In 2016 pickups will be every Tuesday the entire year.
What is Organic Waste
Organic waste is household food waste and garden waste (such as leaves, twigs, weeds, etc.). The Organic Waste collection will contribute to reducing the amount of residual waste going to landfills. It also allows us to recover a valuable resource and transform it into nutrient rich compost for gardens and landscaping.
Organic Waste includes:
- fruits and vegetables - milk products
- eggshells - bread, pasta and cereal products
- fish and seafood - nutshells
- meat and poultry (including bones) - coffee and tea bags
- garden and yard waste
- weeds, twigs, leaves, thatch, mulch
- twigs and small branches from shrubs or hedges
(diameter less than 2 cm, length less than 1 m)
- non-waxed paper plates - condiments
- paper towels - soiled newspapers
- tissues - animal food
- non-plasticized food packaging
(e.g. pizza boxes, flour bags)
Organic waste does not include:
- plastic bags (even if compostable)
- dryer lint
- waxed paper
- plasticized wrappings
- big tree branches - dead animals - wood
- textiles - hazardous household waste
- ceramic - soiled pet litter
- recyclable materials - diapers and sanitary products
Note: the use of newspapers or paper bags in the bins is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended for sanitary reasons. All food waste, wrapped or not, must be deposited in the wheeled brown bin for the collection.
For your surplus green waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) put them in a paper bag, cardboard box or empty garbage can beside your wheeled brown bin on pickup day.
Under no circumstances will plastic bags (including biodegradable, compostable or those made of cornstarch) be accepted in the organic waste pick-up. The accepted food waste bags are made from all-natural materials and are designed to decompose completely into the soil. They contain no plastic and are available in small size for kitchen use and large size for lining the wheeled bin. You can purchase bags locally in grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, big box outlets and for a limited time at the John A Simms Community Centre.
Need more information? Contact Chris Kearney at firstname.lastname@example.org