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Using your green cart

Using your cart as part of the Green Cart Food & Yard Waste 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. We also have more helpful green bin tips to help keep it clean, tidy and convenient.

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

Line the pail with a compostable bag

1. Line the pail

Put a compostable bag, paper bag or newspaper liner 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.

Empty the pail into your green cart

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.

Collecting yard and pet waste

Use paper yard waste bags if your green cart is full

1. Fill your green cart first

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

Fill your green cart first

2. Use paper yard waste bags only if your green cart is full

During the busy spring and fall season, we will collect material in green carts, but may limit the number of extra paper yard waste bags that are picked up to ensure everyone gets service.

As a precaution, store your full paper yard waste bag in a dry place with the top rolled closed for collection day.

Yard waste in plastic bags set out with the green cart will not be picked up.

Extra branches can also be tied in 1.25 metre (4 ft.) bundles with natural fibre string (e.g. cotton, twine, jute).

On collection day, set bags or branches at least 30 cm (1 ft.) away from the side of your cart. Make sure the bags are rolled up and can be easily lifted.

If some of your extra bags are not picked up, please store them on your property until next week's collection.

Collect pet waste in a compostable bag

3. Collect pet waste in a certified compostable bag or paper bag and put it in your green cart