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Green Cart Tips

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

General cleanliness best practices

Use a compostable bag, paper bag or newspaper liner in your kitchen pail. These liners are fully compostable and can go in the green cart along with any food waste.

Prevent odours and insects

Prevent odours and pests with baking soda
  • 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.
  • Wrap meat scraps and bones in a paper towel or old newspaper before putting them in your kitchen pail.
  • Consider freezing meat and fish waste until collection day - especially during warm weather.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda in your kitchen pail and green cart.

How to get rid of fruit flies and maggots

  • Trap fruit flies in the kitchen by placing a small amount of cider vinegar covered with plastic wrap with several small holes in it. Empty as required.
  • Clean your sink drains and washcloths often.
  • Keep ripened fruit or vegetables in the fridge until the problem is resolved.
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.
  • Open the lid of the green cart to allow the birds to eat the maggots.Sprinkle salt, white vinegar, garden lime on top of the maggots. Diatomaceous Earth is a natural fossil product that kills maggots. Check garden centers and nurseries for availability.
  • Rinse your green cart out with a hose and pour the water onto your grass/gravel, not down the storm drain.

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
  • Rinse your kitchen pail with hot water or place inside your dishwasher.
  • Rinse your cart with a hose and pour the dirty water onto grass/gravel, not down the storm drain.

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.
  • Layer wet (kitchen scraps or grass clippings) and dry materials (leaves or branches) in your cart to reduce the chances of materials becoming stuck.
  • If material is getting stuck inside the cart, use a broom or shovel handle to loosen them.

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.
  • Please note that if your kitchen pail is damaged, The City will not provide you a new one. You can purchase kitchen pails at any big box or hardware retailer. You can also reuse any container with a lid that seals, such as an ice cream pail.