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

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  • Green Cans
  • Kraft Bags
  • Bundles
  • Kitchen Containers
  • Lining 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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  • Check out some Green Can Tips!

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. Check back in early March for next year's dates!

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 by email or by phone at 604-946-3260. 

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