Organics

(Vancouver City Limits Customers)

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

Organics Service

City of Vancouver residents can now add food scraps to their yard debris, in their existing teal yard debris or green organics cart.

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. For public health reasons, all food waste must be contained within your Organics cart and must not be included in any extra yard debris placed out. Extra yard debris can be placed in a Kraft paper bag, spare can or bundled at the curb. Loose yard debris cannot be collected at the curb.

** Please note: On-call yard debris service is no longer available in Vancouver

Customers who used this service were automatically enrolled in every-other-week organics service, unless they contacted 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.  

Are there any limitations on how full the cart can be?

Organics carts, like all other cart services, should not be overflowing. Please ensure that the lid of your cart remains closed.

For the safety of our drivers and the smooth operation of our equipment, we also enforce limits on the weight of carts. For 64-gallon carts the maximum weight is 130 pounds. For 90- or 96-gallon carts, the maximum weight is 200 pounds.

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

On-call yard debris service is no longer available to Vancouver residents as of September 30, 2019. There is 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!