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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 YES materials.

You can also learn more about how to dispose of waste on our Using Your Green Cart page.

Yes! All these items can go in your green cart

Plate scrapings
Plate Scrapings
Meat, fish, shellfish and bones
Meat Fish Shellfish and Bones
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and Vegetables
Bread, noodles, rice, beans and grains
Breads Noodles Rice Beans Grains
Eggshells and dairy products
Eggshells Dairy Products
Jams, sauces, salad dressings and cooking oil
James Sauces Dressings Oils
Pastries, cookies, cakes and muffins
Pastries Cookies Cakes Muffins
Nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn and candy
Nuts Seeds Chips Popcorn Candy
Paper plates, paper towels and napkins
Paper Plates Napkins
Coffee filters and tea bags
Coffee Filters Tea Bags
Plants and weeds
Plants Weeds
Branches and prunings
(less than
15 cm in diameter)
Branches and Prunings
Grass clippings* and sod
Grass Clippings Sod

* Want to do more? Leave your grass clippings on the lawn after you mow. Clippings will quickly decompose returning valuable nutrients and moisture to the soil.

Kleenex and tissue paper
Kleenex Tissue Paper
Pet fur, hair or feathers
Pet Fur Hair Feathers
Animal bedding (e.g. from pet cages)
Animal Bedding
Wooden popsicle sticks and toothpicks
Popsicle Sticks
All varieties of kitty litter and pet waste (collected in a compostable or paper bag)
Kitty Litter
Certified compostable bags, paper bags or newspaper liners can be used to collect food waste in your kitchen pail
Popsicle Sticks

NO! These items should not go in your green cart

  • No plastic, oxo-biodegradable or biodegradable bags. Only use certified compostable bags, sheets of old newspaper/flyers or paper bags to line your kitchen pail.
  • No diapers, wipes or sanitary products
  • No food or beverage packaging
  • No plastic plates, utensils or takeout containers
  • No painted or treated wood
  • No fruit or vegetable stickers

Not sure where it goes? Use our fast and easy What Goes Where search tool to find out the best way to dispose of your items.