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What goes in the green cart

All food and yard waste can go in the green cart, including many materials that can't go in a backyard composter.Download a list of Green Cart acceptable materials.

Even small amounts add up, so remember to include the food from meal preparation, cleaning out the fridge and plate scrapings too. Learn how to collect food and yard waste on our Using Your Green Cart page.

Yes. Put these compostables into your green cart.

Plate scrapings
Plate Scrapings

Meat, fish, poultry, shellfish and bones

Meat Fish Shellfish and Bones
 
Fruits and vegetables Remove any stickers.
Fruits and Vegetables
Bread, pasta, noodles, rice, beans, couscous, grains, crackers, cereal
Breads Noodles Rice Beans Grains
 
Eggs, eggshells and dairy products (e.g. cheese, sour cream, etc.)
Eggshells Dairy Products

Cooking oil, lard, shortening, butter, sauces, grease, dips, salad dressing, mayonnaise and gravy

Cooking oil and grease
 
Pastries, cookies, cakes and muffins
Pastries Cookies Cakes Muffins
Nuts, seeds, pits, chips, popcorn and candy
Nuts Seeds Chips Popcorn Candy
 
Paper plates
Paper p

Coffee grounds, coffee filters and tea bags

Coffee grounds
 
Food-soiled paper towels, napkins and tissues
Paper towels, napkins and tissues
 
Leaves
Leaves

Plants and flowers

Plants Weeds
 
Branches, twigs, and hedge prunings
Less than 15 cm in diameter and 1.25 m in length.
Branches and Prunings
Grass clippings
and sod

You can also leave your grass clippings on the lawn to return valuable nutrients to your soil.

Grass Clippings Sod
 

Weeds

Weeds
Soil
Soil
 

Christmas trees
Trunks must be less than 15 cm in diameter and the tree cut down into 1.25 m lengths.

Christmas Trees
Hay
Hay
 

*Always fill your green cart first. Yard waste can be put loose inside the cart. If your green cart is full, use paper yard waste bags. Extra branches can also be tied in 1.25 m bundles with natural fibre string.

 

Pet waste and kitty litter (all varieties)
Must be collected in a certified compostable bag or paper bag.

Kitty litter

Animal bedding
(e.g. from pet cages)
Must be collected in a certified compostable bag or paper bag.

Animal bedding
 

Pet fur, hair or feathers
Must be collected in a certified compostable bag or paper bag.

Pet hair

Pet food and treats

Pet food and treats
 
Cold barbeque or fireplace ashes
Must be collected in a certified compostable bag or paper bag.
Fireplace ashes
Untreated lumber
Untreated lumber
 
Wood shavings/
sawdust
Must be collected in a certified compostable bag or paper bag.
Wood shavings
Wooden popsicle sticks, chopsticks and toothpicks
Popsicle Sticks
 

Can meat, bones and pet waste be safely composted in the green cart?

Yes. Many more materials can be safely composted with your green cart because of the advanced technology used at the composting facility. During the composting process the material reaches and maintains temperatures of at least 55 degrees Celsius, which kills any harmful bacteria found in materials like meat and pet waste. Learn more about the composting process.

No. Please keep these items OUT of your green cart.

  • No plastic, oxo-biodegradable or biodegradable bags. If using a bag, only use use certified compostable bags.
  • No diapers, wipes or sanitary products
  • No food or beverage packaging
  • No plastic plates or cutlery
  • No painted or treated wood
  • No fruit or vegetable stickers

If in doubt, check it out. Use our fast and easy What Goes Where search tool to find out where it can be composted, recycled or safely disposed.