Kitchen Scraps, Garbage & Recycling

CRD 2015 Kitchen Scraps Ban

Starting January 1, 2015 kitchen scraps are restricted from your garbage. Organic materials, such as kitchen scraps, constitute approximately 30% of the waste at Hartland landfill. Current recycling and composting programs are diverting 46% of the waste stream from the landfill. For more information visit the CRD's website.

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.

How does the Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program work?

  • Kitchen scraps and garbage are collected from your backyard, every two weeks. Click here to view your schedule.
  • Please ensure that the placement of your bins does not require City staff to open gates, climb stairs or open an enclosure.  
  • The empty Green and Grey Bins are then left at the front of your property. 
  • New natural gas trucks pick up both kitchen scraps and garbage. 
  • If you have the standard 120L Grey Bin for garbage, your annual cost will now be $211.02. If you have the smaller 80L Grey Bin your annual cost will now be $184.02.  If you have the large 180L Grey Bin your annual cost will be $235.02.  If you would like to change the size of your Grey Bin click here.
  • If you would like to learn more about the 'Helping Hand'  Program click here.
  • Large rolls of compostable bags are available for sale at the Public Service Centre at City Hall and at the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre.  By buying large wholesale quantities the City is able to pass these savings on to you.  A roll of 90 bags is $10 plus tax. 
  • To read more about how to dispose of extra garbage click here.
  • To read the Solid Waste Bylaw click here.
  • Each set of bins has an identification code and belongs to a specific address.  Please collect your own bins after each collection day.  To make this easier, you can write your address and unit number (not name) in permanent marker on the lid of your bins.

What kind of compostable bags can I use in my kitchen catcher?

You can use bags with the compostable mark on them, or newspaper or paper bags.  All three options will reduce the moisture and smell in your kitchen catcher, but can be processed into compost with your kitchen scraps.  Here is a list of accepted compostable bags with the compostable mark on them.  

We will not accept plastic bags, including plastic bags made from recycled content (like many shopping bags).  These bags take a very long time to break down and we don't want plastic in the end compost product.  Biodegradable bags are also not accepted.  Biodegradable bags have been designed to breakdown into smaller pieces of plastic over time, but will still leave pieces of plastic in the compost.

What do I need to do now?

1)   Start using your Green and Grey Bins

All households on the program received a standard 120L Green Bin, a small "kitchen catcher" and the size of Grey Bin that each household selected.  

2) Never miss another collection day!

Sign up for text, email, voice mail, Twitter, or iCalendar reminders here.  The "Victoria Waste" collection day reminder app can also be downloaded here. You can also view your Collection Schedule online or print it here. 

 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.

If you are looking for a list of the items that belong in your Green and Grey Bins and other tips for 2014, you can view or print this: 2014 Kitchen Scraps and Garbage Program -Things to Remember.pdf [PDF - 477 KB].


 5) Start separating your kitchen scraps and watch your waste shrink!

Keep up the great work Victoria!

In the first year of the Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program over 1,800 tonnes of kitchen scraps were separated and processed into compost, instead of being sent to the landfill, 300 tonnes more than the original target of 1,500. The participation of local residents resulted in a monthly average diversion rate of 36.5%, surpassing the goal of diverting 30 percent of the waste stream from the landfill. This is over 6.5 tonnes of kitchen scraps each day!

Further Information


 If you live in another part of Greater Victoria, please contact your local municipality for information on your garbage collection.

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.