Organics

(Vancouver City Limits Customers)

Composting yard debris and food scraps with Waste Connections reduces waste in our landfill and creates nutrient-rich fertilizer.

What Is the Organics Service Being Offered?

Beginning Fall 2019, you will be able to include food scraps, along with yard debris, in your existing yard debris cart. This new organics service is available at no additional charge! There will be no change to your schedule: Please continue to follow your every-other-week calendar.

What to expect:

  1. Between September 16 and 27 you will receive a kitchen pail for food scraps, instructions on food scrap collection, and tips for maintaining the kitchen pail and organics cart. These items will be delivered curbside.
  2. Please keep your current cart unless you would like a smaller cart, available at a reduced rate.
  3. After receiving your kitchen pail and additional information, you can begin to add food scraps to your organics cart.
  4. Beginning the week of September 30 or October 7, depending on your service schedule, put your organics cart at the curb with yard debris and food scraps on your regular service day.

Service Options & Rates

For residents of City of Vancouver, organics is available as an every-other-week service. Four convenient cart sizes are available at different rates.

20-gallon     $4.65/month
32-gallon     $5.70/month
64-gallon     $6.75/month
96-gallon     $7.80/month

Any extra yard debris above and beyond your normal Organics service level will be billed at $3.56 per 32 gallon extra. All food waste must be contained within your Organics cart and must not be included in any extra yard debris placed out.

** Please note: On-call yard debris service is changing in Vancouver

On-call yard debris service will no longer be available as of September 30. Customers who currently use this service will automatically be enrolled in every-other-week organics service using your current cart, unless you contact us to opt out.

FAQ’s

What is the organics program?

Residents living in single-family households or with their own service for garbage and recycling can begin to add food scraps to their yard debris cart AFTER they receive their kitchen pail, sometime between September 16 and 27. Their first pickup will occur on or after September 30 on their regular service day and week. 

Where is this service currently available?

Organics service is available to single-family residential households within the City of Vancouver limits. If you are unsure if you’re in the City of Vancouver limits, please reference the City of Vancouver Limits Map.  

When will this service be available?

For current customers, the organics program will begin with their first pickup after September 30. Please check your schedule to determine your service date. 

What is the cost of this service?

Organics is an optional subscription-based service. A variety of cart sizes and pricing options are available for this every-other-week service.

20-gallon     $4.65/month
32-gallon     $5.70/month
64-gallon     $6.75/month
96-gallon     $7.80/month

How do I sign up?

Contact us to sign up for the organics program. A customer service representative will help you through the process.

I use on-call yard debris service. Will I still be able to do that with the new program?

On-call yard debris service will no longer be available as of September 30. There will be no on-call option for organics service. The organics cart will be serviced every-other-week because we are concerned that any longer than that might be unsafe for the community and our employees. 

What happens to the organics collected in this program?

The yard debris and food scraps collected from homes across the City of Vancouver will be collected and taken to West Vancouver Materials Recovery Facility where it is reloaded and trucked to Dirt Hugger, a commercial composting facility in Dallesport, WA. 

Why is diverting my food scraps and yard debris a good idea?

First, you might save money! Separating out food scraps and yard debris from your garbage may help reduce the amount of garbage your household generates, therefore potentially reducing your garbage costs.

Second, you’ll be helping the environment. When food scraps and yard debris end up in the landfill, they decompose and produce methane (a greenhouse gas). However, when food scraps and yard debris are collected and sent to a compost facility, they become a valuable soil amendment that will return nutrients back to the environment.

Can't I just use my in-sink garbage disposal to dispose of food scraps?

Garbage disposals aren’t meant to handle large amounts of food. Sending food solids into the sewer puts added stress on the sewer system and those solids must then be removed later. Grease, fats, and oils are especially harmful and should be disposed as garbage. Give our sewer system a break and compost your food scraps instead!