Kitchen Scraps, Garbage & Recycling
Kudos to the 14,000 Households on the Kitchen Scraps and Garbage Program!
We have surpassed our diversion goal! After three months, kitchen scraps now make up 37% of our waste stream. 400 tonnes of kitchen scraps have now been diverted from the landfill and turned into compost. This is approximately 6.5 tonnes of kitchen scraps each day!
Our Goal: To keep 30% of what was "garbage" out of the landfill and to turn it into compost instead.
How does the Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program work?
- Starting on February 4, 2013, kitchen scraps and garbage will be collected from your backyard, every two weeks. The empty Green and Grey Bins will be left at the front of your property.
- New natural gas trucks are now picking up both kitchen scraps and garbage. Bi-weekly trips to your home and the use of natural gas will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50%.
- Your new Kitchen Scraps and Garbage utility bill will replace your old garbage-only utility bill. If you have the standard Grey Bin for garbage, your annual cost will now be $183, $19 less than your old garbage-only program.
- If you would like to learn more about the 'Helping Hand' Program click here.
- Large rolls of compostable bags are now available for sale at the Public Service Centre at City Hall and at the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. By buying large wholesale quanities the City is able to pass these savings on to you. A roll of 90 bags is $10 plus tax. Compostable bags, paper bags or newspaper must be used to contain your kitchen scraps. Plastic bags and biodegradable bags are not accepted with your kitchen scraps.
What do I need to do now?
1) In January and early February watch for the Green and Grey Bins to be delivered to your home.
All households will receive a standard 120L Green Bin, a small "kitchen catcher" and the size of Grey Bin that each household selected this past summer.
Please note: If you have a bin change request , please read more here.
2) Never miss another collection day!
Sign up for text, email, voice mail, Twitter, or iCalendar collection day reminders. The "Victoria Waste" collection day reminder app can also be downloaded here. View your Collection Schedule online to see when your first collection day is.
3) Watch a video about the new Kitchen Scraps and Garbage Program:
4) Learn more about what goes in your Green Bin and Grey Bin.
Learn more about kitchen scraps and garbage.
5) Start separating your kitchen scraps and watch your waste shrink.
- "Victoria rolling out Kitchen Scraps Program in February" - Times Colonist- January 4, 2013
- Regional Kitchen Scraps Recycling: Shaw Cable- January 24, 2013
- Following the Kitchen Scraps and Old Plastic Garbage Cans: CTV- February 1, 2013
- Kitchen Scraps and Garbage Program Tips
- Changing the Size of Your Grey Bin
- Garbage and Garden Waste Drop Off
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Recycling and Composting
- Kitchen Scraps and Garbage Program FAQ
Service Requests and Contact Information
If you have a service request, a question, or a comment about your current garbage collection or the new Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program, please make an online submission here. We will attend to it as soon as possible. You can also call 250.361.0400 with any questions.Go to Top