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Make it a green Christmas

Compost your real tree in your green cart

There are two ways to compost your real tree:

  1. Compost your real tree using your green cart by following a few easy steps.
  2. Take your real tree to one of our drop-off locations.

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Compost your holiday food waste in your green cart

Composting with your green cart can cut your garbage in half! Use your green cart to dispose food waste such as:

  • Turkey carcasses and other bones
  • Pastries, cookies, cakes and muffins
  • Plate scrapings and vegetable scraps
  • All food-soiled paper, including napkins, paper plates, coffee filters, baking paper and liners
  • Cooking oil, lard, shortening, jam, butter, sauces, grease, dips, salad dressing, mayonnaise and gravy

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Recycle wrapping paper, packaging and more

Place these items in your blue cart or take them to a community recycling depot. Remember to put all your recycling in loose - do not use plastic bags.

  • Wrapping paper and tissue paper: A little tape is ok.
  • Cardboard boxes, gift boxes, shoe and shipping boxes: Flatten your boxes to make extra room in your blue cart.
  • Paper gift bags: Remove the handles before recycling.
  • Holiday cards and envelopes
  • Moulded plastic packaging with recycling symbol #1-7
  • Bubble wrap: Bundle inside a clear plastic bag and tie the handles closed.
  • Cookie and chocolate tins: Eat the cookies and chocolates first.

 



Throw away these holiday items

Place these items in your black cart for regular garbage collection.

  • Foil or metallic-coated wrapping paper
  • Ribbons, bows and string (that you can't reuse)
  • Broken ornaments and tinsel
  • Foam packaging, even if it has a recycling symbol
  • Artificial Christmas trees

More questions? Check out our What Goes Where search tool.