The following items can be placed in the green cart for collection:
Hint: Use boxboard or one sheet of paper to wrap wet food waste.
Fat, cooking oil & grease (also known as FOG) should not be poured down sink drains or toilets. It can stick to sewer pipes and cause a household sewage backup. These materials should be disposed in the green cart.
Tips for disposing of FOG:
Managing organic waste in your own yard not only saves tax dollars by reducing trucking costs, it's easy to do and good for the environment!
Properties that receive curbside collection are entitled to receive a green cart at no charge. Carts are assigned to the property - not the owner. If you move, the cart and mini bin stay with the property. If you have moved in to a house that does not have a green cart, please call 311.
Residents are responsible for the proper care and use of their green cart and mini bin. If a cart has been damaged for any reason, please call 311 to arrange repair. It is important to keep carts in repair, as a small amount of damage today could lead to bigger problems down the road.
In some cases (ie grates or cracks) carts must be empty prior to being repaired or replaced. If the cart is currently empty, please do not use the cart until the repair is complete. Ask a neighbour to share their cart or hold materials in a separate container pending repair/replacement.
Carts must be left in a location easily accessible to the contractor. We will not go behind houses or fences or in garages unless the homeowner is present. We do not call ahead, so please make sure the cart is accessible.
Green Cart Tip Chart
|I want to:||Reduce Flies||Minimize Odours||Keep containers clean||Minimize freezing|
|Place wet food waste in boxboard or wrap using one sheet of newspaper.|
|Alternate layers of wet waste (e.g., food) with layers of dry waste (e.g., leaves).|
|Empty your mini bin daily (after the main meal); you may also rinse with a mild detergent.|
|Place the cart curbside for every collection even if it's not full.|
|Store the cart outside in a ventilated, shady, convenient location, away from outdoor activity.|
|Fruit flies are more common during warm weather. In the kitchen capture fruit flies with a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap with several small holes in it.|
|Wetness contributes to odours in summer and freezing in winter. By wrapping wet food waste in soiled/non-recyclable paper and boxboard (e.g., paper towel, cereal boxes), you can reduce wetness & odours, and help prevent nuisances.|