Kitchen Scraps, Garbage & Recycling

Love Food Hate Waste

The City of Victoria is proud to be a founding partner in a national program to reduce food waste in Canada.

The Love Food Hate Waste campaign aims to change Canadians’ behaviours around food and dramatically reduce the significant amount of food wasted across the country every day.  

Did you know?

  • Canadians are among the worst of the developed nations when it comes to food waste, with about 47 percent of food waste occurring in the home.
  • 63% of household foodwaste in Canada is avoidable.
  • An average household throws away $1,000 of edible food per year.
  • For Canada as a whole that amounts to almost 2.2 million tonnes of edible food wasted each year, costing Canadians in excess of $17 million and contributing to Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.

The campaign offers practical and easy tips for keeping and storing fresh food, using up existing ingredients and better planning to avoid over-purchasing food.

The campaign is based on a successful model in the United Kingdom, where avoidable household food waste was cut by 21 percent in its first five years, saving UK consumers £13 billion.

Let’s stop wasting food. Learn more here.
Stay tuned for more details this fall!

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 $222.39. If you have the smaller 80L Grey Bin your annual cost will now be $195.63.  If you have the large 180L Grey Bin your annual cost will be $262.56.  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.

Green Bin Cleanliness

The responsibility of keeping green bins clean is to the residents or business owners that use them. Keeping green bins clean is important as rotting food materials or residues left behind can cause strong, unpleasant odours (especially in the summer heat) and can create unsanitary environments where mold or maggots can grow and thrive.

City of Victoria staff that pick-up and empty your green bins have to deal with the condition inside of them and it’s a courtesy to keep them clean and odour free. If your bins are already unclean, it’s your responsibility to clean them.

Here are a few tips to help reduce odours and keep bins clean:   

  • Try find a place to store your green and grey bins that is out of the sun and if possible, rinse your bins after every collection day with water and vinegar.
  • Always use compostable bags, paper bags or newspaper to line your kitchen catcher.  This will help contain your kitchen scraps when you transfer them to the larger green bin.  It will also help reduce moisture and odour and will help to keep your large green bin clean. Biodegradable and plastic bags are not accepted.
  • Rinse out your kitchen catcher, green bin and grey bin on a regular basis.  Rinsing your bins and using the approved bags for your kitchen scraps will help to prevent items from sticking to the bottom of your bin when they are dumped. Extra crumpled up newspaper at the bottom of your bin will also help to keep your bin clean.
  • During the summer months it is a good idea to freeze your waste meat products, in a large freezer bag or container.  The day before your pick up, empty these bags into your green bin. 
  • Sprinkling baking soda in layers throughout your green bin will also help reduce odours.  Please don't put large amounts at the bottom of your bin.  It is more effective to sprinkle it in layers as you add your kitchen scraps to the green bin.
  • Adding extra crumpled newspaper to the bottom of your bin will also absorb moisture and ensure your bin empties fully on collection day.

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.