Food Scraps Drop Spot


Food Scraps Drop Spot is a community-based composting model that helps keep food scraps out of the landfill. Since its start in 2011, the Food Scraps Drop Spot program has received more than 32,000 drops and diverted over 230,000 lbs of food scraps!

Drop Spot Hours & Locations

  • Trout Lake – Saturdays, 9am-2pm | May 9 – October 24
  • Kitsilano – Sundays, 10am-2pm | May 10 – October 25
  • West End – Saturdays, 9am-2pm | May 30 – October 24
  • Mount Pleasant – Sundays, 10am-2pm | June 14 – October 11

Depending on the location, we need to collect between $43-$200/week to cover the hauling fees. Thanks for giving a minimum $2 donation every time you drop!

Get Involved

  • Become a Dropper! Read the FAQs below to get started
  • Not a dropper? Donate to keep the program going
  • Don’t have $ to give? Tell people about it or sign up to be a volunteer!
  • Tweet about us! Tag @FoodScrapsDS and #foodisntgarbage to join the conversation

Thanks for helping us keep food scraps out of the landfill!


Why compost?

Food makes up 40% of what Vancouver sends to the landfill, which then creates greenhouse gases and contributes to climate change. When composted, food scraps and organic waste can be turned into soil and eventually more fresh fruit and veggies!

What can I bring to the Food Scraps Drop Spots?

Accepted items include: fruit and vegetable scraps, meat, bones & dairy, bread and pastries, cooked food scraps, soiled paper towels, coffee grounds & tea bags [Please NO plastic bags (unless certified compostable), plastics or styrofoam, soils or grease, coffee cups, diapers or wipes,animal waste or cat litter – see Recyclepedia App for suggested disposal options]

How should I store my food scraps?

Food scraps can be collected in anything from plastic ice cream buckets and milk cartons to commercially-available compost pails. Line your bucket with newspaper for easier clean up and store it in the fridge or freezer to reduce odours.

How do I become a dropper?

  1. Bring your food scraps to participating farmers market locations
  2. Find the Drop Spot next to the Market Information Booth
  3. Sign-in with your postal code or dropper number
  4. Drop your food scraps in the Drop Spot bin and give $2 per drop
  5. Buy more local food and repeat!

(Paper towel and hand sanitizer available on site for particularly messy drops)

Why does it cost $2?

Food Scraps Drop Spots exist through a collaborative model. Vancouver Farmers Markets donates space, equipment and organizing power, Recycling Alternative offers discounted hauling service and community droppers give $2 per drop to cover the hauling and tipping fee.

Helpful Links

The Food Scraps Drop Spot program operates weekly at selected Farmers Markets and community locations in high density neighbourhoods. You can find out more details about the program, including other Drop Spot locations, times of operation, tips and resources on collecting food scraps on their website.