Garbage Collection

Garbage is collected on a bi-weekly basis. Please refer to the Curbside Collection Schedule for more information.

Garbage collection every two weeks may seem like a challenge but remember, a wide variety of items can go into your Recycling and Yard and Food Scraps carts.

For more information, please call Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691 or email .
  • *Can be recycled in the blue bin outside Lord Kelvin and Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary Schools, or Glenbrook and Queensborough Middle Schools.

    **Recycle at the City's Recycling Depot.

    Note: Use of plastic bags in your cart is optional.


    Please do not overfill your cart. The lid should close easily. Be careful not to pack material too tight as it may not fall out when being emptied.


    Garbage will be collected on a bi-weekly basis. Please refer to the Collection Schedule for more details.

  • 1. Disposable diapers

    • Consider cloth diapers. A diaper service can be cost-competitive to disposables - washed and delivered.
    • Bag diapers separately.
    • Use heavier gauge bags, preferably biodegradable.
    • Tightly secure bag.
    • Sprinkle baking soda on soiled diaper and in bag before tying it shut.
    • Keep waste cart lid closed at all times.

    2. Other smelly items

    • Rinse raw meat and fish residue or blood off styrofoam trays or plastic bags before disposing of them. 
    • Sprinkle baking soda over smelly items before bagging them.

    3. Throw less away

    • Whenever possible, choose products with less packaging, or with packaging that can be recycled. Buy in bulk when you can.
    • Whenever possible, buy and use refillable or reusable containers.
    • Try to donate or sell unwanted items rather than throwing them away. Even items that might need repair may be desired by others (e.g. parts).

    4. Cart tips

    • Make sure all messy or smelly waste is securely bagged before putting it in your cart.
    • Regularly rinse out your cart with your hose or a vinagar/water solution to control odours.
  • There is value in your recyclable materials. Check your waste to ensure that you’re not throwing away valuable recyclable items in your garbage. Did you know the aluminum can is the most valuable container to recycle and is the most recyclable of all materials? The aluminum can is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled indefinitely.
  • For larger items requiring disposal, the City may be able to offer a special pick-up where the item(s) can be collected from the curb for a fee.  Special pick-up inquiries can be made by calling Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691. Please note: some restrictions apply.  No refunds will be issued once payment is made.

    Help keep your city clean and report any incidents you’ve seen of illegal dumping to our Engineering Operations team at 604-526-4691.

  • General Refuse

    Coquitlam Transfer Station


    Recycling of Paint, Pesticides, Flammable Liquids, Light Bulbs & more



    Hazardous Waste Info

    Ministry of Environment




    New West Gypsum



    Recycling Inquiries

    Engineering Operations


    Mon-Fri (7:30am-4:00pm)


    Recycling Depot


    Depot Info

    Wed-Sun, 10:00am-6:00pm

    Recycling Inquiries

    RCBC's Recycling Hotline



    Rain Barrels

    Engineering Operations


    Environmental Section

    Compost Inquiries

    Compost Hotline



    Solid Waste & Recycling Info

    Metro Vancouver


    Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Engineering Operations
    T 604-526-4691