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Green Cart Tips

Here are some easy and convenient tips for collecting food and yard waste in your green bin.

Never miss a collection day

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Prevent odours and insects

Prevent odours and pests with baking soda
  • Use a compostable bag, paper bag or newspaper liner in your kitchen pail.
  • Put your green cart out for collection every week - even if it's not full.
  • Keep the lid of the kitchen pail and green cart closed.
  • Empty your kitchen pail into your green cart every 2-3 days.
  • Consider freezing meat and fish waste until collection day - especially during warm weather.
  • Wrap food scraps in a paper towel or old newspaper before putting them in your kitchen pail.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of vinegar or baking soda in your kitchen pail and green cart.
  • Capture fruit flies with a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap with several small holes in it. Empty as required.

Note: Maggots are the larva stage of the housefly. Flies are attracted to cooked and raw meat and will lay eggs on this material, which will hatch into maggots. Using compostable/paper bags is an effective way to prevent maggots since it prevents flies from getting into contact with your food waste.

Clean carts and pails

You are responsible for taking care of your carts and keeping them clean from odours, dirt and pests. Here are some suggestions:

Clean pails in the dishwasher

Prevent material from sticking to the cart

Prevent organic material from sticking to your cart
  • During the cold winter months, some material may freeze to the cart. If you find this is a problem, place crumpled newspaper on the bottom of your cart then add your compostable items.
  • If grass clippings are sticking to your cart, consider putting them in a paper yard waste bag first and roll up the bag. If there's room, put the paper yard waste bag inside the green cart.

Storage best practices

Convenient storage under the sink
  • Store your kitchen pail under the sink or on the counter for easy access.
  • Store your green cart in your garage or another shady spot in warm weather.
  • Consider storing your blue and green cart in a more accessible location since the majority of your garbage can either be recycled or composted, so these carts will be used most often. The black cart can be stored in a different location since it will only be put out for collection once every two weeks.