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Using your green cart


Using your cart as part of the Green Cart program is easy and will quickly become a part of your everyday routine.

Below you'll find step by step instructions on collecting food waste inside your home along with how to collect yard and pet waste.

Be sure to set your green cart out for collection by 7 a.m. every week on your collection day. Find out your collection day.

Collecting food waste in the kitchen

#1 Line your kitchen pail (optional)

While your food scraps can be placed in the cart loose, you can control odours and keep your cart clean by using a compostable bag, paper bag or newspaper liner in your kitchen pail.

Store the pail in a convenient location in your kitchen. See a list of approved compostable bags and where to buy them.

You can also make a kitchen pail liner out of newspaper or flyers. Follow our quick kitchen pail liner folding instructions.
Line the pail with a compostable bag
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#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.


Preventing odours

We suggest wrapping meat scraps and bones in paper towel or old newspaper before putting them into your kitchen pail. Consider freezing meat and fish waste until collection day, especially during warm weather. You can also sprinkle a small amount of baking soda in your kitchen pail and green cart.

During warm weather, store your green cart in your garage or another shaded spot.

Preventing insects 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.

Keep ripened fruit or vegetables in the fridge until the problem is resolved. Clean your sink drains and washcloths often.

Maggots are the larva stage of the housefly. They are attracted to cooked and raw meat and will lay eggs on these items.

We suggest using compostable or paper bags as an effective way to prevent maggots since it prevents houseflies from getting into contact with your food waste.

You can also open the lid of the green cart to allow birds to eat the maggots; or sprinkle salt, white vinegar or garden lime on the maggots.
Fill the pail with food scraps
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#3 Empty the pail into your green cart

When your pail is full, tie off the compostable bag or roll down the newspaper liner and put it into your green cart.

We suggest emptying your kitchen pail into your green cart every two-to-three days. Put out your green cart for collection every available pickup even if it's not full. Always keep the lid of the kitchen pail and green cart closed.
Empty the pail into your green cart
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Collecting yard and pet waste

#1 Fill your green cart first

Always fill your green cart first. Yard waste can be put loose inside the cart.

Preventing items from sticking

If grass clippings are sticking to your cart, consider putting them into a paper yard waste bag. Or, layer wet items like kitchen scraps or grass clippings with dry materials like leaves and branches.
Use paper yard waste bags if your green cart is full
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#2 If your green cart is full, use extra paper yard waste bags

Please note: During spring and fall season, we will collect material in green carts, but may limit the number of extra paper yard waste bags we pick up to ensure everyone gets service. If some of your extra bags are not picked up, please store them on your property until next week's collection.

Extra branches can also be tied in four foot bundles with natural fibre string (e.g. cotton, twine, jute).

On collection day, set paper yard waste bags or branches at least one foot away from the side of your cart. Make sure the bags are rolled up and can be easily lifted. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.

Fill your green cart first
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#3 Put pet waste in compostable bags

Pet waste must be put in a certified compostable bag or paper bag, and tied/rolled-closed, before going in your green cart. This is required for the safety of your collector and will also help limit odours and prevent from sticking to your cart.
Collect pet waste in a compostable bag
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Cleaning your kitchen pail and green cart

Clean your kitchen pail

Rinse your kitchen pail with hot water or place inside your dishwasher to clean.

Store your kitchen pail under the sink or on the counter for easy access.

Please note: If your kitchen pail is damaged, lost or missing after moving The City will not provide a new one.

You can purchase kitchen pails at any big box or hardware store. You can also use any container with a lid that seals such as an ice cream pail.
Collect pet waste in a compostable bag
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Clean your green cart

Rinse your cart with a hose and pour the dirty water on the grass/gravel. Do not pour the dirty water down the storm drain.

If material is getting stuck inside the cart, use a broom or shovel handle to loosen them.

Consider storing your green and blue carts in an easy to access location since most garbage can 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 every two weeks.

If your carts are broken or missing, please call 311 for a free repair or replacement.
Collect pet waste in a compostable bag
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