What goes in the green cart
- fruit and vegetable peelings
- table scraps, meat, fish, bones
- dairy products
- fat, cooking oil, and grease
- bread, rice, pasta
- coffee grounds, filters, tea bags
- food napkins
- kitchen paper towels and soiled paper
Use boxboard or one sheet of paper to wrap wet food waste.
Not for the green cart
Carts that contain plastic (including bio-degradable or compostable plastic bags) will not be collected. The plastic must be removed prior to the next collection day.
You should return unacceptable compost bags to the retailer. Some retailers have responded to customers and Halifax Solid Waste requests to remove these bags from store shelves.
Other items that can’t go in your green cart include:
- waxed or film packaging
- corrugated cardboard (i.e. pizza boxes)
- cans, bottles, or glass
- decorations or wire wreaths
- newspapers, magazines, shredded paper
- paper or Styrofoam coffee cups
- milk containers
- pet or animal waste
- soil, sods, rocks, logs or tree trunks
- grass clippings
When will my green cart be collected?
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Collection can start as early as 7 a.m. but may not happen at the same time each week. You can place your green cart curbside as early as 7 p.m. the night before. Any carts not collected must be removed from the curb by 9 p.m. on the day of collection.
Leaf and yard material
The following items can also be placed curbside for collection:
- leaves and brush
- house and garden plant waste
- sawdust and wood shavings
Any leaves that you do not mulch or backyard compost can go in your green cart or large paper leaf and yard waste bags for collection. Up to 20 bags, 25 kg (55 lb) maximum weight each, are allowed each green cart collection day.
Branches should be tied in armload-sized bundles to a maximum of 5 bundles each collection day. No bundle can exceed 34 kg (75 lb) and no individual piece can be more than 4 feet long (1.2 m) or larger than 8 inches (0.2m) in diameter.
Grass clippings will not be collected curbside.
Christmas trees will be collected on your regular green cart collection day. Remove all wires, nails, and stands. Trees cannot be in a bag.
Composting at home
Backyard composting is an easy way to return nutrients to your gardens and doesn’t require a special container to start.
Green cart delivery and repair
The municipality provides green carts and mini bins to properties that received curbside collection. Call 3-1-1 to request a bin delivery for new homes, or for repairs to a damaged cart.
Carts are assigned to the property, not the owner. If you move, the cart and mini bin must stay at the property.
To get the most out of your green bin with the least amount of hassle, consider the following tips:
- Wrap wet food waste in a sheet of newspaper or boxboard to help reduce insects and odours
- Empty your mini-bin daily, and place the green cart for collection even if isn’t full.
- 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.
When the weather is cold, ensure you are using the following tips to keep the bin from freezing:
- Line the bottom of the green cart with newspaper or boxboard, like a cereal box
- Use a yard waste bag to line your cart
- Place your green cart in an area that the sun can reach it, if possible
- Wrap food scraps in newspaper, boxboard, or paper bag
- Open your green bin regularly and clear snow off of the top to prevent it from freezing shut
- Put out your green cart to the curb for every collection, even if the bin is not full, as this minimizes the time the material has to freeze
The following Household guides are in [PDF] format.
Curbside Sorting Guide - English
Curbside Sorting Guide - French
Curbside Sorting Guide - Arabic
Curbside Sorting Guide - Farsi
Curbside Sorting Guide - Simplified Chinese