Organics Disposal Ban

Message from City of Vancouver on Organics Disposal Ban

On January 1, 2015, the City of Vancouver, along with Metro Vancouver, banned the disposal of food as garbage. This means that food scraps, such as raw foods, cooked foods, plate scrapings, leftovers, packaged food, meat and bones are no longer allowed in regular garbage and should be recycled. Under the City by-law, property owners are required to develop a plan and to manage food scraps according to that plan.

The ban applies to all properties, including multi-unit residential buildings such as apartments and condominiums, as well as commercial and mixed use buildings. Learn more about the ban and how to set up a food scraps collection program at: