Green Can & Compost

Delta's Green Can Program

The Green Can program is the weekly collection of organics compost (food scraps or green waste) and yard trimmings for single-family residential houses.

Live in an apartment or condo complex?

Food scraps collection for multi-family complexes in Delta is arranged with private haulers, similar to garbage collection. Metro Vancouver has prepared a number of tools and resources to help set up a food scraps collection program in your building. Contact the Recycling Council of BC at 604-732-9253 for more information.


Green Cans and yard trimmings are collected every week. To find your collection day, view the collection schedule. Material must be at the curb by 7 am on your collection day.

Containers and Green Can Stickers

Green Can

Green Can

Use labelled Green Cans for food waste and yard trimmings material. Make any can a Green Can by placing a Green Can sticker on a standard size lidded container (e.g. spare garbage can or existing yard trimmings container). The maximum Green Can weight is 25 kg (55 lbs) with a maximum size of 100 L. Make sure your Green Can is clearly visible, with the sticker facing the road.

Green Can stickers are available free of charge from the Municipal Hall and most recreation centres.



Branches and prunings that do not fit in the Green Can or in a Kraft paper bag will be collected if they are bundled and fastened. Loose branches and prunings will not be accepted.

Maximum length: 1 m
Maximum weight: 20 kg
Maximum thickness of individual branch/pruning: 15 cm

View the Free Drop-off information for excess quantities or oversized material.

Delta's Kitchen Containers

Kitchen Containers

Kitchen containers are available at many local retailers. You can also create your own kitchen container using ice cream buckets or lidded plastic containers from around your house. 

Note: Do not place kitchen containers at the curb for weekly collection.

Lining Containers

Do not use plastic bags (including compostable or biodegradable bags) to line kitchen containers or Green Cans.

Liners are not required but may help keep your containers clean. Use paper products such as newspaper, cardboard, paper towel or designated paper food waste bags to line your containers.


There is no limit to the amount of food waste and yard trimmings that is collected each week with the Green Can program.

What Goes in the Green Can?

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Food Waste and Food-Soiled Paper

  • Food-soiled paper plates, napkins, paper towels and pizza boxes
  • Wax paper and parchment paper
  • All plate scrapings
  • Baked goods
  • Bones
  • Breads and grains
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Dairy products
  • Eggshells
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat
  • Noodles and pasta
  • Nutshells
  • Tea Bags
  • Yard Trimmings
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves, plants, weeds and flowers
  • Tree and hedge prunings
  • Branches

*Please note, prunings and branches that are not contained in a Green Can or Kraft paper bag must be bundled. Loose material  will not be collected. View the Free Drop-off information for excess quantities or oversized material.

Do not include:


  • Animal waste/litter
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Liquids
  • Plastic (including compostable and biodegradable plastic)
  • Wax-coated cartons or takeout containers
  • Diapers
  • Used hygiene or tissue items
  • Wire, twist ties or rubber bands
  • Rocks, dirt or sod
  • Stumps, logs or rootballs
  • Loose branches or prunings
  • Bundles over 1 m in length
  • Branches or prunings over 15 cm thick


Green Can Tips

These simple tips will help you keep your Green Can clean, deter animals, minimize insects and reduce odours:

Note: do not line the container with plastic bags, including compostable or biodegradable plastic. Download the Green Can Tips and instructions on how to make your own kitchen container liner!

Free Yard Trimming & Wood Waste Drop-off

Delta residents may drop off yard trimmings and clean wood waste for free at Enviro-Smart Organics composting facility (4295 72nd Street).

Yard trimmings include leaves, grass clippings, tree branches and prunings up to 15 cm in diameter. Clean wood waste includes solid wood, lumber and pallets. Wood may be pierced with nails or other metal fasteners, including screws and staples, but must be unpainted, unstained, untreated and free of glue.

Metro Vancouver introduced the Clean Wood Disposal Ban in 2015, banning clean wood waste from the landfill. For more information, visit Metro Vancouver’s website.

Contact Enviro-Smart Organics at 604-946-0201 for drop-off details.

Metro Vancouver Organics Disposal Ban

Did you know approximately 40% of the garbage going to our landfill is compostable? Metro Vancouver launched an Organics Disposal Ban in 2015, banning food waste from the garbage from all households, businesses and institutions in the region. The disposal ban is part of the region’s Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan which includes goals to reduce the waste we each generate and aspires to recycle 80% of the region’s waste by 2020. For more information on the Organics Disposal Ban, please visit Metro Vancouver’s website.

Free Compost Week

Each spring, Delta residents are invited to pick up one cubic metre (pickup truck-sized load) of compost for FREE from the Vancouver Landfill. Please note that the spring 2020 Free Compost Week has been CANCELLED in response to COVID-19.

Backyard Composting

Compost your own organics and food waste with your own backyard composter. Delta offers backyard composters to Delta residents for $35, including tax and delivery, and provides FREE backyard composting workshops for residents each year during spring and summer, as part of our Sustainable Gardening Workshops.

Learn more about backyard composting and where to get a backyard composter.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about Green Can organics or yard trimmings? We're here to help! Contact us through TalkDelta or by phone at 604-946-3260. 

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