Green Can FAQs

Q: How do I know if I’m eligible for Green Can curbside collection?

If you currently receive curbside garbage collection through the Township of Langley, you are eligible. Strata dwellers: verify service eligibility with your property management.

Q: When am I scheduled for Green Can curbside collection?

Refer to the garbage and recycling collection schedule.

Q: Why are food scraps no longer allowed in the garbage?

Metro Vancouver municipalities are required to reduce the amount of garbage going to the dump (landfill) by 70 percent and food scraps make up about 40 percent to 50 percent of the garbage.  Also, waste disposal costs are significantly higher than recycling and composting.

Q: When did the Green Can become mandatory in the Township?

The Solid Waste Management Bylaw 2011 No. 4845 was approved in 2011. The bylaw requires food scraps be separated from regular garbage.

Q: I already compost. Why do I need to have a Green Can?

Not all items (such as meat, bones, dairy, cooked food) can go into backyard composters.

Q: Why can’t I use compostable or biodegradable plastic bags to line my kitchen catcher or Green Can?

These bags do not compost quickly enough for local composting facilities and are not accepted for municipal collection.

Q: Is there a limit to the amount of food scraps and yard trimmings I can put in my Green Can?

When filled, your 80 L Green Can cannot weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs). If you have more food scraps and yard trimmings, simply add another can clearly identified container with a Green Can decal. There is no limit to the number of Green Cans you leave out.

Q: Why did the Township choose to use 80 L cans instead of giving residents those large bins that some municipalities use?

Having residents use their pre-existing can or purchase a new can was the most cost-effective option.

Q: What about rodents getting in my Green Can?

Just as you would need to take precautions with your regular garbage, ensure your Green Can has a tight fitting lid. If possible, store your Green Can in a secure place, such as in your garage or your garden shed.  Wait until morning to put your Green Can to the curb (by 7:30am).

Q: Can I put extra yard trimmings out for collection?

Yes. We recommend mixing yard trimmings with food scraps in your Green Can to absorb moisture.

Twigs and branches can be bundled using garden string or twine (no wire, nylon rope, or plastic strapping).

  • Maximum branch size: 1 m (3 ft) in length and 7.5 cm (3 in) in diameter
  • Maximum bundle size: 1 m (3 ft) in length and 0.5 m (1.5 ft) in diameter
  • Maximum bundle, container, or bag weight: 20 kg (44 lbs)

Q: What if I don’t have enough yard trimmings to put in the can with my food scraps?

It’s fine to just put food scraps in your Green Can.

Q: I want to compost, but I’m not in the current Green Can collection area. How can I participate?

Use a backyard composter. While you can’t put the same variety of items in your backyard composter as you would in the Green Can, it will help reduce the amount of garbage you are dumping. 

Residents who receive private collection and want to have food scrap collection should contact their service provider and inquire about food collection services.

Q: I put food scraps in my yard trimmings can with the yellow decal. Isn’t this good enough?

Replace your yard trimmings decal with a Green Can decal. They are available at:

To request decals by mail, contact 604.532.7300 or email

Green Can Tips

1. Kitchen food scrap container:

  • Purchase a kitchen catcher from your local retail store
  • Make one from an empty ice cream pail or container of your choice with lid 

2. Avoid the mess:

  • Wrap food scraps in newspaper and tie closed with yarn or string
  • Line the bottom of your Green Can with newspaper
  • Purchase paper bags designed for food waste
  • Place food scraps in your freezer(particularly cooked food);place frozen scraps in the Green Can on collection day 

3. Green Can that didn't get picked up:

  • Ensure Green Can decal is facing the street.  The first round of collection is for the Green Can only and the driver must be able to identify your can.

4. How to make the change:

  • Place kitchen catcher in a convenient location, such as on the counter or beside the garbage can
  • To get into the habit of placing food scraps into the kitchen catcher, move the garbage can to a different location and replace it with your kitchen catcher; 40 to 50 per cent of your waste is compostable.

More Information

Engineering Division

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