Organics (Green Cart)
Remember to place your carts at the curbside by 8 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Read more Cart Placement guidelines here. Check your “Collection Calendar” to confirm your collection schedule.
COVID-19 Advisory - Please follow Safe Waste practices by securely bagging and disposing the following items in the Black Cart (garbage):
- Cleaning cloths and disposable wipes - even those listed as flushable/compostable
- Used Kleenex
- Personal hygiene products
- Face masks & gloves
- Any other similar sanitary items
What Goes Inside:
*Place items loosely or use Certified Compostable bags.
- Yard waste (leaves, grass, and light trimmings - no branches or woody items)
- Food scraps
- Small amounts of fats, oils, and greases -- soak up any liquids in paper towel or other absorbent material
- Vegetables, salad and fruit
- Paper towels, napkins and paper plates
- Compostable paper take out containers
- Meat, poultry, fish, shellfish and bones
- Bread, dough, pasta and grain
- Floral arrangements
- Egg and dairy products
- Coffee grounds
- Coffee filters and tea bags
- Table and plate scraps
- Soiled paper and cardboard
What you can't put in your green bin:
- Diapers and other personal hygiene items
- Glass, latex or metals (including foil)
- Animal carcasses
- Soil, sod and rocks
- Plastics including biodegradable bags
- Styrofoam and cork
- Pet waste
- Wire, twist ties, rubber bands or netting.
Place items loosely in carts. Do not cram or stuff items inside. Overstuffed carts may not empty completely.
During the winter months, place carts in the mouth of your driveway or a shovelled area of the snowbank.
A liner or bag is optional
- Acceptable liners include paper bags, newspaper, flour/sugar/fast food, a cereal box or certified compostable bags.
- Paper bags and certified compostable bags can be purchased at local retailers.
- If purchasing compostable bags, look for one or both certification logos to ensure they break down when composted:
Why is Certified Compostable important?
Certified Compostable bio-products are designed to fully break down into water, carbon dioxide and biomass in industrial composting facilities. Any bio-product that is not Certified Compostable is not guaranteed to fully break down, and will stay intact or break down into smaller plastic pieces. Biodegradable and degradable products and packaging cannot go into the Green Cart, because they are likely to contaminate our compost stream with macro- or micro-plastics.
Keeping Pesky Critters out of your Garbage/Green Carts
Wildlife may be attracted to your garbage cart and/or organics cart, but here are steps you can take to avoid unwanted contact with these critters. Use the tips below:
- Wrap food in newsprint or paper bags
- Freeze any smelly foods and place them in your green bin on the day of collection
- Keep carts clean by rinsing with soapy water; leaving soap residue may also mask food odors
- Keep carts in a secured location such as garage or shed until collection day
- Put carts in a secured location such as garage or shed until collection day
- Put carts out as close to collection time (8 a.m.) as possible
- Try using vinegar and baking soda - a natural odor eliminator
- Use a bungee cord or weight on lid. The cord and weight must be removed for collection!
The carts feature a patented rodent-proof rim that is designed to keep critters out. If your wildlife problem persist, please contact the Public Works Department.
Preventing Insects and Maggots
- Maggots are attracted to cooked and raw meat. Store these scraps in the freezer until collection day.
- Tightly wrap meat scraps and plate scrapings in newspaper before placing in your cart, and then cover with yard waste.
- Transfer waste food into your kitchen catcher as soon as you can and keep the lid tightly closed when not in use.
- Using compostable or paper bags, closed and tied at the top, helps to prevent houseflies from getting in contact with your food waste.
- Clean out your kitchen catcher regularly with a mild detergent or vinegar/water solution.
- You can sprinkle salt, vinegar or garden lime in your organics cart to reduce odour.
Last updated: June 15, 2022