Curbside Composting Service
Coming to White City April 2021!
Curbside Composting is a curbside service, similar to current garbage and recycling services, provided to give residents an easy way to dispose of yard waste and some organic materials.
In March 2021 the town will work with Loraas Disposal to provide all residents with a green curbside bin. Beginning Tuesday April 6, 2021 composting services will begin - fill your bin with approved organic materials, no bagging or boxing of items, and roll it to the curb before 7:00 a.m. each Tuesday for collection.
You can place the following organic materials in your bin:
- Pizza Boxes and Soiled Cardboard
- Un-Bagged Lawn Clippings, Leaves and Weeds
- Tree Branches less than 1” in diameter
- Fruits, Vegetables and Peelings
- Egg Shells
- Breads, Grains, Beans and Flour
- Raw and Spoiled Meats
- Plate Scrapings
- Coffee Grounds, Filters and Tea Bags
- Cut Flowers
- Dryer Lint
- Vacuum Contents
- Wood Chips and Sawdust
Did you know? The majority of items labelled ‘biodegradable’ are not suitable for composting. If in doubt: stick to the list above or look for a ‘compostable’ label.
Tips for Composting
Use a compostable Bin LinerApproved bin liners are available at the White City Town Office for purchase - or pick up your preferred compostable bin liner. Please note that biodegradable liners are not permitted as they do not break down properly in composting.
- Collect food waste in a small container with a lid. Store it inside a cupboard, underneath your sink, or outside your backdoor. Ensure the lid is fully closed.
- Line your container with newspaper or a paper bag, or simply wrap food in a napkin. Please do not use waxed, plastic, plastic-lined, or biodegrable bags.
- Drain excess liquids from your food waste before placing in the container.
- Freeze food waste until collection day.
- Empty the contents of your container into your bin as frequently as necessary.
- Rinse your container after emptying it into your bin.
- Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your container to reduce odours and deter insects.
- Catch fruit flies in a mason jar of vinegar covered with plastic wrap, pricked with a few holes.
- Set your cart out for every collection, even if it isn't full.
- Store your bin outside in a shady, flat, and ventilated location.
- Keep the lid fully closed.
- Line your cart with newsprint, cardboard, or yard waste before adding food waste.
- Covering food waste with yard waste will help prevent odours and insects. Keep the contents of your cart dry by alternating a layer of food waste with a layer of dried leaves, grass clippings, or dead plants.
- Let leaves, grass, and yard waste dry out first before placing them into your cart.
- Rinse your bin occasionally with a garden hose.
- Sprinkle a small amount of vinegar or baking soda into your bin to reduce odour.