers (not inside your containers).

Other requirements for zones 2-5

Weekly limits

You can put out a maximum of six items per week. One item is equal to one can, one paper yard bag, or one bundle of sticks. A 140L Schaefer cart counts as two items and a 360L Schaefer cart counts as 4 items.

Do you have more yard trimmings than the limit?

If you have large amounts of yard trimmings, you can drop off unlimited amounts at the North Shore Yard Trimmings Drop-off Site. 

Get directions and fees 

Labeling your container

Be sure you put a "green can" decal on whichever container you use for your food scraps and yard trimmings. If you don't have one, you can pick one up at District Hall.

Recycling

These are the containers you can use to put out your recycling

Blue box — Cartons, metals, plastics

We prefer that you use the blue box that we supply, or one you brought from another municipality. However, you can use one you purchased yourself, provided it:

  • is made of hard plastic
  • holds 61L (capacity will be stamped on the box)
  • is no taller than 35.5cm, and no larger than 38cm x 50cm at the top

Grey box — Glass, bottles, jars

Use the grey box supplied by us.

Yellow or blue bag — Paper, cardboard, and newspaper

Use the yellow or blue bag provided by us.

Do you have more recycling than you can fit in your containers?

Find out where to drop off your recycling

Need a new blue box, grey box, or blue or yellow bag?

  • Call us: 604-929-3416
  • Pick them up at District Hall

Garbage

These are the containers you can use to put out your garbage

new garbage carts with wheels and locking lids
New carts with wheels and locking lids

For collection zone 1 (new garbage cart with locking lid)

As of March 1, 2017, new garbage and organics carts with locking lids and wheels have been delivered to all homes in collection zone 1. You must now use your new cart for garbage.

For collection zones 2-5

Later in 2017, we will be delivering the new garbage and organics carts with locking lids and wheels to the remaining collection zones. Until your new carts are delivered, here are the containers you can use to set out your garbage.

  Type Size Weekly limit Total weight
Garbage can with lid 77L (20 gallon) 2 20kg (45lb) each
Small Schaefer cart 140L (30 gallon) 1 40kg (90lb)
Large Schaefer cart 360L (80 gallon) 1, half full only 40kg (90lb)

Other requirements for collection zones 2-5

Do you have more garbage than the limit? Purchase extra garbage tags (stickers)

If you need to put more garbage at the curb than the limit, you can purchase garbage tags, which allow you to exceed the limit.

Each tag costs $3, and you need to put one on each additional garbage can or garbage bag you set out.

If you are setting out your extra garbage in Schaefer carts you will need two tags for a full 140L cart or four tags for a full 360L cart.

Where to buy extra garbage tags