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
- Organic Carts are picked up once per week from May to October.
- On your collection day, wheel the Organic Cart to the curb, where your garbage and recycling are collected.
- Your Organic Cart must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on your organics collection day.
- To move your Organic Cart to the street, hold the cart by both handles and tilt it towards you. Push or pull it toward the street.
- Please be sure your Organic Cart is placed one metre (four feet) clear of any obstacle, in each direction, including overhead and between Carts. As Organic Carts are collected using automated vehicles, sufficient space between other items and possible obstructions is required.
- Please ensure the lid is fully closed on the Organic Cart. If it is not, your organics may not be collected.
A truck with a special lift/arm will empty your Cart and take your organics to the Composting Facility.
|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
• Grains, nuts, flour, etc.
• Fruits, vegetables, peelings
• Meat products and bones*
• Pasta and rice
• Soup stock
• Tea bags
• Brush or prunings
• Garden foliage
• Grass clippings
• Small branches
• 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.
• Beverage (pop) cans
• Diapers or wipes
• Electronics or small appliances
• Fire ashes
• Household hazardous waste
• Hot drink cups
• Hazardous Waste
• Plastic bags
• Plastic toys
• Sod and soil
Caring for your Organic Cart
Use and Storage
Organics material can be placed directly into the Cart; however, the Town suggests the following:
- use a kitchen catcher to collect food scraps, and empty them into your Organic Cart when the kitchen catcher is full. It can also be used with or without a lining of compostable bags, paper bags or newsprint
- if you prefer not to use compostable bags, line the Cart’s bottom and sides with a few pages of newspaper or soiled cardboard to prevent material from sticking to the Cart
- do not pack material into the Cart, as this may cause material to stick
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.
- overfill the Cart;
- contaminate the Cart with improper material;
- pack garbage into Cart; or
- write or spray paint the Cart.
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.
- Odours are often caused by too much moisture. Reduce moisture by layering dry (paper or leaves) and wet (food waste) materials in your Cart. This will help wet or smelly organics dry out and start the composting process.
- Layer organics by placing a layer of wet waste (e.g. - kitchen waste) and then dry waste (e.g. - newspaper). Alternate layers of wet and dry material
Keeping it Clean
- Store the Cart in a shady, well-ventilated area.
- When cleaning out your refrigerator, try waiting until the day before your collection day, rather than the day after.
- Set your Organic Cart out for collection every week, even if it is not full.
- After each collection, tip over your Organic Cart to pour out any liquid left behind. You can also rinse your Cart periodically with a hose or clean with a mild detergent solution to wash away debris and buildup. When rinsing, please drain your Cart onto landscaped areas, such as on your lawn or near shrubbery and not into storm sewers. Allow the Cart to dry completely before its next use.
Winter Care Tips
To prevent organics material from freezing to the inside of the Cart:
- line the Cart with newspaper, pizza boxes or cardboard
- wrap wet organics material in newspaper, paper towels or soiled cardboard
- alternate layers in the Cart with wet and dry materials
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
- Maggots are fly larvae and occur when flies lay eggs on organic waste. They typically have a seven-day life cycle, depending on temperatures and other conditions, such as moisture. Discourage flies from laying their eggs in your Organic Cart by reducing odours and reducing access to food waste in the Cart.
- Certain odours will repel flies, such as pennyroyal, camphor, eucalyptus, mint or bay. Try hanging some bruised leaves of these herbs in clusters, or apply dabs of herbal oil to the outside of your Organic Cart.
- Flies are attracted to protein, like meat and bones. Try waiting until the night before collection to place these items in the Organic Cart. If space permits, place these items in a paper container (e.g. - an empty paper ice cream container) and store them in your freezer. In any case, wrap meat and seafood scraps before placing in your kitchen catcher or your Organic Cart.
- Line the outer rim of your Organic Cart with salt or spray with vinegar to keep flies from entering. You can also sprinkle rock salt or garden lime inside the Cart. If you get flies or maggots in your Organic Cart
- During the summer, cover your Cart with black plastic sheeting (e.g. - a garbage bag) to trap heat and kill off the flies. Flies are most active during temperatures of 20 to 25°C and become undetectable above 45°C and below 10°C.
- Cover maggots with powdered garden lime, salt or vinegar.
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth, a natural product that kills maggots, slugs, etc., on the critters and over the Organic Cart waste. Check garden centres and nurseries for availability.
- Clean your Organic Cart thoroughly after the next collection day, using water and a light detergent or a water/vinegar solution. Leave no residue in the bottom of the Cart, and ensure it is dry before use.
Animals or Vermin
- If animals are a problem, store the Cart away from fences, trees, tables or chairs.
- Be sure to clasp the lockable lid on your Cart.
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.