Green Can & Compost

Green Can & Compost

The Green Can program provides weekly collection of organics compost (food waste and yard trimmings) 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 waste 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 placed curbside by 7:00 am on your designated collection day.


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

Green Cans and Kitchen Containers

Backyard Composting

FreeGarden Earth composters are available to Delta residents for $35 including tax and delivery. This design has a small footprint and fits neatly in tight spots. Features include a large twist-lock lid and dual slide up doors for easy harvesting of finished compost. Black coloured top and side panels absorb radiant heat for faster decomposition. Composters sold by Delta are 83.8cm wide x 78.7cm deep x 51.42cm in diameter.

Free Yard Trimming & Wood Waste Drop-off

Delta residents may drop off yard trimmings and clean wood waste for free at GFL Environmental Inc. 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 GFL Environmental Inc. at 604-946-0201 for drop-off details.

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. The spring 2024 Free Compost Week will take place from Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March 10. Proof of residency is required to participate in the program. 

Open Burning 

Open burning is prohibited unless you obtain authorization from Metro Vancouver. Metro Vancouver authorizations do not replace a municipal burn permit. Contact your local fire department for information about how to obtain a municipal burn permit.

For more information about Metro Vancouver Open Burning Regulations, please visit Open Burning Vegetative Debris | Metro Vancouver

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