How to set up Multi-Family Food Scraps Program

The City of New Westminster has a food scraps collection program for multi-family (apartment and condo) residents to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

Organic waste such as food scraps, plants and flowers, and food soiled paper are now banned from garbage and are accepted in the foods scraps collection bin.  

It’s estimated that upwards of 30% of multi-residential waste is comprised of organic material.  We need your help to keep this valuable resource from heading to the landfills.  Once collected, the organic waste is taken to a regional composting facility where it is recycled into a nutrient rich soil amendment for plants, gardens and crops.  

How the Food Scraps Collection Program Works

  • A centralized food scraps bin is provided to each building which is collected weekly by the City's contractor, Waste Management.
  • To get started, each residential unit (apartment or condo) will receive a fridge magnet, brochure and kitchen container with details on what to include and what not to include in your food scraps bin.
  • In order to reduce odours and attractants, a sample Bag to Earth paper bag is provided to line the kitchen container.  You can use newspaper as a more economical option to line the container or wrap your scraps.
  • Including paper products along with your food scraps provides a good carbon source and is beneficial to the composting process.
  • NO plastic bags or plastic style compostable or biodegradable bags are accepted. Paper kraft bags (e.g. Bag to Earth) bags are accepted.
  • How to Line Your Kitchen Catcher with Newsprint (using your community newspaper)

To ensure success of the program, only put food waste loose, wrapped in newspaper, or in kraft paper bags in the main collection cart.



The City must comply with the requirements of our processor.


If you have questions regarding collection, need an additional recycling bin, or need to set up new service, please contact WM Customer Service at 1-800-774-9747 and provide your building address along with the the service(s) you are calling about (recycling and/or food scraps). 

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