Collection Calendar & Guidelines

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  2. Disclaimer

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Holiday Garbage and Recycling

Winter holidays can mean more packaging and food scrap waste. Please remember to dispose of your waste correctly: please put all your food scraps in your Green Cart, mixed containers, glass and cardboard into your curbside Recycling containers and take your plastic bags and foam to the Town Centre recycling depot or Coquitlam Recycling and Waste Centre (formerly Coquitlam Transfer Station). Natural Christmas trees can be disposed of in your Green Cart, at the Coquitlam Recycling and Waste Centre or you can drop them off at a tree-chipping event to support a local community group. 

Remember - No Plastics in the Green Cart!

Plastic bags – including those labelled biodegradable, compostable, or municipality-approved – are not allowed in your Green Carts. They do not break down completely and degrade the quality of the finished compost. Please wrap food waste in paper towel or newspaper or place in paper bags (e.g. Bag to Earth).

Separation Guidelines

Separate your waste into one of the following streams:

  • Garbage Cart - waste that can’t be composted or recycled
  • Green Cart - food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings
  • Recycling - paper, cardboard, and plastic, metal, and glass containers

Set-Out Guidelines

On collection day:

  1. Do not place your cart out the night before collection. Doing so may result in a $500 fine. 
  2. If you live in a AM collection zone, place the garbage and green carts out anytime between 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Place recycling out anytime between 5:30 to 7 a.m.
  3. If you live in a PM collection zone, place the garbage and green carts out anytime between 5:30 to 11 a.m. Place recycling out anytime between 5:30 to 10 a.m.
  4. Unclip the wildlife-resistant clips on the green cart.
  5. Set carts so they face out towards the street, with the cart wheels placed against the curb or edge of the road.
  6. Place carts 1 metre apart from each other or blue boxes, 1.5 metres away from any cars, and with 3 metres of open space above the closed lid.
  7. Green carts and recycling are collected weekly. Garbage carts are collected every 2 weeks.