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Clear bags for garbage.
Each home can have 6 bags per garbage day, one of those bags can be dark for privacy. All waste in clear bags must be visible. Opaque/dark "nested" bags are not permitted, except in the privacy bag.
Using clear bags for garbage encourages proper sorting and reduces the amount of waste that ends up in our landfill.
The new program requirements will be enforced at the curb. Non-compliant bags will be tagged with a rejection notice and the resident will be responsible for proper bags and sorting.
Residents can continue to use boxboard for wet food waste in their green cart. All that boxboard is not required in the compost system and can be recycled with paper. This too frees up capacity at our organics facilities
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Can I still use garbage cans?
Yes, residents may continue placing bags in standard size garbage cans for storage and privacy. Waste must be bagged within the can (no loose waste).
If you only place one standard size can curbside per collection that will count as a privacy bag. The garbage in the can must be contained in grocery store or kitchen catcher size bags, but you won't be required to put those bags in a larger bag. If you have garbage in excess of the can, that must be loose and visible in a clear bag.
Can the grocery bags/kitchen catchers I use to line the garbage cans around my house go in a clear garbage bag?
If you do not wish to empty the contents of the grocery bags into the clear bag, they have to go in your one dark/privacy bag. Waste in excess of that one bag would have to be visible (loose or in clear kitchen catchers).
If you empty the contents of the grocery bag into a clear bag, you can either reuse or recycle the grocery bag, which reduces wasted plastic. If the grocery bag is heavily soiled it could be thrown out as garbage.
I only place one garbage can for curbside collection. Do I have to start using clear bags?
The garbage in the can must be contained in grocery store or kitchen catcher size bags, but you won't be required to put those bags in a larger bag. If you have garbage in excess of the can, that must be loose and visible in a clear bag.
How will I manage pet waste and diapers?
I don’t have a green cart at my house/my green cart is damaged.
Homes eligible for curbside collection can call 311 to request green cart delivery or repair service.
Can I use clear bags for recycling?
Residents should use see through blue bags for recyclables. Grocery/retail bags or a seperate blue or clear bag can be used for newspaper and boxboard recycling. Paper cannot be mixed in the same bag as other recyclables. Remember to keep an arm’s length between your garbage and recycling bags at the curb.
I have a lot of black garbage bags and/or white kitchen catchers that I won’t be able to use up by August 1.
Each household can continue to place one dark bag curbside for privacy items (ie bathroom waste). White or solid colour kitchen catchers may be used to line garbage cans around your house, and can continue to be placed in your dark/privacy bag until they have been used up.
I heard free sample bags will be available. Where can I get these?
Sample packs of clear garbage and blue recycling bags (including coupons valued at $6) have been donated to the residents of Halifax by Glad. These samples will be affixed to green carts during the month of July, so make sure your cart is curbside on your regular collection day. Sampel packs will also be available at Customer Service Centres and other public locations.
What is a nested bag?
A nested bag is any dark/solid bag (usually a retail/grocery bag or kitchen catcher) that is inside another larger bag. If a resident uses a dark privacy bag, no nested bags are permitted in the clear bags.
Can I use bags that have a green or other colour tint?
No. Clear bags must be colourless.
What is a standard size garbage bag?
Standard size bags are roughly 75 litres. The regulations in the bylaw say bags can be no more than 1 metre long when empty.
Boxboard will be recycled with paper or cardboard, but can still be used to contain wet food scraps in the green cart. Plastic liners and compostable bags are not acceptable in the green cart.
Leaf and Yard Waste
Use kraft paper bags for excess leaf and yard waste instead of plastic bags. Leaf and yard waste is still permitted to be placed in the green cart. Grass clippings will no longer be collected curbside in favour of grasscycling and/or backyard composting.
How should I manage my lawn and grass clippings?
Raising the blade on your mower and leaving clippings on your lawn is the best practice for a healthy lawn. The clippings return valuable nutrients, like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, to the soil, reducing fertilizer requirements and encouraging earthworm activity.
Will kraft paper bags tear when they get wet?
Look for kraft paper bags made for leaf and yard waste as they are designed for use in all climates. Leave enough room to roll the bag shut to prevent rain from getting inside. Paper bags are used in other jurisdictions in the Maritimes and have proven to function well.