Your Green Cart - What's Out?

There are a lot of things we can compost, but there are also items that would be dangerous to workers, get stuck in machinery, and that can spoil the quality of the organic materials we collect. Some of these items are still compostable but have to be handled differently; whether at our Yard Waste Sites or the Waste & Recycling Centre. 



No Plastic BagsNo Plastic BagsPlastic bags, even those that say Compostable or Biodegradable, will not be accepted in this program. <ul><li>Biodegradable Bags</li><li>Compostable Bags​</li></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bags<br></li></ul>
No Plastic ContainersNo Plastic ContainersPlastic containers do not belong in your green cart, even if they they are labelled Compostable or Biodegradable. They can be placed in your blue recycling cart if they are labeled with recycling symbols 1-7. <ul><li>​Plastic Containers (even if they say Compostable/Biodegradable)</li></ul><p><br></p>
No Household Products/MaterialsNo Household Products/MaterialsHousehold products can contain plastics, chemicals, and other materials that spoil the quality of the compost. ​Please place the following household products and materials in your black cart:<ul><li>Coffee pods - These may be recycled by some manufacturers, but they are not accepted in our green or blue carts. Please place in your black cart. <br></li><li>Foam trays, Foam Packaging & Butcher Paper<br></li><li>Fruit/Vegetable Stickers<br></li></ul><p><br></p><ul><li>Hygiene Products (Diapers, Wipes, Sanitary Products)<br></li><li>Paper Towels with Cleaning Products on them<br></li><li>Dryer Sheets & Dryer Lint<br></li></ul>
No Construction/Building MaterialsNo Construction/Building MaterialsOur curbside organics program is designed to handle household organic materials only. <ul><li>Painted & Treated Wood</li><li>​Nails</li><li>Concrete</li><li>Screws</li><li>Scrap Metal​</li><li>Bricks<br></li></ul><ul><li>Tile<br></li><li>Carpet<br></li><li>Drywall - Clean, new construction drywall free of paint and debris may be recycled at the Waste & Recycling Centre, or placed in your black cart. <br></li></ul><p><br></p>
No Exempt Yard MaterialsNo Exempt Yard MaterialsNot all yard waste materials can go into your green cart. Make sure to check out the Waste Wizard to see What's In and What's Out.<ul><li>Diseased Branches, Noxious Weeds, & Elm Wood - These may be bagged, tied closed and placed in your black cart. </li></ul><p></p><p></p><ul><li>Rocks, Gravel, Soil & Sod Rolls - Take to the Waste & Recycling Centre.</li></ul><p></p><p></p><ul><li>​Fire Pit, Fire Place or BBQ Ashes - Place cold ashes inside a paper bag and place in your black cart. Never place hot ashes in your black cart. <br></li></ul><p></p>
OtherOtherSome organic mateirals such as pet waste or textiles are not able to go into your green cart. If you are unsure about an item, check out the Waste Wizard at <ul><li>Animal Carcasses - Take to the Waste & Recycling Centre</li></ul><p></p><p></p><ul><li>Vehicle Oil - Take to the Hazardous Waste area at the Waste & Recycling Centre</li></ul><p></p><p></p><ul><li>Kitty Litter, Dog Poop & Other Animal Waste - Place in your black cart.<br></li></ul><p></p><ul><li>​Textiles - Donate to reuse centres or place in your black cart.<br></li></ul><p></p><p></p><ul><li>Medications - These can be taken to pharmacies participating in the ENVIRx Program or taken to the Waste & Recycling Centre.<br></li></ul>

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