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Using your green cart

Using your cart as part of the Green Cart Food & Yard Waste program is not only easy, it's important. When you use your green bin, you can cut your garbage in half, save valuable space in our landfill and create valuable compost for farms, parks and gardens.

​Four easy steps for ​using your green cart

Line the pail with a compostable bag


1. Line the pail

Put a compostable bag, paper bag or newspaper liner (view folding instructions) inside the kitchen pail. Store the pail in a convenient location in your kitchen.

Note: Lining the pail is a great way to keep it clean and tidy, but it's not required.
Fill the pail with food scraps

2. Fill the pail with food scraps

Place all your food waste into the kitchen pail. All food, including meat, bones and dairy can go in - just scrape your plate. See a full list of what can go in your green cart.

Empty the pail into your green cart

3. Empty the pail into your green cart

When your pail is full, tie off the bag and drop it into your green cart. Add yard waste (bagged or unbagged) to the green cart too.

Important: Always fill your green cart first. Use paper yard waste bags for yard waste that doesn't fit inside the cart.
Roll out your cart for pick-up

4. Roll your cart out for pick-up

Place your green cart and any paper yard waste bags out for collection by 7 a.m. every week on your collection day. Sign up to receive free reminders so you never miss a collection day.

Green Cart tips

Never miss a collection day

Sign up to receive free reminders before your pick-up. Choose from several different reminders available:

  • App for iPhone and Android devices
  • Text message
  • Email
  • Phone call
  • Embed your schedule into your online calendar

Prevent odours and pests

  • 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.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of vinegar or baking soda in your kitchen pail and green cart to minimize odour.
  • Capture fruit flies with a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap with several small holes in it. Empty as required.

Clean carts and pails

  • Use a compostable bag, paper bag or newspaper liner in your kitchen pail.
  • Layer your green cart to keep material from sticking. Place crumpled newspaper on the bottom of your cart and alternate layers of kitchen waste/grass clippings with soiled newspaper or leaves.
  • 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.

Storage best practices

  • Store your kitchen pail under the sink or on the counter for easy access.
  • Store your green cart in your garage or in 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.