Organics Collection

The Town of Westlock supplies all households that pay for residential garbage collection services with one 65-gallon green Organic Cart, which is provided to the homeowner(s) to dispose of acceptable organics.
 
Organic Carts belong to the house address they are assigned to, as identified by a bar code on the Cart. For identification purposes, the Town recommends you record the serial number of your Organic Cart.
 

Organic Cart Collection

A truck with a special lift/arm will empty your Cart and take your organics to the Composting Facility.
 

Acceptable Items

 Food Waste  Yard Waste
 Paper Waste  Other Waste
• Bread and baked goods
• Coffee grinds and filters
• Cooled cooking oils or grease
• Dairy products - Eggs and egg shells
• Fowl*
• Grains, nuts, flour, etc.
• Fruits, vegetables, peelings
• Meat products and bones*
• Pasta and rice
• Seafood*
• Soup stock
• Tea bags
• Brush or prunings
• Garden foliage
• Grass clippings
• Leaves
• Small branches
• Weeds
• Freezer, wax or parchment paper
• Soiled paper products (e.g. newspapers)
• Soiled paper-based egg trays or cartons (e.g. - milk cartons)
• Wet or soiled cardboard (e.g. wet pizza boxes)
• Wet or soiled paper towel and tissues
 
 
• Pet waste in compostable bags
• Cereal boxes
• Bars of soap
• Floor sweepings
• Saw dust
*Please wrap items in newspaper.
 
Additional yard waste (such as grass clippings, leaves and branches) can be brought to the landfill. Please bring heavy and larger yard waste items (such as tree stumps, soil, sod, large branches and any diseased yard material) to the landfill.
 

Unacceptable Items

• Beverage (pop) cans
• Diapers or wipes
• Electronics or small appliances
• Fire ashes
• Glass
• Household hazardous waste
• Hot drink cups
• Hazardous Waste
• Metal
• Plastic
• Plastic bags
• Plastic toys
• Sod and soil
• Styrofoam

 

Caring for your Organic Cart

 

Use and Storage

Organics material can be placed directly into the Cart; however, the Town suggests the following:
Bags are recommended, but not required, for organics disposal; however, only compostable bags with the BPI or Compostable logos are permitted in the Organic Carts. These logos distinguish certified products from other products on the market that are not compostable. The logo below should be located on the outside of the package and on the liner:
 
 
 
These bags are usually light green and can be purchased from most stores that sell garbage bags. Using the wrong type of bags, such as biodegradable bags, will result in contamination of the loads. These bags are not accepted in the Town's curbside organics program. Paper-based composting bags do not require the BPI logo and are suitable for use in the Town's Organic Cart program.
 
While biodegradable products breakdown somewhat, they generally continue to exist in smaller pieces when they go through a municipal composting program. Compostable products, on the other hand, break down completely.
 
Do not:


Reducing Odours

The Organic Cart has been designed to promote oxygen flow to the organics inside the Cart. This allows the composting process to begin, which will dry out the materials and reduce odours.

Keeping it Clean

 

Winter Care Tips

To prevent organics material from freezing to the inside of the Cart:
 

Pest Control

Pests (such as flies, maggots and other critters) have always been a commonly occurring problem with waste collection programs, even before organics programs were introduced. While pests may be difficult to eliminate completely, these tips will help you get rid of them or (even better) avoid them altogether.
 
Maggots and Flies
Animals or Vermin

Moving?

If you move, the Cart must be left at the residence, or you may be charged.
 

Damaged or Stolen Cart?

If your Cart is damaged, stolen or vandalized, please contact Operations at 780.349.4444. Residents are responsible for any damage caused to Carts, except that caused by the contractor's drivers.