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Curbside Food Waste Collection

Food waste accounts for approximately 35% of household garbage found in the Sechelt Landfill. Diverting food from the landfill will help extend the life of the landfill which at our current rate of disposal, is scheduled to close in 2026.


For curbside collection of Green Bins, or self hauling to Salish Soils or Pender Harbour Transfer Station, you can start using compostable plastic bags that are BPI cetified. For the bags to be truly compostable they must have the BPI Symbol (see right).

You don't have to use these bags if you don't want to, but they are now an option to line your bin to help keep it clean. More information about what is accepted as food can be found at

What is the service?

  • Weekly collection of food waste and food soiled paper
  • 45-litre SCRD-provided Green Bin
  • Maximum weight 20kg (44lbs)
  • For service schedule go to

‚ÄčPlease review the Collection Guide for details about the program.

For residents of multi-family service, your collection guide can be viewed here.

Garbage is collected every-other-week. More information about garbage collection can be found here.

What's In

All uneaten food and plate scrapings, including:

  • Bread & pastries
  • Dairy - dairy products, cheese, eggs/shells
  • Fish - raw, cooked, bones, soft shells from lobster, crab or shrimp
  • Fruit & vegetables - raw, cooked, whole, peelings
  • Meat & bones - raw, cooked or bones
  • Tea & coffee grounds - paper tea bags, tea leaves, coffee grounds & filters
  • Food soiled paper - paper towels, paper plates, paper napkins, food soiled cardboard, food soiled newspaper (e.g. food wrapped in newspaper)
  • Cut flowers, flower bunches and house plant cuttings
  • BPI Certified Compostable bags - LOGO REQUIRED - click here for more information

The materials collected from the Green Bin program will be processed locally at Salish Soils into compost, a benefical resource. Click here for more information.

What's Out

Please do not place any of these materials in your Green Bin:

  • Garbage
  • Liquids of any kind
  • Butcher, parchment or waxed paper
  • Dryer lint, vacuum contents
  • Elastics, staples, twist ties
  • Hair - pet or human
  • Hard shells from clams or oysters
  • Plastics of any kind, including compostable or biodegradable as these are not compatible with our local composting facility
  • Pet waste, pet hair or pet litter
  • Recyclables such as newspaper, paper, metal/plastic containers; please take these to the recyling depot
  • Stickers on produce
  • Yard or garden green waste

What's In and What's Out Sticker

WildSafe Tips

More information about keeping the community and wildlife safe can be found at

  • Store your bin indoors
  • Keep your bin clean
  • Lock your bin
  • Bring your bin inside after collection

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about food waste collection.

Missed Green Bin collection

Call the Waste Management's Collection Partner Salish Soils at 604-885-5383 or email them at If you require further assistance or if you green bin has gone missing please contact the SCRD at 604-885-6806.

Never miss a collection with personalized reminders by text, email or phone, view your collection schedule and use the "what goes where" for recycling.

Check your phone's app store or find the link to the Google or Apple App here: