There are steps you can take to reduce odours and the risk of insects and wildlife being attracted to your waste and recycling:

Food Waste Kitchen Catchers

  • Use a container that seals and line with a compostable bag or newspaper
  • Layer container with soiled paper towel or napkins to absorb extra moisture
  • Collect meat and fish scraps in a compostable bag and store in freezer until collection day
  • Empty and wash container frequently

Outdoor Garbage and Kitchen Scraps Bins

  • racoon in garbage canStore bins in a shady location during warm weather
  • Consider securing your bins in a fenced area, shed or garage
  • Wait until morning of collection day to place bins at the curb
  • Place bins out every collection day, even if they are not full
  • Keep bins clean, particularly outside of lid and sides, use mild detergent or vinegar/water solution
  • If larger animals are a concern, ask service provider if they supply WildSafeBC approved containers or inquire if you can adapt your container to secure lid (eg. bungee cord that driver removes)


  • Rinse glass, metal and plastic containers or soak in dish water after washing dishes
  • Bury greasy pizza box bottoms in green bin

Backyard Composting

  • Choose a unit that has holes no bigger than ¼ “, a secure lid and a bottom or baseplate
  • Include only fresh fruit and vegetable waste, no cooked food or meat and dairy products
  • Cover green material with equal layer of brown material
  • More information

Food Waste Digester

  • Ensure unit is installed as instructed, with basket fully buried underground
  • Consider extra steps suggested to increase pest resistance
  • Wait until ground has been re-established before adding meat and cooked foods to digester
  • More information

Heading out for a picnic? Think pack-in-pack-out and bring your garbage, food waste and recycling home for cleaning and sorting.


Questions? Contact us

1.800.663.4425 local 3030